The codes of fashion have always allowed reinterpretation, which is why the humble button-down has gone up in our estimation.
Given the times in which we live, the most popular iterations are rendered in soft fabrics and augmented silhouettes to allow for a modicum of ease.
Consider it feelgood fashion when things are not-so-easy writes Annmarie O'Connor.
- Bye-Bye Blazer: Swap out that workwear blazer for an overshirt or‘shacket’ for cosy, home office style.
- Make it look easy: Belt an oversized shirt over bottoms of your choice or half-tuck the front panel for laidback luxe.
- Bonus points: Button the sleeve cuff; pull the sleeve as far as comfortable up the arm and balloon the fabric.
- Show off: Layer sheer fabrics like organza with a thin roll neck for visual interest.
- Double Duty: Mini shirt dresses make mighty layering pieces. Wear yours over leather culottes or cashmere joggers.
- Fun fact: In 1783 French queen Marie Antoinette wore her bed shirt a dress with a silk sash, pre-dating the underwear as outerwear trend.
Relax the work dress code with these ‘stay at home’ shirts.