If a button-down doesn’t factor among the most exciting pieces in your closet, maybe you just need to revisit how you wear it. Sure, they’re inherently a bit simple, but that means there’s more room to play with how you style it. It goes with jeans, skirts, over swimsuits, under crop tops, with sweatpants! So, if you’ve thought they’re just for polished and preppy looks — and that doesn’t quite sound like you — we’ve done some outfit research to help you reconsider.
Inside, we’ve curated 24 looks from a crew of creative influencers that give this not-so-basic basic the attention it deserves, and proves there are plenty of easy ways to style a button-down that look way cooler than you’ve given it credit for. Plus, did I mention the outfits are easy? Read on for our favorite ways to reinvent the staple you’ve been overlooking.