The Classic White Shirt for All Ages
Button-up timeless style
by Aonika Laurent Thomas
One staple that’s found in every stylish woman’s closet is the classic white button-down. Women for decades have captured our attention wearing the classic white shirt from Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe to Princess Diana and Her Royal Highness Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. This timeless traditional piece is a must, and here is how to wear it at every age.
In your 20s
Hit the beach in an oversized classic white button-down as a cover-up. It’s perfect for its deceptive simplicity. Cuffed sleeves, tied, or loose, it elevates your beach look. A bright bikini underneath creates a look that’s effortless and fun.
In your 30s
You’re on your way. Give the illusion that you’ve made it. The classic white button down is flawless paired with dark cropped skinny jeans, sleek heels, and a statement belt or bag. Have a meeting? Add a sleek blazer and, voilà, polished perfection.
In your 40s
Tuck your white button-down shirt into an ultra-high-waist pencil skirt. Finish with a belt and a pair of pointy-toe heels. Not into skirts? No problem. You can achieve the same elevated look with ultra-high-waist, flair-leg trousers. This look is perfect for work. Bonus: You won’t look like the boring human resource director, even if you are.
In your 50s
Your classic crisp white button-down shirt is the perfect compliment to an accordion-pleated midi skirt for a chic brunch or a sweeping maxi for an evening out.
In your 60s
You figured out by now that tailoring is everything and minimalist styling is key. This is why your crisp white button-down along with a tailored pair of black trousers, black flats, and a string of pearls are a staple.
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