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I stopped buying myself white button-down shirts a few years ago when I realized I was probably never going to age out of spilling or sweating after all. This is unfortunate, because in my opinion, there is no greater look than a woman wearing an oversized white button-down shirt. They’re stylish and scrappy all at once — think Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun.
So I was thrilled to happen upon the perfect white button-down among the rubble of a friend’s clothing swap this past winter. The fit was loose but not baggy, long but not sloppy, and the fabric is a thick, sturdy cotton I expect would stand up to many a strenuous villa painting session without getting discolored.
Because it’s on the thicker side it doesn’t wrinkle easily, and when it does, it looks hard-earned and cool. The fit is relatively slim but still made for a man’s body, so if you’re a woman, getting one size down from your normal will likely get you the ideal relaxed-looking fit.
I like mine in white, but Target also offers the shirt in a number of lovely pastels (including millennial pink), and the best part is that each is only $24.99.