On the days we don’t feel like spending the time and energy picking out an outfit and really just want someone to tell us what to wear (please, we beg you!), nothing beats a well-made, eternally-elegant shirt to help us power through. As the basis for any wardrobe, the power of the crisp button-up is that it is forever chic and incredibly versatile. It can be dressed up with a tux or killer suit, or tuck into your favorite mom jeans and worn with sneakers. Either way, it’s the quickest way to look and feel instantly smart.
Crisp and white, oversized and striped, silk, or poplin, we’ve tracked down the brands that have perfected the classic shirt. Sure, some may be a bit of an investment, but for a top you can basically wear every day of the week, it’s more than worth it. Click ahead for six no-fail button-ups to add to your wardrobe now. There’s nothing like starting the year off fresh, eh?
Noticing a gap in the market for reasonably-priced, high-quality shirts, former Tatler editor Pip Durell and friend Lucy Kingsman launched With Nothing Underneath just a few months ago. Designed in London, inspired by men’s tailoring, and modeled by Louise Follain (anything she wears, we want), stock up on WNU’s luxurious shirts while the brand is still relatively under-the-radar. Their classic shirts are perfect for anyone who adores the style of Jane Birkin, Charlotte Rampling, and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.
With Nothing Underneath, $106.9, available at With Nothing Underneath
Fit and quality are crucial when buying a shirt, especially if it will become a core part of your work wardrobe. Thankfully, H&M has a great range of shirts, available in plain white or blue, as well as various colored stripes, each for less than $30. Just think of how good this one will look with light-wash denim!
H&M, $24.99, available at H&M
The styling options are almost endless with this tailored staple from Joseph’s pre-spring 2018 collection. Cut from crisp cotton poplin, it has a lightweight handle, providing a timeless piece. We love it worn half-tucked with a leather skirt.
Joseph, $410, available at Joseph
Virgil Abloh’s take on the classic shirt is as effortlessly cool as we might expect from the cult streetwear designer. This striped shirt is made from lightweight Oxford cotton for a loose, nonchalant fit with a point collar and long sleeves, and is printed with black typography at the yoke. Iridescent blue buttons add a delicate, feminine touch.
Off-White, $510, available at MatchesFashion.com
A master of minimalism, we can always rely on Margaret Howell for timeless, well-crafted tops. For endless options, from silk and sheer cotton to chambray and cashmere gauze, the beloved London-based brand has you covered.
Margaret Howell, $191, available at Farfetch
While Margaret Howell is one of our favorite British brands when it comes to shirting, Equipment reigns supreme in France. This white and black thin-striped signature button-up is a modern classic. Wear with pinstriped trousers and a statement bag, or tucked into a colorful midi-skirt.
Equipment, $250, available at Net-A-Porter
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