3 Ways to Wear a Button Up Shirt
Shirt, New York & Company (Similar here & on sale) -- Skirt, Forever 21(similar here) -- Brown Jacket, Macy's (similar here) -- Shoes Micheal Antonio -- Jeans, Marshalls (similar here) -- White Pants, Apostrophe (similar here) -- Red Purse, on sale at Target -- Orange Purse, Marshalls (similar here) -- Necklace, M Renee Design
I learned the art of maximizing my wardrobe back when I was an underpaid college graduate with my first real job. As a result, after a few years of mixing and matching the limited items I had I learned the ultimate fashion equation: 1 item of clothing + creativity = an infinite amount of wardrobe possibilities.
As a recent graduate, I had a limited budget so the clothes I bought for work also had to be mixed in on the weekends as well. Through those post college years one of the items I found most transitional in my wardrobe was the classic button up shirt.
The classic button up shirt is a staple within every woman’s work wear. Regardless of the color or print, every career woman has a collection of these shirts that are usually reserved for the office. But, when it comes to maximizing what’s in your closet, you have to get creative, even with the items that are traditionally labeled as “office only”.
I ran into the blue quarter length button up shown above a few years ago during a random trip to NY & Company. I loved the crazy print and thought it would be a nice addition to my new professional wardrobe. Even though these shirts are one of my favorite styles, button ups can sometimes get a bad rap in the fashion world because they are seen as the boring shirt you put on with dress pants & that’s it. But they are not only the perfect shirt for work but they’re also good pieces for so many other outfit options. With a little mixing and matching, this shirt has taken me from the office, to a casual weekend, to a night on the town.
Below are 6 tips for styling your button up shirts:
- Pair a button up with jeans and heels for an automatic casual and polished look.
- Button up shirts are perfect for layering and look good under jackets, blazers, sweaters, and even T shirts.
- Don’t just stick with the plain traditional white button up; try different colors, patterns, fabrics etc.
- Remember- tucked in gives a more “dressed up” look, and left out gives a more casual look that you can wear with flats.
- Make sure when shopping for this style of shirt that it fits everywhere including your chest to avoid pulling buttons.
- The best accessory with a button up shirt is a statement necklace. Wear the statement necklace around the collar of the shirt for a chic and seamless look as shown above. (check out some statement necklaces here).
So have you thought about all the outfits you can wear with the stack of button up shirts in your closet yet? Even though it’s an office staple it’s surprisingly very versatile. As professional and working women we often have our wardrobe divided up into “work clothes” weekend wear” etc. but once you start thinking of clothing as multipurpose and not limited to a specific time or place, the outfit options will begin to flow. What other work wear do you like to transition outside of the workplace? Let me know in the comments.