March 13, 2015 - Style

Spring Essentials: All About the Button Down

button down
Last week, I mentioned the new series that I introduced. Today, I am featuring a different spring essential to add to your wardrobe.

Our second week is all about the button down. I can easily put them on and be on the go feeling put together. Here’s three reasons why this is an essential that you’ll need:

Three Reasons Why Button Downs are a Spring Essential

1. A good button down are versatile and can be paired with ANY bottoms — jeans, skirts, pants, or shorts.
2. There are many style options to choose from whether short sleeve or long sleeve — chambray, plaid, polka dot, or bold color.
3. It gives you classic and modern look to your style that can be easily dressed up or down. They are a trend that lasts forever and goes a long way.

You can’t go wrong with the type of button down you use. Here are a few ways that I styled my button down collection this past year.


[Chambray Button Down: Similar]

[White Button Down: Similar]

[Striped Button Down: Similar]

[Yellow Button Down: Similar]

It’s Your Turn:  Do you like the classic button down or are you more into colors or plaids?


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  • I too love a good button down. And I totally agree that they are a closet essential!

  • Kim

    Enjoying seeing what you are wearing again. I get lost of inspiration from your posts. Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you Kim. Have a beautiful weekend.

  • any advice for button downs when you’re pregnant??? I’m struggling with thinking about spring fashion because there’s so much great stuff out there but my belly is in the way lol

    • Jay

      Smock-style button down shirts are sold to regular folks (non-pregnant). Joan Rivers on QVC sells them (I think they’re called boyfriend shirts but they are really smock-style). You may have to go up a size. Also, clothing stores for pregnant women may have them. Clothing from specialty stores can be more expensive but you can wait for sales to buy what you need. If there’s a store near you, you can ask the salesperson when will the next sales take place & they should be able to tell you (or you can ask the Assistant Manager if the salesperson doesn’t know). I hope this helps.

      • Perfect response Jay!

      • thanks Jay!!! I guess I need to get my shop on!

  • Any suggestions for button downs for a full bust? I love the look, and yet always struggle to find one that doesn’t gape at the chest. I’m usually a Medium or 10/12 in a top- but my bust is a 34G- so that’s where I have trouble. Thx!

    • Hi Lynne! That is an unfortunate issue with button downs. Have you tried wearing a cami or tank under them and unbuttoning it? I do this with mine that gap and it not only works great but looks cute too.

    • Julia

      HI Lynne, I too have the “Gap-osis” problem. 38G with narrow shoulders…sigh…you either get a larger size and the shoulder seams are at your elbows, or get the right shoulder size and your flashing cleavage everywhere.
      Here is a little trick that works if the shirt has a little stretch :
      Using ultra fine matching thread and a fine needle, top stitch over the seams on the button placket from the top of your first closed button down to the hem line of the shirt. Then you can just take the shirt off over your head! Works great on stretch pants with ugly zipper closings too.

      • Love your trick Julia!

  • Love this, I don’t think I would have thought of it as a spring essential, but you’re so right! I love that with the different shapes of the button down (and different length sleeves) it can totally change up your look too!

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