Do us a favor. Take a quick look through your closet/dressers and tell us how long it takes for you to spot a button down shirt. It was less than five minutes right? Well that should come as no surprise seeing as though button down shirts are a closet staple. Versatile and suitable for all seasons, button down shirts can be worn both casually and semi-formally (maybe even formally in some cases) for many different events such as day-to-day errands and the office. If you are here, it’s likely that you are looking for some button down shirts to add to your shopping lists. Today we’ll be taking a look at the best button-down shirts for men, but before we do, let’s quickly talk about what you should look for before purchasing.
The 26 Best Button-Down Shirts for Men That Will Have You Fresh for Summer 2023
How We Made Our Choices
Simple. We went with shirts we felt were the best in terms of comfortable fit and sizing options, and the quality of not just the shirt but the buttons were also a major factor. Having buttons fall off of your clothing is always a major annoyance, so shirts with sturdy buttons was something that was important to us for this roundup. We also took into consideration the fabric of the shirts and the ease of washing. While there are certainly items in your closet that are worth a trip to the cleaners, button down shirts are meant to be worn a little more frequently than let’s just say a suit, so we tried to keep our selections to ones that were easy washes.
This is also where the sturdy buttons come back into play because if the buttons on your shirt aren’t secure enough, they can and almost certainly will fall off when washing. And lastly, the price. The question of what you are willing to spend is one that needs to be addressed with every clothing purchase. Only you can determine this. That said, we tried to include a decent variety from a price standpoint.
Sidenote: We’ll also be including shirts that are “technically” classified as button-down along with button front shirts as well to give you plenty of options.
Check out our selections below.
Best Casual Shirt - J. Crew Classic Chambray Shirt
Best Athletic Shirt - Banana Republic Athletic-Fit Dress Shirt
Best Technical Shirt - Bonobos Tech Button Down Shirt
Best Flannel - Everlane Brushed Flannel Shirt
Best Oxford - L.L. Bean Classic Oxford Shirt
Best Short Sleeve Shirt - Dickie’s Short Sleeve Work Shirt
Best Traveler Shirt - JoS. A. Bank Traditional Fit Button Down
Best Deal - Vineyard Vines Gingham Shirt
Most Variety - Levi’s Button Down Classic
Best Summer Selection - Banana Republic Castelletto Linen Shirt
Most Colorful - ATLANL Men’s 70 Leisure Vintage Shirt
Best Polo Option - Brooks Brothers Polo Button Down
Best Oxford -Nautica Men’s Classic Fit
Best Featherweight Shirt - Ralph Lauren Men’s Featherweight Mesh
Best Variety - Uniqlo Men’s Long Sleeve Shirt
Most Affordable Price - GAP Factory Poplin Shirt
Most Versatile - Abercrombie & Fitch Men’s Textural Button-Through Sweater
Best for Everyday Wear - Old Navy Regular-Fit Everyday Shirt
Best White Shirt - H&M Slim Fit White Shirt
Best Fabric - Luca Faloni Capri Blue Portofino Linen Shirt
Best Natural Style - Claudio Milano Button Down Shirt
Top Luxury Option - Thom Browne White Oxford
Best Shirt for Mobility - Lululemon Commission Long Sleeve Shirt
Best for Golfing - Rhoback The Birdie
Best Linen Shirt - Alex Crane Playa Shirt
Most Tried and True - Fred Perry Oxford Shirt
Best Casual Shirt
J. Crew’s Classic Chambray Shirt is a timeless style with a fit and color that can be paired with a wide range of items in your classic. Not only is the Chambray a great shirt for the upcoming spring season due to the lightweight cotton material and color, it’s also a good transition piece that will take you into the fall.
Best Athletic Shirt
Banana Republic always comes through with their men’s selection, one of which includes their Athletic-Fit Dress Shirt which is perfect for the office, or going to formal/semi-formal events such as weddings, companies parties, and dinner dates.
Best Technical Shirt
Bonobos is giving you the chance to get a really good button down shirt for an even better price as their Men’s Tech Button Down Shirt is currently being offered at 50% off. The athletic fit of the shirt gives you added room at the chest, shoulders, and biceps along with a taper through the torso to accentuate the natural v-shape that comes when hitting the gym. You can also opt for the slim fit, which is fitted in the chest and shoulders with a slight taper at the waist.
L.L. Bean has some good selection of oxford/button-down shirts including their Classic Oxford which is tried and true to their classic tailoring and meticulous construction details, and crafted to have a relaxed fit. Additionally, the shirt is wrinkle-free, meaning that you will never have to iron it which is always an added bonus because we all know ironing takes work.
Best Short Sleeve Shirt
Not sure why, but for some reason we’re naturally conditioned to associate button-down shirts with being long sleeved. While it probably is the most common selection, button-down/button up shirts can very well be short sleeved too. One of our favorites is Dickie’s Short Sleeve Work Shirt which comes with more than plenty colors and sizes to choose from.
Best Traveler Shirt
Looking for a shirt that can take you directly from the airport into your company meeting? Look no further than JoS. A. Bank’s Traditional Fit Traveler Button Down Shirt which is wrinkle-free and will have you looking your best all day long.
Levi’s is another place to cop some solid button-down shirts for more than reasonable prices, and the cool thing is that just about everyone has a Levi’s at their local mall, which could allow you the ability to see and test their shirts in-person before buying.
Best Summer Selection
Another Banana Republic selection to help get you prepped for the summer. Their Castelletto Linen Shirt comes in four different colors (Dark Olive Green, Navy, Tan, and White), and is 100% linen, meaning that you will stay cool even amongst heat and humidity.
Best Polo Option
The button-down polo was quite literally invented by Brooks Brothers in 1900 (which was then known as the Oxford Cloth Button Down), so it’s safe to say nobody does it better. An enhanced modern version of the original, the Brooks Brothers Polo will have you looking sharp this season.
Uniqlo is a brand that is always going to give you variety. Their non-iron Long Sleeve Shirt comes in three different colors (White, Black, and Light Blue), and is a smooth pin-point oxford designed to give you a sophisticated look.
Give us a button-down short sleeve shirt but make it a sweater please. Thanks.
Best Linen Shirt
The Playa Shirt is one that will have you feeling like a playa this summer for sure. With ten-plus colors and a range of sizes, you will almost certainly be able to find something that is just right for you.
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