Style Spy: The Ultimate Wardrobe Staple & More

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Trends come and go, but the classic white button-down shirt remains a wardrobe staple. It lends itself to pairings with jeans, slacks or skirts. It can be layered under cardigans and sweaters, or simply worn alone. And its crisp whiteness helps make statement jewelry and other accessories pop. A white shirt is a blank canvas with endless possibilities. Here are a few of our favorite ways to rock the classic look.


All-white button-down palette 

There’s something refreshing about monotone ensembles. Go for a clean look by pairing a white shirt with a white midi skirt. The Perfect Popover (Talbots, $74.50), with its high-low hem, offers an effortless silhouette, making it the perfect complement to not only skirts, but just about any outfit. 

Talbots, Greenville Center, 3801 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 778-1676

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Sleeveless white button-down shirt dress 

For a simple spin on the classic look, consider donning a sleeveless white button-down shirt dress (South Moon Under, $89). In the summer, accessorize with a Panama hat and wedge sandals. When autumn rolls around, transform it again by throwing on a cardigan, tights and ankle booties. 

South Moon Under, 120 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3806; Christiana Mall, 894-1012

Three-quarter sleeve button-down paired with slim trousers 

When seasonal temps fluctuate, stay comfortable with a three-quarter sleeve button-down white shirt (J. Crew, $64). Pair with slim trousers (or a pencil skirt) for an effortlessly chic work look.

J. Crew, Christiana Mall, Newark, 292-2739

The boyfriend white button-down shirt and leggings 

Some days you just want to untuck your shirt and let your hair down. On those days, still look put together with a Caslon Boyfriend Shirt (Nordstrom, $58). The longer, relaxed cut provides ample coverage over a pair of monotone or print leggings. 

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Nordstrom, Christiana Mall, Newark, 292-2739

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When you invest a pretty penny in a fabulous handbag, you want to protect it from the elements. Up until now you’ve probably awkwardly cradled your purse under an umbrella, crammed it under a coat or even resorted to using a shopping bag. Fortunately, there’s a stylish solution: the Handbag Raincoat ($25-$28). The chic raingear for your purse is designed to fit handbags of any size. Choose from clear, black or opaque black, or from prints such as raindrops or stars.

Available at Christina’s Unique Accessories & More, 4001 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-7202

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