The casual button-down shirt is a staple in most men’s wardrobes. It works with everything from jeans to dress pants — and it seems like you can’t own too many. This season, it’s all about plaid and patterns. While there are similar shirts available in every price range, some truly stand out. Here are eight button-downs you absolutely need in your wardrobe.
1. Sid Mashburn Button-Down Sport Shirt
Atlanta-based designer Sid Mashburn designs some of the most interesting and stylish menswear available. This season, he put his own spin on the plaid shirt with this multicolored, madras-style sport shirt. The large green check really stands out and shows that you can easily wear bright colors during any season.
2. Bonobos Brushed Button-Down
Bonobos’ Brushed Button-Down shirt in navy peabody diamond is fun yet refined. With a sharp navy-blue diamond pattern against a white background, this 100% cotton shirt was specifically designed to be a little warmer than most of the brand’s shirts. Wear it underneath a navy blue cashmere or wool sweater, or even with a blazer and jeans.
3. All Saints Merrimack Denim Shirt
So technically All Saints’ Merrimack Denim shirt isn’t a button-down because it has snaps, but it had to make this list for its cool casualness. Denim shirts are classic, and the grey color of the fabric makes it look contemporary. Pair this shirt with fitted black jeans and canvas sneakers or even boots.
4. Billy Reid Holt Shirt
Alabama designer Billy Reid created the Holt Shirt in olive and black as an update to the standard black button-down. It is incredibly modern, and interesting design elements include the fresh white buttons and stitching. Even the pocket of this shirt is unique, with its triangle bottom. Bonus: It’s machine washable.
5. Burberry Brit Slim-Fit Checked Cotton-Flannel Shirt
You can’t go wrong with classic Burberry plaid. This navy and red flannel shirt is comfortable and more importantly, warm. You can wear it alone with dark denim jeans or under a white or red cable-knit sweater.
6. Untuck It Carneros Shirt
Untuck It is an innovative, newer brand. All of their shirts are designed to be worn untucked. For years, men have been wearing shirts — designed to be tucked in — untucked and as a result, they haven’t quite had the right fit. So, Untuck It found a simple way to solve a rather ridiculous problem. How did someone not think of this before? While the brand has so many great button-down shirts, their blue gingham Carneros shirt is particularly noteworthy. This beautiful print works with any solid pant and looks great underneath sweaters. Made of soft 100% cotton, it is available in both regular and slim fit.
7. Sandro Heartbreaker Shirt
Sandro’s Heartbreaker Shirt will break your heart if you step away from this great find. Made of 100% viscose, its features the French label’s original print with black hearts, triangles, and other shapes on a white background. Black buttons and the round hem at the bottom complete the look. Wear this under a black blazer with jeans or black trousers.
8. Club Monaco Slim-Fit Nep Oxford
Club Monaco’s Slim-Fit Nep Oxford shirt is textured and casual, with colored flecks on a solid background. It is available in black with olive flecks and blanc de blanc (a shade of white) with black flecks. While you may be used to a spread collar, the Mandarin collar might be an interesting change of pace. Especially for the cost, Club Monaco makes you feel as if you are wearing a couture shirt.