Here’s Why A Classic Button-Down Is Spring’s Unsung Hero Piece

It has endless styling potential.

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A basic button-down is a foundational must-have piece in every capsule wardrobe — and the beloved staple has a surprising amount of styling potential. Tap ahead for 15 outfit ideas that elevate a classic button-down into new, inspired fashion territory.

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For those with a proclivity for sartorial drama, the high-volume trend is a maximalist-approved method of elevating a basic button-down. A ball gown-like skirt will be the key styling element here. Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images
Baggy silhouettes are a defining aspect of 2022’s fashion, influencing traditionally tailored items to become roomy and loose. Get the look with a button-down by only buttoning a few bottom enclosures, which will create an off-the-shoulder and oversized effect.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
Miu Miu’s viral micro mini strikes again! Take inspo from the now-iconic, Abercrombie-esque look and pair a menswear-inspired button-down with a flirty, miniskirt and black belt.Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images
Track pants, as you likely already know, are trending in spring 2022, so why not infuse their sporty magic into a button-down outfit? Neutral tennis sneakers are the perfect footwear to complete the laid-back look.Christian Vierig/Getty Images
When in doubt, rely on the high-fashion impact of an all-black outfit. Get the sleek look by pairing an ink-colored button-down with nondescript separates in the identical dark hue.Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images
How about a pair of party pants? Statement trousers in a fun print will bring renewed life to a neutral button-down, creating an energy-lifting and optimistic ensemble.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
When “real pants” are off the table, try teaming a roomy button-down with a pair of ultra-comfy knit Bermuda shorts. Strappy heels and subtle jewelry will tie the look together.Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images
Strategic layering makes any outfit feel thoughtful and inspired — even if it’s as simple as slipping a knit bandeau top over a white button-down. Elevate the combo further by slipping into a flirty miniskirt and heels.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
Test out the daytime disco trend when styling a button-down. To do this, opt for a neutral top and shimmering, showy accessories — like a crystal mesh handbag and glittery open-toed sandals.Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
If you gravitate towards grunge-y style, consider introducing luxe leather touches into your button-down outfit. A leather vest, for one, is an effortless and edgy choice.Christian Vierig/Getty Images
In the market for a new everyday spring uniform? Look no further than the effortless combo of a short-sleeve button-down paired with baggy, distressed jeans and luxe flip-flops.Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images
Spruce up a white oxford by pairing it with a midi skirt that boasts a sultry leg-revealing slit. Then, finish off the look with a few effortlessly elegant accessories — like round sunnies, a black tote, and heeled booties.Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images
Rewrite the rules of suiting by styling various-colored, tailored separates together — namely a white button-down, black blazer, and gray trousers. Heeled mules, angular sunglasses, and a classic handbag will polish off the look.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
Sharp tailoring, without fail, delivers a put-together effect. Consider pairing a minimal button-down with crisp, front-pleat trousers in a neutral hue.Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images
Style a white oxford shirt with a bomber jacket and straight, split-hem jeans for a laid-back ensemble with a subtle sporty essence. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

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