If there's one item of clothing that I reach for no matter what the weather, it's the boyfriend-inspired button down. All summer I've paired my breeziest shirts with shorts to keep things cool, and now that the temps are finally dropping they'll be my go-to for fending off the morning chill when I'm walking the dog. The perfect mix of casual and comfortable, stylish and smart, a good button-down is worth its weight in gold.
Like any fanatic, I'm always thrilled to meet someone as obsessed with the perfect button-down as I am—and I knew I'd found a kindred spirit when I met Gill McLean of California Tailor. A Londoner living in Los Angeles, Gill founded the label to combine the traditional tailoring of her birthplace with the laid-back vibes of her adopted country.
The result is a shirt that strikes the perfect balance between impeccable design and construction, and impossible softness and ease. Each one promises that slouchy tomboy fit without stealing your shape, and the huge selection of colors and patterns (plaids! florals! stripes! chambrays! delivers options for every day of the week. Plus true to its name, each California Tailor shirt is made right here in LA. Don't you love it when already-good things get even better?