When building your own personal style, there really are certain classics you need to have in your wardrobe aside from just mindlessly following the latest trends. As they do say, you have to master the rules before you can break them, the same goes with learning to style basic pieces. One of these wardrobe staples is a classic button-down shirt. Tailored and timeless, you will never run out of ways to style a button-down shirt as they're apt for any occassion, and wearable in practically whatever weather you find yourself in. Bottom line: it’s a piece of clothing you can wear anywhere—from work to the mall, while exploring foreign cities or heading to the local beach, the possibilities are endless!
We give you the lowdown on how to style this wardrobe staple as worn by your favorite celebrities and influencers. Cop a button-down shirt, stat!
Rhea Bue looks every bit adorable, taking inspiration from the wash of her denim jeans. Another lesson on monochrome is pairing different fabrics in similar colors, making the outfit more interesting. Here, Rhea paired her ribbed button-down in cotton with her dark jeans, as well as a denim patchwork tote. Flushed cheeks and lips, a ponytail and some cute earrings make this look streetstyle-worthy, perfect for going to the mall or checking out the weekend fair.
Alex Gonzaga isn’t just a funny girl—she’s got some serious style, too! The actress, host, and vlogger has shown a penchant for preppy, retro-inspired pieces in her travels, and this striped button-down shirt she wore in Taiwan is no exception. With colors of navy, blue, and white, this nautical-hued top is paired with a mini leather satchel, a loose bun, and animal-print clubmaster sunglasses, all modern throwbacks to past eras that pair well together.
The Gonzaga sisters really have a good sense of fashion! Not one to fall behind, Toni Gonzaga has been serving some serious looks in her travels too, showing a preference for tailored pieces and classic silhouettes that give off a sophisticated vibe. During a trip to Paris, Toni gives a masterclass on color blocking—she paired a blue pinstripe shirt and jean combo with this vibrant red coat, and finished off with classic white tennis shoes to offset the look.
Our third monochromatic outfit is thanks to Laureen Uy, looking every bit the golden goddess with her highlights, a sun-kissed tan, a tangerine ensemble, and some nude heels. The loose top and wide leg trousers give a laidback silhouette to an otherwise polished look, and the tie-dye bleach on the hem of her bottoms add an interesting detail to her outfit, as well as a bohemian vibe. It’s an outfit you can wear to cocktails with friends, or at a creative workplace with a relaxed dress code.
Older sister and former Preview editor Liz Uy channels a je nais se quoi appeal to her outfit in this off-duty celebrity look where she dons an oversized olive button-down top, relaxed white pants, an oversized Burberry leather bag, and animal-print sunglasses. It’s a look that straddles the line between effortless and fashionable, a deliberate attempt to look relaxed without being unkempt. The key to this look is in the pieces: they need to carry their own sophistication individually, but pair well with each other when put together.
Heart Evangelista can never look bad in an outfit. That said, the actress and fashion figure looked chic and elegant, wearing a classic white button-down and scarlet trousers. Heart makes this outfit look even better by adding a simple detail: the half tuck. It’s a simple styling move that will take your top from frumpy to chic.
Little Havana in Miami is already Instagram-ready with its vibrant-colored neighborhoods and retro buildings, and Camie Juan blends into the background with a printed vintage-inspired button-down and fall-colored pants. What makes the look especially double tap-worthy is the warm color pattern and neutral flats. Give ‘70s-themed tops a current update and tie the hem into a knot.
Is it really a Martine Cajucom outfit if it’s not in blush? Influencer and Sunnies creative director wore her signature millennial pink color in a relaxed, resort-inspired button-down shirt. Here, Martine mixes tropical fun and schoolgirl charm, pairing her top with a plaid green skirt and black ankle strap heels. Take a page out of Martine’s style book and wear your button-down shirt with a skirt. It’s a combo that always works!
Très chic! Kryz Uy is wearing classic, tailored pieces here: a classic white oxford shirt and tan trousers. Together, these pieces alone already make for a fashionable office-ready look, but the fashion blogger gives it a Parisian twist with a beautiful striped silk scarf and a suede beanie. Also, her decision to wear neutral hues makes her look even more sophisticated, perfect for exploring a European city!
What we love about Georgina Wilson is that she’s not afraid to play with her looks! For her neon-themed ensemble, the model and Sunnies brand director chose to go in an all-green outfit, bravely rocking two trends at once: shapewear and sleepwear! Pairing a loose emerald silk top with green cycling shorts, she topped off her look with dangling earrings and coral-hued makeup. It’s a style move that looks good!
Back to the ‘90s! Anne Curtis looks every bit a rebel in this grunge-inspired outfit, walking the streets of Sydney in a chambray shirt with a plaid blazer, black distressed jeans, and fringe boots. Anne has no problem mixing rugged fabrics and patterns and it definitely pays off. The black military hat is a nice touch, too!
Double taps for Vern Enciso’s outfit! Everything about this look is perfect: the decision to go in an all-white ensemble is a simple yet powerful style detail; Vern’s flowy top complements her white cropped cigarette pants for a poised silhouette, plus the hair and makeup done in such a polished yet understated way ties up the whole look. If you’re looking for an outfit that says #girlboss without having to put on a blazer, take notes!