Break With Tradition, 9 Button-Downs That Aren’t Boring

August 1, 2012

Tired of traditional? Go for original!

Granted a classic, white button-down shirt is a working woman’s 9-to-5 wardrobe staple, but it can leave you looking (and feeling) humdrum at the office.

Instantly, revive your power suit, trouser pants or pencil skirt with a livelier button-down. Opt for one with a contrasting collar, front button placket or cuff, colorful piping details, subtle prints or a dynamic color. Guess what? Banker stripe shirts are a hot fall trend!

To jumpstart your search, I’ve gone ahead and put together, above, a collection of spirited button-downs, perfect for both corporate and business casual work environments. Good news! They’re each under $100.

  1. Ann Taylor Silk Cotton Button Down Camp Shirt $68 $59.99, available at Ann Taylor.
  2. Free People Boyfriend Button Down $98, available at Bloomingdales. More colors available.
  3. JCrew Stretch Perfect Shirt in Mini Gingham $75, available at JCrew.
  4. Banana Republic Print Silk Tie Blouse $79.50, available at Banana Republic. More colors available.
  5. Lands’ End Perfect Stretch Poplin Shirt $50 $29.99, available at Lands’ End.
  6. Ann Taylor Striped Perfect Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt $68 $39.99, available at Ann Taylor.
  7. Banana Republic Laura Silk Blouse $89.50, available at Banana Republic.
  8. Pippa Great Deco Roses Top $118 $103.60 $62.16, available at Bloomingdales.
  9. Lands’ End No Iron Hidden Placket Shirt $49, available at Lands’ End. More colors available.

Do you incorporate more button-down blouses or pullover styles into your workwear? What’s the average price you’ll pay for a top?

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  • Frieda

    I am not so much the white button-down shirt type of person and I am always looking for creative alternatives. Thanks for the beautiful selection!

  • Corporate Fashionista

    My pleasure, Frieda! 😉 Glad you found some options you liked.

  • Anna Runyan

    Without a doubt, every working woman must own a crisp button down. This versatile piece should go with pretty much any business pant, short or skirt. Add a little spice to your upper half would make it even better. This is a must-buy item for women who embrace practicality and great style. I’d say I do love your selections specially the 3rd and 4th. 🙂