Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: Button Down

The button down is an essential item for your capsule wardrobe.

This capsule wardrobe basics checklist series is focused on how to wear and where to buy the most important items you need in your closet.


In each post we discuss one item from our capsule wardrobe essentials list and provide recommendations on:

  • where to buy it

  • what to look for (especially fit, fabrication, and color)

  • to care for it

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White crisp cotton button down shirt


For both men and women seeking a daily uniform staple suitable for work or weekend activities.


There is no other capsule wardrobe essential you'll depend on more than this quintessential classic.


This is the epitome of a year-around wear-anywhere staple.

If you've been considering a daily uniform this would be one of the easiest pieces to build your look on.


The styling possibilities are endless. For instance, for women we prefer an oversized tunic with wide easy-to-roll-up sleeves (pockets are a plus).

Pair with skinny black jeans and a leather backpack or tote.

To keep your shirt bright and white wear natural mineral deodorant to avoid yellow underarm stains.

We wash in hot water with other white cottons or linens and hang dry.

We don't mind a bit of wrinkle but have a steamer handy if needed.


Explore Everlane’s white shirt options. At the price point you can stock up on a few different styles to keep your daily uniform fresh.