I probably own more button-downs than any other single item in my wardrobe, and wear them most every day—this time of year layered under sweaters and hoodies, and when it’s warmer, on their own with chinos. I might be deluding myself, but I continue to think that these are among the most subtly sexy of garments, depending on how you wear them and what you wear them with. This blue striped number from J. Crew has an excellent slouch factor, and it looks just like Xirena, but costs about half as much as one of their shirts.
I dig the slightly loud lattice floral here. I might wear it under a cardigan or blazer, however, to quiet it down a bit.
This embroidered top has an ever-so-slightly hippie girl vibe that I appreciate.
And here’s another good ruffle neck shirt from Alex Mill, in a great army green.
The blue and black color combo here is just aces.
A sweet floral that will carry you right into spring.
And here’s a green floral that has an appeallingly vintage-y feel.
My red striped shirt is one of the most-worn articles of clothing I own—I love how bright, graphic, and frankly preppy it is.
This plaid band collar shirt looks like Isabel Marant to me, but it rings in under $40.
A pretty reasonably-priced silk blouse in a very rich brown.
This paisley-ish print is just so bright and happy.
The barely-there stripes on this one are rather spiff.
Here’s a nicely marked-down Nili Lotan shirt with a boxy—but not too boxy—cut.
The lace and pretty pink hue make this an appealingly feminine choice.
The aforementioned brand Xirena makes some of my favorite button-downs, like this classic white one
The grey plaid here feels a touch more sophisticated than your typical plaid shirt.
A silky top with three-quarter sleeves that hangs really nicely.
And finally: I can never resist a good star print.