The Manual’s Top Five Button Downs

 

You cannot beat a good button down. Undoubtedly, this classical garment forms the basis of the modern man’s wardrobe, for both work and play. Here’s five versions we are really excited about right now…

Poplin Cotton Shirt by Sunspel $175

You can always rely on Sunspel for a beautifully crafted, expertly cut shirt. This super smart pale blue number is from the brand’s new shirt collection – a revision in the common mistakes made by shirting brands. The ultra-narrow fit is paired with two-fold cotton fabric and collar measurements that the brand have deemed just right for flattering and framing the face.

DOB02 Classic Fit Shirt by Sidian, Ersatz & Vanes $240

If you haven’t heard of this brand we recommend you get acquainted real quick. This colour block button down is from their Holiday 2013 collection and the directional, pared-back style is typical of every design SEV produce. Crafted from 100% cotton, the DOB02 is super sumptuous and can be dressed up or down depending on your choice of pant.

Shaggy Solid Grey Shirt by Gitman Vintage $180

Versatile and timeless, this Gitman Vintage shirt will work its ass off for you. Created from soft cotton and a touch of heft, this is a great option for the cold winter months. We love the signature green stitching on the final horizontal buttonhole. Can’t beat a little attention to detail right?

Emil Albers Check Shirt by Norse Projects $160

We love the bold, uneven check print on this Norse Projects piece. Inspired by the works of major Modernist artists (and lovers) Josef and Anni Albers, this idiosyncratic design is made to be worn with jeans and boots.

White Multi-Coloured Button Shirt by Paul Smith $210

Brit designer Paul Smith is a total master when it comes to shirting, so who better to rely on for a classic white shirt? We love this one for its timeless fit and multicoloured buttons. Wear tucked into tailored trousers or tucked out of straight-leg jeans for a smart/casual weekend look.