By Caroline Vazzana
Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:30 am
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When it comes to wardrobe essentials, a white button-down tops our shopping list. The must-have can be worn for every occasion, from a day in the office to date night. Below, we took one oxford (L.L. Bean, $50;, and styled it three different ways.

In the Office


A simple blouse is transformed with the help of a waist-accentuating vest. Pair it with wide-leg pants for a look that is not only polished, but warm and comfortable on cold winter days. Tie your look together with bright accessories, like a red pump and color-blocked bag, to balance out your graphic, black-and-white ensemble.

H&M vest, $50; Misha Nonoo pant, $365; Lucky Star cuff, $75; Christian Louboutin pump, $675; Clare V tote bag, $525;

On Date Night


For a first—or fifth—date, nothing says fun and flirty like a slip dress. To marry masculine with feminine, layer a white shirt over your look, and tie it at your waist. Add in playful accessories, like a strappy sandal and sparkly clutch, for an outfit that's sure to turn heads.

Equipment dress, $400; Steve Madden sandal, $130; Rebecca Minkoff clutch, $95; Olive and Piper ring, $28;

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On the Weekend


Whether you are going to Sunday brunch or running errands, there is nothing more important (or necessary) than comfort on the weekend. Pair your white button down with a cozy sweatshirt and jeans for a casual vibe. A bright blue bag is enough of a focal point to draw attention from onlookers.

Ashish sweatshirt, $1,395; 7 for All Mankind jeans, $198; Brooks sneakers, $109; Furla bag, $398; Tara Hirshberg earrings, $840;