How to Wear One White Button-Down All Week

I don’t always buy into the “ten things every woman needs in her closet” content trope, mostly because how the hell do you know what every woman’s life looks like, or what her style says about who she is? Another reason I don’t buy into it is because the suggestions (though I understand the thinking: build a closet with solid basics, then get weird) is that they tend to be kind of boring.

BUT. There is one thing I do believe every human needs, and that is a good white button-down shirt. It’s more versatile than the loyal tee, adaptable to a trillion different styles, chameleonic and an eternal solution to can’t-get-dressed days.

Below, Heist’s Nilou Ghodsi takes the 5 days, 5 ways challenge with a white button-down by A Shirt Thing. If it means one less thing to think about, I’m in.

Day 1:

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Rachel Comey pants, vintage fur jacket, Dita sunglasses, Giada Forte belt, Aquazzura shoes

This white button-down by new label A Shirt Thing (I mean, the name alone!) is literally “the perfect shirt.” It’s oversize on top, has drop shoulders and tapers in at the bottom so it’s got this effortless-chic “I’m not trying” vibe to it.

Here, I tucked the shirt into a pair of high-waist twill pants and paired both with espadrilles and colorful fur. High/low.

Day 2:

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Jil Sander suit, Pippa Small necklace, Bottega Veneta belt, Golden Goose shoes

This is the only way you’ll catch me in a pantsuit. Ever. I wore it for you, MR.

I worked in finance and investments before opening my store, so I had to wear suits; that was office apropos back in the day. Can you imagine if I showed up to the office with the bejeweled sneakers? I’m sure I’d get a few raised eyebrows and/or blood pressures in that place. But not here. Not in Venice. Not in 2017.

Day 3:

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La Prestic Ouiston pants, Pippa Small earrings, Jerome Dreyfuss bag, Prada shoes

I love me a print pant. I have tons of them and I’m still collecting! (Even better when they’re a crop flare, which I find flattering.) The pant deserves all the attention, so the rest of the look is simple with a little pop of red on my feet. I kept the shirt’s neckline wide open and thrown back a bit to expose what is, in my opinion, the most beautiful part of a woman’s body: the collarbone.

Day 4:

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Giada Forte blazer, Brunello Cucinelli tie, NSF jeans, Manolo Blahnik shoes

I love mixing high/low, masculine/feminine, polished/messy…you get the gist! Hence, this satin smoking jacket and sexy heels paired with distressed jeans.

Day 5:

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Rachel Comey skirt – similar here, Isabel Marant bag, The Row shoes

This is my “strolling the streets of Florence or Paris” attire. I paired this look with loafers as opposed to ballet flats or sandals so it’s a bit more unexpected. Also, the skirt has pockets. Everything should have pockets. I need pockets on my underwear!

There you have it. The moral of this story is that I could wear a white shirt every single day without ever tiring of it.

Show us how you wear yours in the comments below!

Shop Heist and follow on Instagram @shopheist. Photos by Lily Ghodsi; follow her on Instagram @lilghy.

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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