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My all-time favorite outfit is a white button-down shirt, jeans, and bare feet. I don’t quite remember the genesis of my affection for this classic look — perhaps it began while growing up in New England, grew during my Catholic high school uniform days, and took its firm root in my college years, as I was drawn to a more traditional, American preppy style. Even now, wherever I am, whatever the occasion or time of year, you will likely find me in a crisp button-down. Here are my five reasons to wear a button-down this spring:
I. A Timeless Classic
There is perhaps no better season to showcase the virtues of this style icon than in the spring months. We find ourselves in wardrobe transition — between the heavier, layered look of winter and the casual, carefree style of summer. The softer air, with a cool breeze, still calls for long sleeves and a slight collar to cover the neck. Flowing between longer days and more temperate nights, a button-down is a steady style companion for it all.
II. Polished Professional
Whether you are working from home or back in the office, a button-down will have you looking like a polished professional at every turn. With its distinctive cut, sturdy structure, and solid color options — you will approach work activities and tasks with a sense of motivation and discipline while also looking the part of a serious, skillful, and experienced player. “Buttoned-up,” at every turn.
III. Always Appropriate
If I had to make a singular choice of what to wear to any occasion, and always feel like I was properly attired, it would be a classic button-down. Spring brings a flurry of activity. Familiar and seasonal events, planned milestone gatherings, and even last-minute invites demand our appearance. A classic button-down always fits the bill.
IV. Sophisticated Casual
There is something subtly sexy and sweetly feminine about a well cut button-down. When looking for a surprising style selection whether for a casual dinner party, date, baseball game, or Sunday brunch — a pastel button-down is a sophisticated look that will have you standing tall in your feminine power and turn some heads along the way.
V. Comfortable Confidence
Whether spending the weekends at home or out and about with family and friends this spring, a button-down brings a comfortable confidence that will have you feeling strong, spirited, and eager to enjoy the day. Soft cotton fabric brings an immediate sense of ease and comfort, while a slim fit and structure signals confidence, authenticity, and originality.