Classic White Button Down Shirts for Women Over 50

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There is nothing more versatile than a crisp, classic white button down shirt for women. They can be worn with suits, jeans, and tucked into skirts. These tops can easily be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. I make sure I always have one in my closet because this timeless clothing piece never goes out of style. White goes everything, and almost everyone can wear this color!

I have been needing a new white button down, so I placed a big order of some popular styles from some of our favorite retailers. Today, I am sharing my try-on with you and what I like and dislike about each shirt. Let me know in the comments which button-down is your favorite.

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While a classic white button-down certainly has a place and time, I also love a shirt that incorporates a little personality. This Ruffle Pintuck Shirt from Banana Republic does just that. I love the ruffle collar, buttoned cuff, and the pleated placket on the chest. It brings a feminine touch that sometimes button-downs are lacking.

I styled it untucked for this try-on, but it would also be cute tucked into a pair of high-waisted trousers or a high-waisted skirt. Until the weather warms up, you could add a blazer or moto jacket and the texture of the ruffle collar and ruffle on the end of the sleeve peeking out would be such a fun touch.

This top is currently on sale at 40% off, with an extra 14% off at checkout. I’m wearing a large, and it fits true to size. It feels very well-made, and it has a nice weight to it. I think I need to keep this one, but what do you think?

Next up is this button-down Boyfriend shirt from Talbots. This is a tunic length top, and I’ve been seeing tunics everywhere lately. This shirt length is great for covering up the rear, which allows you to pair it with a legging. I might try dressing it up with my favorite faux leather leggings.

Be aware that the reviews say it needs to be ironed after washing. I love my handy garment steamer for getting rid of wrinkles fast, so that isn’t a worry for me. I sized down from my regular size and got a medium when ordering because the fit is oversized.

I am a big fan of the Spanx brand’s products. They make my favorite every day bra, my favorite strapless bra, the best faux leather leggings, and now maybe my favorite white button-down! It’s a good length to wear tucked or untucked, and the material is very stretchy making it very comfortable.

There’s nothing worse than a shirt that gapes open at the chest, and this shirt may be the solution to the problem! It is designed with no-gape construction, meaning the placket is sewn down. This means you do have to put the shirt on over your head rather than buttoning it up like a typical button-down.

In case you’re wondering, I’m pointing to where the buttons stop.

If you don’t love to iron, this white button-down from Chico’s is perfect for you! It’s made with wrinkle-free fabric, which keeps you looking effortlessly put together. If you travel a lot, this would be a great option to pack in your suitcase without worrying about wrinkles. This top isn’t a true button down, but a popover style instead, which means you put it on over your head.

The v-neck opening on this popover style top gives you the perfect blank canvas to showcase a beautiful necklace, especially a colorful one! This 3/4 sleeve length is great for keeping you cool during the spring and summer seasons. I ordered it in a size 1, which is an 8-M. I think it runs true to size.

The next shirt I decided to try was the Loft Oversized Everyday Shirt. This top is currently 30% off, with an extra 14% off with the code LOVEU. This shirt is a far cry from a tailored, stiff button down. It’s lightweight and comfortable. The oversized look makes it feel a little more casual and puts a modern twist on an old classic.

I can easily see myself making this versatile top a staple in my wardrobe. It would look great with jeans and sandals to run errands, tied with a skirt or over a dress, or under a cardigan. I ordered a medium, and it’s roomy, so if you are in between sizes, I would size down.

The last white button-down I tried on was this tailor-fit easy care shirt from Banana Republic. This top is currently also 30% off, with an extra 14% off at checkout. I ordered a size 10 in this, and if you can’t tell from the gaping in my chest in the photo, I should have sized up. Isn’t it funny how women’s sizing is all over the place from brand to brand? Needless to say, this one isn’t a keeper for me but had it have been the correct size, I think this could have been a classic and chic addition to my closet. It is well-made and constructed with sturdy material, so I think it will be a piece that will last you for many seasons.

Which of these white button-downs is your favorite?

Do you have a favorite white button-down? If so, where is it from? Let me know in the comments!

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