Shopping With Andra. The Curious Case Of The Button Up

August 12, 2009 • Shopping


The Traditional White Shirt… Reinvented Again and Again

Andra Naylor for Second City Style Magazine

I have long toiled with making button up shirts work for me. It even
took me hours just to figure out what to call them. (Is it button up or
button down? Is a button up always a blouse? Is a blouse always a
button up?). I don't know if it's the gapping at the bust issue or the
fact that sometimes I feel downright manly in them, but it's a basic piece I've always struggled with.

Button ups come in many forms – the classic work shirt, edgy lumberjack or girly ruffles – and they can play equally in both day and night dressing.
Come fall, I'm determined to make them work for me. Whether or not you
share the same phobias as I do, hopefully you can pick up a tip about
the many faces of a button up shirt.

One of my favorite trends is the button front shirt's many takes on pleating. Banana Republic incorporates mini pleats to create a unique texture on a flutter-sleeve blouse ($60 at, while contemporary label Generra created a pleating made of pintucking and rouching that has an updated hippy chic vibe ($165. at

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3 Responses to Shopping With Andra. The Curious Case Of The Button Up

  1. Crisp white button-down shirts are my favorite! If you feel “manly” in a white shirt, pair it with an ultra sexy skirt and heels. With jeans wear a lacy cami that shows. Or add multiple strands of pearls and chains a la Coco Chanel for classic glamour.

  2. My favorite trends is the button front shirt’s many takes on pleating.

  3. Elmar Sandyck says:

    That simple corporate look on number 3 is still kind of sexy. It brings out the softness yet elegant characteristics of a woman.

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