I don’t know who started the idea that a white button down shirt is a closet essential, but I’m here to tell you that under no circumstances is is necessary in a wardrobe.
When I started to get more into clothes, I watched “closet essential” videos on YouTube to learn what basic are important and must haves in a wardrobe, especially if you want to build your closet from the ground up. So many channels swore by the white button down as a key piece in any outfit aiming for a sense of professionalism or sophistication. And they aren’t wrong: a white button down can be used to add a flair of class.
That DOESN’T mean it’s necessary. In fact, for some people (like myself) its best to avoid them all together. I am a more busty and curvaceous person, which I have embraced. What I didn’t know a few years ago is that when you are curvier, some pieces of clothing in outlet stores will not be your friend. This includes the button front shirt. In a world when going up in size can be a source of shame or embarrassment (which is thankfully changing), button front shirts can be a menace. Unless cut to accommodate a bust, button front shirts will often pucker and distort around the center buttons instead of the fabric itself stretching. This means if you are bustier and a shirt fits you in the waist, it’s likely that the shirt will be stretching around the girls. To get a shirt to fit your chest, you may have to go up multiple sizes. If you struggle with body image, seeing those size numbers go up might be more demoralizing than that shirt is worth.
By no means am I saying if you are busty you can’t wear a button down shirt. You can! However, it is extremely important to remember that the number on the tag is arbitrary, and buying a larger size to accommodate your breasts and then going to a tailor to make the garment fit properly all around is probably your best bet.
Any white blouse can serve as a great alternative! My favorite white blouse is one that you saw in my most recent OOTD post. (Check it out!) Being sleeveless, blousy, and featuring a bow accent, I don’t have to worry about feeling restricted or looking unprofessional. The blousing (often not in a white button down) hides any excess tummy I might have that day or feel self-conscious about (We all have those days.). The v-neck helps to elongate the body with a sense of verticality, and the bow adds a classy, feminine detail! I feel oodles more confident in this top than I ever had in a button front shirt.
Thanks for swinging by and giving a read!