Today I bring you menswearish button-downs, which form the basis for my favorite of all the French fashion editor outfits: the simple but perfect jeans-and-button-down ensemble. The Frenchies didn’t invent this combo, of course—it’s American to the core—but they did manage to perfect it, getting the crucial shirt and jeans slouch-to-tight ratio just right so that the look skews feminine, and mastering the all-important half-tuck. It’s the easiest look in the world to copy: the key is to get that slouch going, and for that you need a nice, roomy shirt. So choose one of the oversized options I’ve included here, or size up.
A striped shirt buttoned low is just so sexy, I don’t know why.
This oversize option has a nifty split hem in back.
Classic blue with a pocket is kind of fun and preppy.
Oversize, with micro-stripes.