Button-up tops are undeniably a staple in stylish closets, and it’s not hard to see why. Here are a few reasons these blouses have earned their spot in fashion history:
They’re classic. Whether Audrey Hepburn or Katharine Hepburn, all the A-listers have worn button-up blouses on the regular. When celebrities, who have unlimited access to myriad designers and styles, favor a single type of garment over and over, you know they can’t be wrong.
They’re elongating. Thanks to the vertical row of buttons, a button-up makes you look longer and leaner. It’s an optical illusion in which we’re happy to indulge.
They’re flattering. Today’s button-ups are cut to fit women’s bodies. When buying one, make sure you can button it and more your arms without any unsightly pulling or gapping at the buttons. If you’re especially curvy, it’s a good idea to buy a blouse that fits properly in the bustline, then hire a tailor to take it in at the waist for a completely custom fit that makes you look your best.
They’re versatile. Wear one with slacks or a skirt for a dressed-up, professional look. Wear one with jeans, rolled sleeves, and sneakers for a classic American-girl vibe. Or wear one under any sweater for a bit of preppiness. A button-up elevates most any look, so take advantage of that by layering it as often as possible.