Buttoning up your shirt all the way to the top isn't anything new--everything other girl at LFW is doing it. In this circumstance, the runways are imitating the street, from Bora Aksu to Matthew Williamson.
Wearing a coat or blazer draped over your shoulders isn't exactly a new trend. It's kind of a fussy dignified old lady look. Cardigan clips existed in the late '50s and '60s (and Glee's Emma Pillsbury is bringing them back) to facilitate wearing your button-downs draped instead of arms-in and buttoned-up. But if you follow the big street style blogs, the ones that follow the fashion crowd over fashion month like Tommy Ton, Garance Dore and the Sartorialist, you've probably noticed that the fashion elite have taken to this trend like gangbusters. Most notably, Marie Claire's Taylor Tomasi Hill and Zanna Roberts and Elle's Kate Lanphear seem loathe to put their arms in their blazer sleeves.
Everyone knows that a good button-down is a wardrobe staple. Easy, and comfortable, it's the smartest way to look "put together" fast. Preppy? Style yours like Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Grunge? Leave a dark, loose shirt open over a band tee. Hippie? Wear a long, relaxed button-down as a dress. This closet necessity is fit for everyone, anytime, anywhere. Click through to see the best of the best.