The Email From ‘Oprah’ That Changed This Designer’s Life

By Katie Morell

Nearly every woman who wears a button-down shirt feels a mix of classy and self-conscious—the latter thanks to the almost unavoidable gap between the shirt’s buttons, which sometimes reveals skin or undergarments. (The 8-inches-below-eye-level glances from passers-by and colleagues only make matters worse.)

Rochelle Behrens knows this feeling well. Back in 2008, she was working as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, and wore a button-down shirt every day. “I thought they looked powerful and professional,” she says, “but soon my colleagues started commenting on how my shirts would gape open.”

To close the between-button gap, Behrens jerry-rigged a safety pin into the …read more