All-new button-downs for spring, part 1

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APC top

There are so many good button-downs out there right now that this post grew unwieldy and had to become a two-parter. This A.P.C. top looks like a Liberty print, but I can’t be certain. It is very good in any case, though.

lag top

I like the sleeve length on this L’agence shirt, and the sort of dusky army green.

crew shirt

There are few things I like more than red, white, and blue stripes.

vince blouse

This silk rose gold top has the just-right amount of sheen.

treasure shirt

Just a classic white button-down, nicely priced. Here’s one in extended sizes.

rebel shirt

I don’t typically like tie-waist shirts, but this is pretty snappy.

equipment shirt

The off-kilter heart print here is quite winning.

etoile shirt

I have a sneaking suspicion I’ve already  posted this Etoile Isabel Marant top, but I’m doing it again because 1. I honestly can’t remember and 2. It’s so good.

barbour shirt

This Barbour shirt has tiny anchors all over it, which is pretty cute.

chance shirt

I love Xirena shirts: they’re so lightweight and well-cut.

veda shirt

This shirt is just loud enough to be fun, but not too loud.

gingham shirt

A gingham shirt is as good for work as it is weekends.

rails shirt

I like the faded-out blue here.

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13 Thoughts on All-new button-downs for spring, part 1
    moi
    10 Apr 2018
    8:17am

    That last shirt by Rails is exactly what I’ve been looking for for spring. Thanks! I’ve never bought this brand, though. Has anyone here? Is Rails really all that?

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      Mary Alice
      10 Apr 2018
      10:35am

      I have a couple of Rails shirts. They have a nice drape and the fabric is good quality, but in my opinion, they’re overpriced. They also run small. (You can get them at Nordstrom Rack).

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        Sammy
        11 Apr 2018
        12:00pm

        You can get them on eBay.

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      Kate
      10 Apr 2018
      11:24am

      Be very careful washing your Rails shirts. They really should be handwashed- as they are pretty delicate. But, that is how you get that soft drape and feel!

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    Dana D
    10 Apr 2018
    9:07am

    Oh god, Kim…

    The first one I love and then I see it has my name but I have to pay my pretty big tax bill today and…

    oh god, why?

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    Candy
    10 Apr 2018
    10:15am

    Great collection. Before I did my taxes, I’d be ordering the Xirena. But now….hoping there’s a Mango one in the next batch.

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    Kathi
    10 Apr 2018
    1:26pm

    A very nice collection, really want the first one! Eagerly awaiting second batch tomorrow.

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    Diane
    10 Apr 2018
    5:58pm

    The red, white, and blue striped shirt is on sale at JCrew for $55.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    10 Apr 2018
    7:30pm

    I love button downs for summer! Just roll up the sleeves and go. I have a J Crew one that’s very similar to the last shirt. And I love the red, white and blue stripe…American French girl. 😉

    Kim, do Xirena shirts run oversized?

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      y.k.
      10 Apr 2018
      8:27pm

      yes, that’s exactly what i want to know too – if Xirena runs as oversized as it looks.

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      KHD
      11 Apr 2018
      7:00am

      Same question. I’ve been hemming and hawing over a Channing shirt for a couple of months…

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    Ellie
    11 Apr 2018
    9:17pm

    Can someone please explain how to wear button-down shirts successfully? I love the idea, but cannot for the life of me figure out how to make them play nicely with my curvy bust/waist/hips ratio, with a cardigan, or with the waistband of my skirt/pants (I *hate* tucking). Help!

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      Mimi
      12 Apr 2018
      10:32am

      The one tip I can give you is that if you want to wear a shirt out, you’ll do best with a skirt or pants that sits on your waist. Then the shirt has a better chance of lying smooth. There’s always a waistband bulge with low-waisted pants. Hope that helps.

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