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Meghan Markle’s White Button-Down Is Perfect For Work & Play

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Leave it to the Duchess of Sussex to find a new way to style a tried-and-true wardrobe staple. That's right, Meghan Markle's white button-down might appear simple (and maybe even unexpected) for a formal-leaning event, but she knew exactly how to work the classic office piece into an elegant, red-carpet look. One peek at the duchess' latest award's attire, and you'll be inspired to wear your go-to button-down to your next black-tie event, too.

On Feb. 7, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got all dressed up to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards, an event that honors ill or injured military service members who've used sport in their recovery processes. For the special occasion, Prince Harry wore dark-gray suit paired over a sleek, white button-down and a navy-blue tie. Markle, looking as stunning as ever, stepped out in a subtly coordinating ensemble.

Her elegant evening look consisted of a black, floor-grazing skirt with a draping, high-slit front that was an instant show-stopper. But the true talking point was her decision to team the sleek maxi number with a tucked-in, white button-down shirt (styled with the sleeves rolled up and the collar ever-so-slightly popped for a relaxed, easy-going touch.)

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Markle's two-piece combo hails from one of her all-time favorite brands, Givenchy — a label she's turned to countless times since officially joining the royal family in May.

The duchess finished off her formal getup with a black, satin Givenchy clutch and coordinating Aquazzura pumps designed with ridged metallic strips on the front. Markle pulled her hair back into a slicked-back, low bun, and opted for a dark shadow on her lids and a soft-pink, glossy lip.

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Markle's maternity style has been nothing short of amazing — and it's been chock-full of unexpected (though nonetheless welcomed) styling surprises worth taking note of. This past week alone, she stepped out in one of her boldest dresses of 2019, an animal-print frock that offered up an incredibly unique alternative to leopard or snakeskin. That same day, she debuted a new pair of olive-green boots that might just inspire you to replace you go-to black ones.

Now, she's managed to find a fresh way to wear your go-to white button-down. While sure, the classic work piece will always look great with sleek trousers, why not step it up a notch and style it with a floor-grazing skirt for your next black-tie event? Ahead, The Zoe Report's roundup of button-down shirts that are perfect for work and play.

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Rebecca Cotton-Poplin Shirt

$470

$235

Khaite

Simple and refined, much like Markle's, this cotton-poplin button-down will pair well with everything in your closet. Style it with a sleek pencil skirt for a busy day of meetings, switching into edgy leather pants at night.

Cotton Shirt With Lacing Detail

$498

Yigal Azrouel

This simple white button-down is infused with a subtle touch of edge, thanks to the addition of the black, grosgrain ribbon detailing on the side. It's a bit pricey, but it's one piece you can wear forever.

Oversized Blouse With Pockets

$40

Zara

Meet the most perfect, oversized blouse that's also very wallet-friendly. Wear it with high-waisted trousers, plaid shorts, a maxi skirt, or distressed jeans. The styling possibilities are endless with this one.

Slim Silk Blouse

$275

Vince

Vince knows how to do minimalism right, and that's the key to finding the perfect day-to-night blouse — something simple and refined that can easily be dressed up or down. This one's rendered in silk, making it a great pick for spring and summer, too.