With the Forum's help, I have been actively evaluating all of my button downs. I am at work and can't post pictures from this computer, but the link that shows my button downs and comments from the forum can be found at:


Is it possible that button downs only really work well for women with flat chests? I really, really like the look of button downs in pictures. I wonder if my challenges are created by a larger chest?

Regardless of the above issue, I still like them a lot and am trying to make them work for me. Based on Forum comments, I am keeping numbers 1, 2, and 3. The fourth one, with the princess seams, may be donated this weekend (still deciding). I know Angie said it was ok, but so many others commented on the "dated look" that it is stuck in my head. I know I will wear it less than I should (and not because I am "saving" it). Lesson about "saving things" learned.

Finally, I used to wear button downs nearly every work day. I stopped wearing them about two-three years ago and only recently resumed. I feel button downs are important in my wardrobe because I feel more comfortable wearing them for meetings. So I don't want to give them up, I want to figure out how to make them work for me in 2016-2017.

If this necessitates starting over and buying new wardrobe of button downs, I am ok with that. But Angie commented twice that the Gap Shirt should be donated (picture number 5). That shirt was bought just last year so how can that one be dated?

Perhaps I have no clue what button downs in 2016-2017 should look like? All advice is welcome.

I should end this by saying my goal is to update my wardrobe of button downs. I want to wear them. I want to love them. I am tired of knits and tee shirts. I am focusing on whatever is ideal for 2016-2017 in very basic colors in cotton, silk, and linen.