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A Wardrobe Essential: The White Button Down Shirt

Sharing 5 Ways to Wear this Timeless Staple + Editor Favorites
August 30, 2015

You know I’ve been on an essentials kick lately; I’ve praised the perfect white t shirt, talked about buying essentials versus fast fashion, and not to mention I’m literally always dreaming about the perfect pair of jeans. 

Well how can I forget the white button down shirt?  It’s probably an even more important essential than a casual tee. Stick to cotton, linen or silk, and you’ll have this wardrobe staple for years to come.  It’s so versatile, and you can effortlessly dress it up or dress it down.  My favorite brands for this item include Equipment, J.Crew and Madewell

When choosing the perfect shirt, consider the pockets, the sleeves, the collar, the fit. If you find your perfect shirt from a designer, it’s worth an investment. But of course, a great white button down shirt doesn’t have to break the budget either… J.Crew always offers its signature crisp cotton shirt under $100. 

Check out five of my favorite ways to style my white button down shirt in the slideshow above, and find my favorite picks below!  Cheers, Kat

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PAIRED WITH BOYFRIEND JEANS

PAIRED WITH BOYFRIEND JEANS

I WEAR MY FAVORITE DISTRESSED JEANS EVEN DURING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER...I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH. BUT I'LL GLADLY WELCOME A DROP IN TEMPS TO ROCK THEM WITH A CRISP WHITE BUTTON DOWN WHILE I RUN AROUND TOWN.

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VIA HAPPILY GREY
CUFFED WITH BLACK SKINNIES

CUFFED WITH BLACK SKINNIES

I MIGHT AS WELL CALL IT NOW: THIS WILL DEFINITELY BE MY FALL UNIFORM. I PLAN ON WEARING THIS STAPLE IN COTTON BY DAY, SWITCHED OUT FOR SILK BY NIGHT. EFFORTLESS!

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VIA SINCERELY JULES
HALF-TUCKED INTO CUTOFF SHORTS

HALF-TUCKED INTO CUTOFF SHORTS

THIS IS MY EASIEST GO-TO LOOK THESE DAYS. THE BUTTON CRISP COTTON BUTTON DOWN PLAYS OFF CUTOFFS FOR A BALANCED LOOK THAT IS BOTH STYLISH AND COMFORTABLE.

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VIA GLITTER GUIDE TUMBLR
WORN IN AN ALL-WHITE COMBO

WORN IN AN ALL-WHITE COMBO

LATELY I'VE BEEN SO DRAWN TO THE MONOCHROMATIC LOOK. THIS SUMMER I'VE BEEN WEARING AN ALL WHITE COMBO, AND I KNOW I'LL WORK ON FINDING A WAY TO ROCK THE LOOK INTO FALL TOO.

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VIA TUULA VINTAGE
PAIRED WITH BLACK LEATHER PANTS

PAIRED WITH BLACK LEATHER PANTS

LASTLY, MY FAVORITE WINTER LOOK: A WHITE BUTTON DOWN WITH LEATHER PANTS. HERE'S A TIME I OPT FOR A SILK TOP INSTEAD OF COTTON SINCE IT'S A BIT FANCIER OF A LOOK.

I THINK I'LL PULL THE TRIGGER ON A REAL PAIR IN A YEAR OR TWO (I'VE FOUND GREAT DEALS HERE AND HERE), BUT UNTIL THEN, I'VE BEEN BEYOND PLEASED WITH MY FAUX PAIR THAT'S THICK ENOUGH TO FEEL LIKE THE REAL THING.

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VIA HARPER & HARLEY

Featured image, Pinterest

See Ya Summer

Bidding Summer Adieu in a Super-Comfortable Blue and White Stripe Dress
August 28, 2015

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The end of summer is near, but how could I pass up this super-comfy blue and white stripe dress on a recent run through Barney’s?!  I mean blue and white stripe in an airy linen has my name written all over it.  Let’s just say that you can expect to find me in this dress on repeat until the temps start dropping and I’m forced to trade these wonderful Nicholas Kirkwood flats for suede booties come fall.  

And these flats!  You’ve seen them before and I’m still raving about them.  They are quite possibly my favorite flats ever..they are so so so comfy. Typically I’m wary of flats because of blisters, but this pair is simply perfection and the leather truly feels like butter (not to mention, they come in so many colors!)  

I’ll be bidding summer adieu in this blue and white stripe dress, that’s for sure.  What about you? Truly, MKR

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary 

Checks & Balances

A fun, flirty checkered dress + my favorite pointy toed white flats.
August 14, 2015

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It’s no surprise that I love an easy, yet structured sun dress (case in point: here and here). As we stretch into the final days of summer, I’ll be reaching for as many easy-breezy options as I can to stay cool. This checkered navy Tory Burch dress is a great one (which just so happens to be on major sale right now!) to dress up or down in this hotter-than-hot Atlanta heat. 

The most important issue at hand, however, is taking these gorgeous white Nicholas Kirkwood flats for as many spins around town as possible before fall is upon us.  They really might just be one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I now own, and the leather truly feels like butter!  Though since they do come in other colors, I think the answer to my dilemma is only obvious… Truly, MKR

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