Three Ways to Make a Classic White Button-Down Seem Brand New Again

Three Ways to Make a Classic White Button-Down Seem Brand New Again
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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: There’s no other closet staple that’s as timeless or as versatile as the white button-down shirt (see how they're worn by stars through the decades for proof). They have the power to smarten up any look, whether it's a pantsuit or denim blues, and they can be paired with almost anything. Really.

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On the fall 2015 runways, button-downs added polish to sexy slip dresses, sleeveless shells, and sexy lace slip dresses (from left: Katie Ermilio, Fendi, and Rosie Assoulin). We took note with one standard button-down (Gap, $35; gap.com) and assembled three inspired outfits that have us looking at the classic top in a whole new light. The button-down might just be the most underrated layering tool out there.

Layer It Under: A Sweatshirt Tee

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Elevate the casual textile with a button-down underneath. Push the polish one step further with a pencil skirt and pumps for an office-friendly version.

Shop the look: Gap button-down, $35; gap.com. T by Alexander Wang sweatshirt tee, $140; farfetch.com. French Connection pencil skirt, $148; frenchconnection.com. Club Monaco pumps, $289; clubmonaco.com.

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Layer It Under: A Sweet Cami

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A button-down under a cami reduces the risk of excessive skin exposure and neutralizes the too-pretty shade in one go. Pair it with culottes (one of spring's hottest pant silhouettes) for a modern spin.

Shop the look: Gap button-down, $35; gap.com. Tibi cami, $245; tibi.com. Topshop culottes, $75; topshop.com. Shutz sandals, $220; shopbop.com.

Layer It Under: A Strappy Dress

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This works with any short-sleeve or sleeveless dress, as long as the fabric and silhouette don't cling. Skin-tight pieces are more susceptible to bunching.

Shop the look: Gap button-down, $35; gap.com. Theory dress, $715; theory.com. Pixie Market platform brogues, $162; pixiemarket.com.

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