The New Look: Challenge Your Basic Button-Downs!

By: Nick Linson

The first button-down shirt can be traced back to the 19th century, the style as we know it today has not changed much over the years until now.  The styling of the classic staple may have evolved over the years:from wearing the top with a circle skirt and a pea-coat to a more modern look such as boyfriend jeans, a moto jacket, and heels.

While, there is still, of course, a place in our closets for the OG oxford blouse, designers have started to experiment with fresh riffs on the classic cut: think flared sleeves, exposed shoulders, cropped hems, pleats, and more. Below, a few fresh shirting silhouettes worth checking out STAT.

 

 

Cropped Neppy Shirt
TOPSHOP CROPPED NEPPY SHIRT

 

This cropped chambray shirt is perfect for a more casual and sporty look. Would be paired perfectly with a jersey-knit skirt or dark denim boyfriend jeans.

Available at Topshop.com and retails for $52.

COS Grandad Collar Drape Shirt
COS Grandad Collar Drape Shirt

The draping detail on this button down elevates the piece for a tad bit of drama and elegance. Perfect for the office or for a chic daytime outing.

Available at COS.com and retails for $45.

Zara Studio Zip Shirt
Zara Studio Zip Shirt

Sophisticated yet relaxed, we love the eye-catching contrast of a zip pull and puff sleeves on the same silhouette.

Available at  Zara.com  for $30.

Ann Demeulemeester Wrap Shirt
Ann Demeulemeester Wrap Shirt

Give your office style an upgrade with this chic blazer/shirt hybrid.

Available at Farfetch.com for $485.

TOME Striped Stretch Cotton-Blend Poplin Top
TOME Striped Stretch Cotton-Blend Poplin Top

Full sleeves give this casual silhouette show-stopping drama.

Tome available at net-a-porter.com for $625.

Giles Open-Shoulder Draped Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Giles Open-Shoulder Draped Cotton-Poplin Shirt

Keep these origami folds moving in a elegant direction with an equally polished pair of black trousers.

Giles available at matchesfashion.com for $333.

Jonathan Simkhai Ruffled Poplin Shirt
Jonathan Simkhai Ruffled Poplin Shirt

Paired with billowing wide leg trousers or a printed pencil skirt, this chic peplum detailed top is so easy to dress up for evening.

Jonathan Simkhai available at intermixonline.com for $325.

Tibi Stripe Shirting Off-The-Shoulder Tunic
Tibi Stripe Shirting Off-The-Shoulder Tunic

These sleeves this tunic can be worn two ways: tied or left flowy for a bell effect. The bardot neckline on this top is perfect to showcase some bare clavicles for a flirty effect.

Avalable at Tibi.com for $345.

Nick Linson

21, Fashion Design Student at The Savannah College of Art and Design, Instagram: Nick Linson