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Pants to Wear With a Casual Button-Down

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author image Hilary White
Hilary White is a professional writer and editor based in San Diego. White has been writing articles on fashion, style, fitness, nutrition, movies and entertainment since 1994. Her articles have been published in "Westways" magazine, "Pages" magazine, "Book Street USA," "Magill's Cinema Annual," and numerous titles from Visible Ink Press. White holds a bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University.
Pants to Wear With a Casual Button-Down
Style a button-down for any occasion. Photo Credit Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Whether it's crisp, white and classic, easygoing plaid or a playful pop of color, a casual button-down paired with the right pants can easily take you from the office to the ballgame or even the beach with a few simple styling tricks.

Women: Classic

Pair an untucked button-down with blue jeans for an All-American, laid-back vibe. Don denim in a style and wash that flatters your figure, whether skinny, boot-cut, cropped or bell-bottom. Try white jeans for a modern twist.

Your button-down can easily go to the office with a pair of tailored trousers or even dark-hued dressy jeans if your office dress code allows. Top with a preppy, cable-knit sweater or blazer, or simply tuck in and top with a skinny leather belt and matching oxfords.

Transition to evening by wearing a white button-down with a white pantsuit and white pumps for monochromatic chic. If you crave contrast, wear your white button-down underneath a black tuxedo jacket and matching tuxedo pants to your next special event and stand out in the sea of LBDs.

Women: Modern

Black leather leggings instantly add a modern, urban twist to any top. Keep it unfussy and untucked and make the look all your own by adding a cool pair of platform booties, high-top sneakers or your favorite ballet flats.

Make of-the-moment metallic or printed trousers date night wearable with a solid black button-down and black heels. Toss on a leather jacket for evening or add a bright neon, oversize sweater for a unique, attention-grabbing style night or day.

Women: Bohemian

Take your button-down downtown by tying the tails in front, rolling up the sleeves and pairing with fashion-forward high-waisted jeans and chunky platforms for a boho feel and the bonus of longer-looking legs. Even the most staid button-down will look unconventional paired with distressed or shredded denim pants.

Women: Sporty

Don cargo pants and throw on a sweater, sweatshirt or baseball jacket over a chambray shirt for a sporty weekend look. For a day at the beach, wear your button-down over a tank top and flowing white linen pants. You'll have protection from the sun and a cover-up when you're in the shade or facing cool ocean breezes.

Just for Men

Roll up the sleeves and wear a button-down with your favorite jeans for easy off-duty style. Add a light-colored t-shirt underneath for contrast. Paired with khakis and a casual sweater, a button-down will add a preppy twist to your weekend uniform.

If you're torn as to whether or not to tuck, according to GQ magazine, a good rule to follow is if your button-down shirt has a squared-off bottom, it’s fine to wear it untucked. If the cut is curvier – shorter on the sides and longer in front and back -- then tuck it in.

A casual button-down shouldn't be worn to a formal occasion, with evening wear or with a suit, but it could be tucked into trousers or even dark denim and paired with a blazer to the office if your dress code allows.

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