To quote the late, great James Brown, “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl.” We’ll take the latter of that statement, but we received Mr. Brown’s point loud and clear. This may have been a common phrase during the 1960s, but a contemporary society begs to differ as the masculine vs. feminine outlook take on a synonymous approach where fashion is no stranger to this effect.
Today, women are straying away from the “pretty in pink” mentality and opting for an androgynous modus operandi with the inclusion of oversized, barreled, and boxy silhouettes to emphasize personal style and form.
Iconic pieces from the blazer jacket to the loafer has acquired a new-age spin that adheres to the female demographic, and the button-down shirt a classic staple in every man’s wardrobe is no exception to the rule. Brands such as Altuzarra, Jacquemus, Monse, and Opening ceremony have taken notice of the burst in popularity to a timeless silhouette that keeps on giving dating back to the 19th century. Brooks Brothers introduced the button-down shirt in 1896, known as the Original Polo Shirt popularized by polo players largely in England and until the 1950s in America.
The 21st century beckons the female takeover as the button-down shirt goes from the 9-to-5 boardroom to a more everyday parred back approach. It’s become a staple base or statement piece in a women’s wardrobe, from the off-the-shoulder top to a one-shoulder blouse, strapless or simply take cues from the Jacquemus girl of ‘La Bomba’ and turn your button-down into a shirt-dress or skirt option for an alternative route.
For a more feminine touch, we love a bright, floral midi skirt with a pair of t-strap heels to keep things classic.