rom Deepika Padukone to Diana Penty: B-Town beauties revamp the button-down shirt – The timeless button-down work shirt gets a thumbs up from our Bollywood glamazons like never before. Recently, Deepika Padukone was spotted sporting one with a pair of black shredded denims at the airport and Kangana Ranaut was seen rocking one with a pair of striped cropped pants as she ran errands. New kid on the block Khushi Kapoor was seen pairing hers with rolled-up sleeves and Esha Gupta fastened her minty-striped boyfriend shirt into a sexy knotted top. Roll up the sleeves or leave it open, knot it to reveal the mid-riff or tuck it partially into your leather pants — the piece offers infinite styling options. Given its recurring presence across the board, we get stylists and designers to share their take on revamping the closet essential…
An absolute staple
In the Indo-western fusion space, the button-down shirt’s evolution makes for a remarkable study. Designers have presented it with a pair of dhoti pants and even with shararas, which make it relevant even in the bridal/festive space. Designer Payal Singhal, who’s currently working on a collection of silk shirts paired with lehengas, shares, “The button-down shirt is an absolute staple. It’s unisex and it’s amazing to see its interpretation — from organza to denim and velvet.” Hailing it as the most versatile silhouette on the planet, Payal suggests teaming it with ’80s collared jewelled pieces. “Collared chains, brooches work beautifully. Honestly, the sky’s the limit when it comes to styling it,” she adds.
Doubles up as a dress
Borrow style cues from Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and The City, who wears an oversized shirt as a mini dress cinched at the waist with an Hermes belt. Designer Arpita Mehta is all for the shirt being worn as a mini., “It works as a short dress with a pair of sneakers. In terms of accessories, I’d suggest something on the lines of acrylic necklaces showcased at Louis Vuitton men’s show.”
Work it from day to night
With a few minor tweaks in terms of styling and accessories, this chameleon can be taken from a day brunch to a night out on tiles. Stylist Eshaa Amiin suggests, “For the day, work it minimally by clubbing it with a pair of denims or a skirt and for the evening, jazz up your look with a statement neck-piece. Alternatively, throw on a sheer lace camisole on the top in a shiny fabric like lurex and roll up the sleeves. Complete your look with a pair of pumps or stilettos.”
If the shirt is in an evening colour then highlight it with statement earrings or a stack of chunky wrist jewellery. “Throw on a fun jacket and channel your inner artist. A waistcoat layering works too for a sharper look,” she adds.