4 Ways to Style a Button-down

1. Under a sweater:
Sweater, Calvin Klein | Button-down, thrifted Ralph Lauren | Skirt, Wet Seal | Boots, Tommy Hilfiger
Sweater, thrifted Forever 21 | Skirt, thrifted Hollister | Button-down and boots, same as previous
Sweater, Mom's | Button-down, thrifted | Shorts, Kohl's | Necklace, Macy's |Boots, Tommy Hilfiger

2. With a skirt:
Button-down, Target | Skirt, H&M | Shoes, Forever 21 | Necklace, eFoxCity

3. Under a dress:
Dress, thrifted Forever 21 | Button-down and shoes, same as previous | Original post here
Button-down, thrifted Ralph Lauren | Dress, Kohl's | Shoes, same as previous

4. Under a cardigan:
Cardigan, Target | Button-down, thrifted | Pants, American Eagle | Shoes, Tommy Hilfiger | Necklace, eFoxcity
Cardigan, Forever 21 | Button-down, thrifted Ralph Lauren | Skirt, thrifted Hollister | Shoes, DSW | Necklace, Maxnina | Original post here
Photos 2, 5, 6, 7 by Jingwen Zhang

Consider this a throwback, remix, and casual tutorial all in one post.

Up until a year ago, I avoided button-downs, deeming them appropriate only for professionals. Since then, they've become a staple in my wardrobe--nearly all of these shots are of outfits I never got around to posting last year, and all of them incorporate a button-down. I'm now a huge fan because they're so versatile and inexpensive if you thrift around. Let this be a testament that these polished pieces can definitely work in everyday looks!

How to make it work:

1. Layer it under a sweater
This is one of my favorite combos, but also the one I have to be most careful with--it can easily look too academic or bulky. To solve these problems, I usually toss in a skirt with the ensemble, or if I do wear pants, I keep it casual with leggings or jeans. As for bulkiness, I look for a more lightweight, looser sweather. For the very first look, I actually took to the men's section in a discount department store--I got exactly what I wanted, and only for $10!

2. Style it with a skirt
I found this very work-appropriate while I was at Nordstrom--it's a sweet and simple twist on a professional staple.

3. Wear it under a dress
It not only adds some polish to otherwise-casual pieces, like my floral dress, but also helps you transition between seasons. This way, you can wear your summer dresses in the fall or spring and still stay warm.

4. Throw a cardi over it
Ditto on the transitioning between seasons-- extra layers = extra warmth. Cardis also keep things casual--I do my best to avoid stand-alone button-downs.

If you have any tips of your own, drop em in the comments! This post is definitely evidence that I shoot photos more often than I have time to post them, so I'm going to do my best to balance that out from now on.

Wishing you a happy transition to spring!

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4 comments

  1. You wear shirts so well! :) I tend not to have many shirts in my wardrobe, simply because I hate the ironing required for them, haha! I had to wear shirts a while back when I first started my corporate work life, and hated ironing soooo much. Now I have a few as you can't deny they are versatile pieces! I still hate ironing them though :P

    Away From The Blue

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  2. Is a button down a shirt? I like the way you styled them! I've been wearing them more recently!x

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  3. Yup, I also sometimes call them collared tops! Thank you, Kezzie :)

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  4. I totally feel you, Mica! That's why I usually go for the non-iron ones or I layer so that only the collar is visible haha.

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