The Good Life: Buttoned Up

Brooks Brothers gives the ladies some love

Let's face it: Ever since, well, puberty, it's been nearly impossible to find the perfect ready-to-wear button-down shirt, right? Those that aren't too boxy are too tight across the chest. Those that do button up


Let's face it: Ever since, well, puberty, it's been nearly impossible to find the perfect ready-to-wear button-down shirt, right? Those that aren't too boxy are too tight across the chest. Those that do button up without popping open look like your husband's cast-offs. Dry-cleaning leaves the best of 'em too starchy, and washing machines leave collars sorta bent. Enter Brooks Brothers' new XLA non-iron fitted stretch shirt. It stays put where it should, it lets you move as you want to, and it won't get crazy-wrinkled — whether you're sitting at your desk or snoozing on a cross-country flight. Best of all, it pairs just as well with suits as it does with jeans — and may even make up for all those post-pubescent fashion faux pas that, come on, we all made.

$75 at Brooks Brothers, multiple locations; brooksbrothers.com.