5 Fashion Icons Show You How To Rock A White Button-Down Shirt

The classic white button-down shirt is revered as a fashion staple, yet often avoided like the plague — and for several logical reasons.There is a real fear of staining the crisp white top with food, makeup or anything with which we come into contact. And then there are those buttons to contend with. Most women know the perils of a shirt that gaps at the chest, or buttons that won’t stay fastened. 

Nevertheless, a bright white blouse is one of the chicest and most versatile items in our wardrobes. Basically once we find the perfect one – and a great dry cleaner (or a blouse that doesn’t stain) — the outfit possibilities are endless and timeless

To prove that point, we’ve created shoppable looks inspired by a few of our favorite white button-down blouse moments via Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe and supermodels such as Chanel Iman. 

Check them out below and let us know how you plan to rock your white button-down in the comments section below. 

Marilyn Monroe

White Button Down Shirt: MM

To buy: J. Crew”Boy” shirt, $69.50; L.K. Bennett “Luchia” pencil skirt, $195; Saba “Kayla” coat, $449; Giorgio Armani Rouge lipstick in “Ecstasy,” $36; Tamara Mellon “Tribal Suede And Elaphe” mule, $695. 

Grace Kelly

White Button Down Shirt: GK

To buy: Vilshenko ruffled bib blouse, $650; Abercrombie & Fitch “Checked Skimmer” pants, $40; Lucky Brand “Arrow” cuff, $39; United Nude ballet flats, $163. 

Gwyneth Paltrow

White Button Down Shirt: GP

To buy: Equipment “Rhodes” shirt, $186; Mother of Pearl “Kidd Border” shorts, $450; Charles & Keith handbag, $69; Circus by Sam Edelman “Bond” boots, $100. 

Charlize Theron

White Button Down Shirt: CT

To buy: Theory “Tanelis” shirt, $305; Topshop blazer, $125; Topshop wide leg pants, $58; Tommy Hilfiger watch, $65; Charlotte Russe sandals, $20; Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick, $50. 


Chanel Iman

White Button Down Shirt: CI

To buy: French Connection “Maui” shirt, $61; DailyLook “Glamorous Vegan Leather Fringe” jacket, $100; Frame Denim jeans, $184; Rag & Bone floppy fedora, $125; Matisse “El Toro” bootie, $180. 

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