Borrow From The Boys: The White Button Down

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Today we’re taking styling cues from the gents who’ve long since relied on the white shirt as their wardrobes’ MVPs. A crisp button down is the fashion equivalent of a blank canvas: you can dress it down, style it up or use it as a key layering element. And in our opinion, we don’t implement it into our outfits nearly enough.

Here, we’ll show you 3 ultra femme ways to incorporate this tried-and-true boy basic, into the everyday. So go ahead, raid his closet (or better yet, snag a sleek, snow-white shirt of your own).

Layered

Elevate a printed day dress to new, extra elegant heights with a crisp peek-a-boo collar. To keep things streamlined, take care to button the layering shirt all the way up to the top and pair with a lady pump in the same color.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

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Wool Dress

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Endless Shirt

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Oversized

Successfully incorporating a voluminous top into a casual day look is all about playing with proportions: try rolling up the sleeves and partially tucking it into a skirt or skinny pants.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

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Oversized Shirt

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The Shirt Dress

Though technically not a shirt, per se, the white shirtdress is the ultimate wardrobe must-have thanks to its virtually endless styling potential. Whether you pair it with gravity-defying platforms like Leandra, or take a less glam approach with sporty kicks, you'll feel comfortable and put together no matter what the day may bring.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

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Harlow Scalloped Clutch

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Classic Oxford Shirt Dress

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