By Rhiannon Bamford-Purchon

The button-up shirt is a closet essential in every woman’s wardrobe. Universally flattering, versatile and perfect for almost any occasion, this piece will be your holy grail! Here’s your ultimate guide to purchasing the Perfect Button-Up Blouse.


When considering your purchase think about lifestyle. Are you in a corporate job? Think crisp and clean, styled with a structured blazer or pantsuit.  If your day-to-day is in a more relaxed setting, consider something less structured that can be tucked or tied up for an effortless yet polished look. For students, stay-at-home women and the ultra-busy I would suggest a relaxed fit, in a softer Jersey material. This style is super comfortable and easy to wear. The best part? No ironing necessary!


The button-up shirt is one of those magic items that can carry across all seasons when styled correctly. They can be layered seamlessly under sweaters and jackets for winter with the collar popped, for a preppy look. Or styled loose and unbuttoned over swimwear or tank-tops in the summer for more coverage. Depending on your desired use, you can’t go wrong with a light-weight cotton material. Perfect for layering without adding bulkiness to the silhouette, or wearing by itself for comfortable breathability!


When shopping for a perfect button up, consider it an investment. Think about it as a blank canvas in your wardrobe, a basic piece that can be worn over and over. Consider purchasing from a reputable brand that you love, and that you know will last you years.


Finally, your Perfect Button Up Shirt should fit. Not just your size and shape, but also your personal style. The shirt should have no gape at the bust, and fit nicely around the shoulders. If necessary, don’t be afraid to buy a size up and get it tailored for a perfect fit and silhouette. Most importantly it should make you feel empowered, sexy and chic.