My fit challenge is that I am tall, slim, and like to tuck button-downs. I love Facconable, but their shirts tend to run quite short both in the sleeves and the torso. Never too many shoes Best decision I ever made considering I wear a button down at least once a week.
I am blanking on the name, but maybe someone else can remember? I have not tried these myself yet, but I have heard wonderful things about the shirts at http: I intend to buy a few before I start working at my firm this August.
I love button downs but struggle with the same busty issue. BiuBiu has a nice inexpensive button down, but it looks rather casual in person with lots of seams and darting. The seams on my biu biu top were out of control.
Almost felt like it highlighted my bust in a bad way. With princess seams, you need to be sure your bust apex matches the apex of the princess seams. If your bust line falls lower than that, you can end up with a little air pocket of fabric above your apex. Same here — will never wear one again. Not cotton, not button-down type. I had given up on button down shirts until I tried a Brooks Brothers fitted shirt. It fits me perfectly, with no gaping.
Another good low-cost option is the JCP Worthington line. I just found Thomas Pink fantastic for larger bust sizes! The ones with the stretch material in them. I found a nordic brand Ella Hopfeldt. I wear suits regularly and I like the classic look with or without a suit.
I finally caved and bought two custom shirts from Ascot Chang. Best decision I ever made considering I wear a button down at least once a week. I am on the hunt for a cross-body bag good for my daily commute. I use mine as a cross-body bag and it works fine. You could also clip a fatter strap onto it if you wanted. I especially love the Boden bag, in the same color.
It looks beautiful and has a ton of good reviews. I signed up for the Boden e-mails, and am hoping they send me a thank-you discount. I think every company should do that! Use the code DUAF. I like the look of button downs but not on me. Something is always off about them. Last I checked, the Ann Taylor button down had enough room in the chest.
Truth — my issue with button downs besides the gaping is keeping them tucked in to the level that they still look sharp. Also, being a woman with a pretty intense hourglass shape my waist is inexplicably small while my hips are large and in charge , button-downs never do anything for my figure.
Yay for being in technology and never needing to suit up! Have you tried sizing up from your usual size? I typically wear a larger size in cotton button down shirts than I do in tshirts and silk blouses. As for the staying tucked issue, I usually tuck mine into my underwear and they tend to stay put. You could also try a body suit. And unless I get a tall size, the body and sleeves are rarely long enough. I find that whenever I curl my hair it gets really frizzy.
Ideally drug store brands. One of those days where I just want to give away all my clothes and buy 5 shirts, 5 pants, 5 skirts, and two sets of weekend clothes!
Am I the only one who thinks this? Oh yes, all the time. My closet is a constant work in progress, mostly because it needs to be refined and whittled down.
Have you been successful with the pare down? I envy the women who can do this. Thr funny thing is I wear the same outfits all the time. I read somewhere that women wear about 30 to 40 percent of their wardrobe. Over the past couple of seasons I have been doing my version of Project , which is really helping me focus on what I actually need and use.
I still have problems getting rid of things, though, because I generally only buy things that are good quality and that I really like. I only have one body, and I can only wear one outfit at a time — so my closet should really reflect that reality.
I just googled Project and it is very fascinating. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I think I left about 10 skirts, and decided skirts in colors other than black or grey is definitely a hole in my wardrobe. Plus about 6 suits I wear them only occasionally and about 20 dresses, not including the special occasion dresses I have stashed in my 2nd bedroom along with my coats.
This was hard enough, I could never do what you are proposing! Wow, that pruning is quite impressive, Susie! I think your method is more realistic too—and probably means fewer laundry loads per month whereas I would have to wash my 5 shirts every weekend. I got home and attempted to prune starting with skirts but then I went into analysis paralysis picking out the skirts that could be worn year round.
Sorry for the repost. I just received an invitation to join the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society because of my performance in business school. Would this have any meaning to future hiring managers or any other possible benefit? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I do hire business grads. Does it cost something? I love the no-iron shirts, but my problem with so many button-down shirts is that the material I tend to find them in, it makes me sweat like crazy! Do they show on white shirts as much as other colors? Why do I have to dress up?! I have been buying no-iron button downs from Coldwater Creek. I used to buy the Brooks Brothers non-iron regular and fitted cut then the J.
Crew perfect fit not so much , but under suits they all just look frumpy on me and they are uncomfortable. I spent part of my weekend scouring the mall for a crisp, white button-down. At least, not most of them. Brooks Brothers original polo collar oxfords are pretty dressy. But still needs to go on the list due to its versatility. Otherwise, the thicker OCBDs are best used in more smart casual environments.
Noticing a pattern here? White and light blue are the foundation of your shirt lineup. You could easily get away with wearing white and light blue shirts for your entire life. What do you get when you combine a white shirt and a blue shirt? You get a white and blue striped shirt. Green, pink, gray, it can all work. These look great tieless with a solid suit or sportcoat, or, under a sweater with jeans or chinos.
Starting to break free from solids, but still sticking with a white and blue foundation. A windowpane is just different enough from the stripes that most guys default to. When it comes to the size of the squares, ideal is between a pencil eraser and a quarter. If your wardrobe leans more casual, button down collars on these shirts would absolutely work and be more versatile for day-to-day life.
Color is up to you.
The Best Women’s Dress Shirts 03/07/ by Kat 38 Comments Update: We still stand by these as the best women’s dress shirts — links have been updated below. Another popular subset to the crisp-white-shirt group: the shirts fitted for bustier women, all in the interest of preventing gaping shirts. Pictured is The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens; check out our roundup on busty blouses if you’re on the hunt. Brooks Brothers’ women’s shirts are sophisticated essentials for professional, dressy and casual occasions. Crafted from high-quality materials like cotton, silk and wool, our blouses and tunic tops for women are comfortable and stylish. Choose from non-iron shirts in cuffed and non-cuffed styles.