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Wednesday, April 17th 2013

Ask Shopbop: How to Buy a Button-Down

Clockwise, from top left: Product copywriter Annie in Faith Connexion, Boy. by Band of Outsiders, Rebecca Minkoff, Pierre Balmain.

Button-down shirts are such an easy go-to for spring. You can start the day with a jacket, and then shed the layer when it warms up to reveal smart rolled cuffs and a fitted silhouette. Button-downs are also a really easy wardrobe solve when you're craving something pulled together but feel short on time and creativity.

Preppy oxford styles pair nicely with classic denim or boyfriend chinos, and they look great with a simple cardi or striped boat-neck knit. But, keep the shoe feminine to avoid a masculine yachting look. I love a dainty, yet sharp pump in a bright color. Another option is a sexy, silk button-down. Pop the collar in the back, unbutton a few top buttons, throw on a statement necklace, tuck into high-waisted denim, and finish with a pair of strappy, high-heeled sandals.


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