7 Reimagined White Button-Down Shirts

From pleats and peplums to cropped cuts, this is everyone’s favorite wardrobe staple (like you’ve never seen it before).


Zara Top With Pleated Cuffs


Zara didn’t totally change the classic, they just moved the buttons to the back, letting the crisp cotton texture and pleated cuff detailing take center stage. An added bonus? Having the closure behind means this top makes a perfectly smooth layering piece under sweaters.

To buy: $30, zara.com.

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Maison Jules Long-Sleeve Peplum Shirt


Like a secret style weapon, peplums have a universally slimming effect—the flared silhouette gives any figure the illusion of a whittled waist. This clean-cut top is an easy way to work the trend into your wardrobe without feeling overly fancy.

To buy: $80, macys.com.

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Brooks Brothers Sleeveless Ruffled Blouse


This pretty blouse’s sophisticated appeal is versatile enough to elevate casual and dressier outfits alike. Layer this sleeveless number under a slim-cut blazer for the office, or tuck it into a full skirt for evening events.

To buy: $98, brooksbrothers.com.

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Massimo Dutti Smart Poplin Large Blouse


Add a bold statement necklace and a pair of leather leggings to this tunic’s collarless, sleek lines to create an instant cool-girl outfit.

To buy: $99, massimodutti.com.

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Cos Shirt With Tie Drape


You can skip the trip to the tailor for this one—the wrapped draping on the front of this shirt creates a flattering cinched waist, and the covered placket means no gaping buttons.

To buy: $115, cosstores.com.

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DKNY Drape Front Button Thru Shirt


An unexpected asymmetric hem gives subtle edge to a “basic.” Refrain from tucking it in (you’ll lose the cool detail), and try wearing it loose over skinny jeans instead.

To buy: $118, dkny.com.

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Equipment ‘Slim Signature’ Crop Cotton Shirt


With a shortened cut, military-inspired pockets, and sharp, clean lines, this top gives “business attire” a whole new spin. Wear it with a high-waisted skirt or trousers to keep this cropped cut office appropriate.

To buy: $148, nordstrom.com.

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