How High to Button Your Shirt for Interviews

blouse-buttons-suitsWhen interviewing, must you button your shirt all the way to the top? How many buttons are acceptable to leave unbuttoned? Reader S wonders…

I am going for an interview at quite a conservative organisation. I have a navy skirt suit and was going to wear a white button up shirt. Do I need to button up all the buttons up to the top?

I have an immediate, initial gut reaction here — but I’m curious if the readers agree. Before we start, note that the WSJ just discussed this very topic for men’s attire; in the past we’ve talked about whether shirt collars should be tucked into a blazer or splayed on top, as well as where to get the best button-front blouses. Here’s my gut reaction $.02:

NO! Don’t button it all the way to the top! That would look weird, and fussy, and… and… I’m thinking of a hitman in a movie but can’t quite put my finger on which movie. (Also: Rainman.) I dug up a few pictures for inspiration, though, and my opinions shifted as I studied it. So I’m really curious to hear what readers say.  Here are some notes:

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Button Down Blouse

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Collective Concepts Button Down BlouseWow — there are seven glowing reviews for this polyester blouse, from Collective Concepts. The reviewers note that while it’s a bit sheer, it’s great with both a pencil skirt and skinny pants. All four patterns seem cool, too — I’ve pictured the “blue ditsy” pattern, but there’s also a simple black and white polka dot, a pink/orange “brushstroke” floral, and a cool mint green geometric pattern. They were $69, but are now marked to $47.99 at Piperlime. Collective Concepts Button Down Blouse

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Peacock Shirt with Tie

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BASLER Peacock Shirt with TieI feel like I am seeing beautiful blouse after beautiful blouse this season — including this gorgeous peacock-themed one from BASLER. I love the vibrant teal and royal blue, mixed with the more muted brown and green, and I love the ombre effect — I think it would look stunning by itself, and very chic under a blazer or cardigan. I’m a bit . . . intrigued? . . . that a $350 blouse is made from polyester, but it is machine washable, so there you go. It’s $350 at Bloomingdale’s. BASLER Peacock Shirt with Tie

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Evie Silk Long Sleeve Top

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MARC BY MARC JACOBS Top - Exclusive Evie Silk Long SleeveOooh: I really like this red Marc by Marc Jacobs top. Love the round collar, the three-quarter length sleeves, and the fluid feel. I always feel like these flowy, meant-to-be-untucked blouses work best with straight or cigarette pants — what are your thoughts, readers? This silk blouse is $248 at Bloomingdale’s. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Top – Exclusive Evie Silk Long Sleeve

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Cotton Cummerbund Blouse

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Akris Punto Cotton Cummerbund BlouseHello: love this blouse. Admittedly, the color is half of it — I have an entire wall of my bedroom painted this color — but it’s the little details that I love the most: the interesting shape to it, the stand collar, the hidden placket, the cotton eyelet. I’d wear a black camisole under this, or perhaps (perhaps) a dark purple camisole. It’s $795 at Saks. Akris Punto Cotton Cummerbund Blouse

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Polka Dot Silk Blouse

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Women's Polka Dot Silk BlouseLands’ End Canvas has some great deals on blouses right now. I like this little polka-dotted number — the three-quarter sleeves and “mockneck” give it a fresh look. I’d wear it with a gray pencil skirt, perhaps accented with a yellow belt. It was $89.50, but is now marked to $39.99. Women’s Polka Dot Silk Blouse

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