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Your Perfect Button-Down Shirt

Clients have been requesting more sustainability in their wardrobes lately. I always tell them that the number one way to build a sustainable wardrobe is to buy clothes that they love and to wear them. Having a foundation of classic pieces to build upon and freshen up with a few new, thoughtfully chosen items each season is a sustainable wardrobe strategy. Yes, it is wonderful to buy clothing made of recycled fibers, etc. but buying fewer pieces more intentionally is the best place to start.

The button-down shirt can be worn across all style types, styled up or down, and cover a multitude of body issues. The open neckline and collar of the classic version can help create a waist line, a tunic version can smooth over the middle section, and a peplum version can add instant drama to any outfit. Best of all, the button-down shirt is a classic that can live in your wardrobe for years to come.

Which button-down shirt is your favorite? I’ve already purchased a J.Crew Liberty of London version I can’t wait to start wearing!

Happy shopping!

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The Shirt

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Curvy women, look no further. These button-down shirts have extra buttons hidden in the placket to prevent gaping around the bust! We’ve been working with The Shirt for years, selling her fun colored and patterned shirts to our clients. Recently we’ve been pulling them for clients from Betsy Fisher and Tuckernuck.

The Shirt Essentials Icon Shirt, $84

The Shirt Signature Shirt, $98

The Shirt Ruffled Shirt, $98

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J.Crew

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J.Crew has been delving into Liberty prints more than ever, and their collection of stretch cotton button-down shirts is beautiful.

J.Crew Slim Perfect Shirt in Liberty Kayoko Deep Blue Floral, $98

J.Crew Slim Perfect Shirt in Liberty Shepherdly Song, $98

J.Crew Ruffle Classic Popover Shirt in Liberty Flora Belle, $110

J.Crew Curvy Slim Stretch Perfect Shirt, $69.50

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Athleta

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So you say you don’t need a button-down shirt because you’re not working in an office or you’re wearing workout clothes most days? Athleta will turn your athleisure uniform into an ultra-chic outfit with their shirts that are long enough for leggings.

Athleta Marinwood Stripe Shirt, $89 $43.99

Athleta Round Trip Shirt, $89 $71.99

Athleta Long and Lean Passage Shirt, $79

Athleta Northstar Shirt, $89

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Everlane

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Looking for high-quality silk and cotton shirts at a great price? Everlane has them. Their silk in particular is comparable to high-end designer brands and comes in a dozen fun colors.

Everlane Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt, $98

Everlane Relaxed Poplin Shirt, $55

Everlane Japanese Oxford Shirt, $58

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Grayson

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Grayson does one thing really well, and that’s button-down shirts. Their shirt, called The Hero, comes in tumbled linen and washed cotton.

Grayson Washed Cotton in Walker Blue and White Stripe, $138

Grayson Washed Cotton in Dolores Grey and White Stripe, $138

Grayson Tumbled Linen Bird Print Shirt, $148

Grayson Plaid Tumbled Linen in Blue Multi Stripe, $138

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Xirena

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These are the perfect “off-duty” casual cotton shirts. They have an effortless crinkly drape to them that makes them perfect for summer with shorts or fall with jeans and sneakers. We’re OBSESSED with the rainbow stripes.

Xirena Sweet Pea Beau Shirt, $166

Xirena Shadow Beau Shirt, $184

Xirena Tuleries Channing Shirt, $175

Xirena Aventine Beau Shirt, $240

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Lafayette 148

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We’ve recently had a couple of clients score amazing Lafayette 148 shirts on sale/consignment that were perfect for their wardrobes. These shirts are ultra chic with a touch of drama and interest.

Lafayette 148 Tilly Stripe Blouse, $378

Lafayette 148 Quintin Blouse, $388

Lafayette 148 Minnie Shirt, $398

Lafayette 148 Kehlani Embellished Poplin Blouse, $598

Lafayette 148 Marla Tunic Blouse, $398

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Palmer/Harding

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Palmer/Harding is a designer brand that specializes in shirts. This is the cotton shirt for our avant-garde readers. They describe the brand as “bridging the line between wardrobe essential and modern statement.”

Palmer/Harding Pointed Shirt, $510

Palmer/Harding Streep Stripe Shirt, $565

Palmer/Harding Spicy Shirt, $510

Palmer/Harding Long Super Shirt, $640

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Learn how you can train with Lani to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio

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