A crisp button down –white, pinstriped or a saturated solid-is the cornerstone of a mom’s wardrobe. Why? On trend but never trendy, it simply always “works. Whether worn as Nouvelle Prep (worn with skinny trousers a thin lady like belt and ballet flats, Electrifying Executive (tucked into pencil skirt with platform pumps or Weekend Warrior (worn casually with leggings and to-the-knee boots. , the button down can be turned to for almost any situation. But, not all buttons downs are created equal. With menswear informing the season, getting the look right is important. For inspiration, there are legions of iconic women who favored the casual chic of the button down. The unifying element? They all pay strict attention to fit and proportion. A button down must be sized to perfection. Of the utmost importance are razor sharp shoulders, perfectly spaced buttons, darting that hugs the body at the ribcage and a well finished hem that allows the shirt to be worn tucked in or out. I am currently obsessed with Brooks Brothers shirts. They are designed with a small percentage of stretch which reduces stiffness and lets the fabric move with you. BONUS: Brooks Brothers’ shirts are wrinkle free. You can wash them at home and they emerge from the dryer crisp and ready for action.
YOUR GO-TO BUTTON DOWN: Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Tailored Fit Dress Shirt, $79.50 to $118.50 each
INSPIRATION: ICONIC BUTTON DOWN BABES