A white button-down shirt can never be a bad combination with a men’s suit, it’s a classic wardrobe staple that’s sure to impress and is a great canvas for any style.
From wedding parties, to everyday office attire (not to mention black-tie, birthdays and smart-casual) the possibilities with a white button-down shirt are limitless.
While the white button-down can never be a bad combination with your suit, it can be the make or break for your next suited occasion, whether for work or play, and we’re going to teach you exactly what to look for in your next white button-down purchase in this article.
Know Your Style
First and foremost, you need to know your style. It’s all too often that you’ll see men looking uncomfortable in attire that their ‘other-half’ has clearly picked out for them or you’ll often see the slightly-chubby-borderline-overweight guy wearing an unflattering cut. The first rule of choosing a white button-down is ‘don’t be that guy.’
So if you’re a little uncertain on your style, fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at this Pinterest search, to get a better idea of your body type, style and perfect white button-down match.
We know that shop attendants can, while in good character of course, sometimes be a little bit of a pain. Join the crowd and start using sites like ASOS to search for button-downs online, even though you might not make a purchase online, you can delve into your style a little better and know exactly what you’re looking for when you go in-store.
The Cut Counts
Just like a sirloin steak is a completely different cut to a piece of brisket, there’s different cuts of white button-downs too and the differences are just as important.
Whether you boast a larger frame, a smaller frame or you fit somewhere in between you need to think about different button-down options. Different occasions will call for different cuts and I’d like to share a couple of recommendations with you:
Recommendation: A slim button-down with crisp angles, a slim fitting button-down will make you feel confident and comfortable, allowing you to breeze through a wedding in comfort and style. Minor details, such as buttons in the collar are a good addition.
Suited Body Type: All
Recommendation: A looser fitting button-down, that will allow your body to breathe throughout your days engagements. Forget any minor details with the office button-down and go for simplicity and convenience. You can often add a twist to your office attire with a colorful tie and pocket square.
Suited Body Type: All, however smaller body shapes may consider slim fits similar to the ‘Wedding Party’ recommendation.
Comfort Is Key
There’s a multitude of choice out there and while choosing the best fit comes down to style, cut and material, there’s an overriding factor to consider – comfort.
The white button-down should make you feel confident, sexy and comfortable. This ‘All American’ look is designed to be rocked, and the only way you’re going to rock it is if you feel comfortable in it, in turn feeling confident wearing it.
Key considerations of cut, material and style are important but they aren’t as important as your comfort. Keep these tips in consideration when choosing your next white button-down but remember that comfort is key. If you’re comfortable and confident, you’ll look a million dollars.
What are your key considerations when buying a white button-down? Did you find this article helpful? Let me know in the comments!