What makes a button-down shirt good? I’ve broken it down before, and understanding what you need from a shirt (e.g. how you wear it) is a helpful exercise when you’re looking for insights to inform your dressing behavior — the skill of fishing as opposed to the actual fish, but in the event that “when you know, you just know,” is an adequate enough explanation for you, this shirt, from the Australian brand, LMND, is the tinned sardine of all button-downs.
It’s rendered in that kind of cotton that always looks like it’s a tad wrinkled which can subtly casualize a sequined top, like in the example of the above outfit. Can also make less overtly seductive the dramatic wearing of a neglige-as-dress without killing the at-home-in-bed-even-though-I’m-also-out vibe, as seen here:
Looks great layered into a pair of trousers, and in fact is also a good foil for wooly pants bc it gives them a whiff of lightheartnedness. Also flimsy enough in fabric to tuck in creatively — like by not buttoning either side of the buttons and instead crossing them over into the pants. Something about how flimsy and slight the collar is actually works to its benefit.
^^ See what I mean?
But the shirt doesn’t have to perform a fancy trick like in the above. The shape is a perfect, loopdi loop-hoop that falls over your top half with little effort:
But if you want to do tricks, you totally can. Like in the instance of this sweater-vest look, so perfect for the Jewish holidays:
And works as the aforementioned vest’s overlayer, too:
Another example of a no-frill look here:
In terms of shapes! I said nothing about materials or colors. But color doesn’t really matter and neither does how you tuck it:
For the main event though, I offer this sandwich:
In conclusion, this shirt is a great overlayer, underlayer and sport in between. The collar is flimsy enough not to take on too striking an identity of its own, but confident enough that it works styled into a sweater or jacket. The fabric is lightweight without feeling too summer-y, making it a great contrast to heavy winter knits or formal skirts/pants/dresses because it’s also so casual. And to this point, another key: it does great in the washing machine! Truly the easiest piece of clothing I own. And makes for a good muse of poetry, too.
Also, though, when you know, you know. And I’m telling you! I know.
Have a great of your week and I’ll see you Friday at Cafe Leandra — sincerely yours,