Better Button-Downs: Stylish and Sturdy Shirts for Fall

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It’s that transitional time of year. The days are still hot but the nights are getting cool, making it even trickier to choose a shirt to last all day. Here are three long-sleeved shirts that will get you from summer to autumn in style and have you covered no matter the weather is doing.

DSTLD Button Down Denim

We love a good Western shirt, with its snap buttons and curved yoke (the area where the back panel meets the shoulder panel). That said, it’s getting tough to find a vintage one that fits, and/or isn’t in tatters. DSTLD, the denim-focused direct-to-consumer e-commerce brand, recently launched their new Button Down Denim Shirt ($75) that might be the perfect Western shirt for city slickers. If you don’t want to look like a rodeo star or a reject from the Grand Ole Opry, this is a stripped-down version of the classic style in a 7.5-ounce denim. It comes in three different colorways — midnight blue, dark vintage, and our favorite, black overdye (top). It’s a got a soft feel, contrast stitching, and classic snap buttons. It looks great solo, or wear it unbuttoned over a cotton tee with the sleeves pushed up for a casual cool.

Batch Utility

Batch, an online “slow fashion” brand that launched in 2015, elevates the utility shirt to a higher level thanks to nice details (mother of pearl buttons, for instance), high-quality fabrics, and handmade construction. Their Utility Shirt ($82) is office appropriate, but we’re sure you’ll find yourself pulling it out of the closet for a night out. It looks as good with a tie as it does over a tee, unbuttoned. There’s three different versions — the Editor, the Freelancer, and the Tactician — with varying details, but whichever you choose they’re all 100 percent cotton, lightweight, soft, and sharp as hell. We love the Editor (above), with its reinforced seams, dimensional pockets, and range of colors. It’s become a staple for us and we’d be surprised if the same doesn’t happen for you.

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Buck Mason Dusk Washed Poplin

Buck Mason was founded in 2013 by two neighbors from Venice Beach, with the idea of simplifying the American wardrobe. The clothing, handcrafted in small batches in the US, has a timelessness about it. So between the great quality and the trend-bucking, you’ll be able to wear Bucvk Mason for many moons to come. While you know we like their Oxford shirt and their tees, we especially love the Dusk Washed Poplin (below, $95 at Spring) with its light gray-purple coloring, tailored fit, broken-in feel, and fused collar that stays where it’s supposed to, wash after wash. 

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