17 ways to wear your button-down shirts!

One of the good things about fashion is that there is no one right way to wear a garment. Almost any piece of clothing can be worn in a million different ways, depending on the occasion at hand. Even something as simple as a shirt can be styled in multiple ways, to create interesting looks. This post will give you a roundup of 17 different ways to breathe new life into your basic button down shirt and make it one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in your wardrobe.

1. Under a sleeveless dress

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Office wear need not always mean you’ve to wear your shirt with a formal skirt or trousers. Pair your favourite sleeveless party dress with a button down shirt to give it a conservative touch, and you’re good to go for your office presentation.

2. With Culottes

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Culottes are the rage this season, and you can certainly make them office-friendly! Pin-stripped culottes worn with a crisp white button-down shirt can make for a flattering office wear.

3. With a skirt (formal look)

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The coveted 9-5 style- a pencil skirt worn with a formal button-down shirt and accompanying accessories.

4. With a skirt (preppy look)

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A button-down shirt, when worn with a racer skirt, can make for a fun and preppy look for a day out with your friends.

5. Over sized shirts

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For a dressed down, casual day look, you can wear an over sized button down shirt, or a boyfriend shirt, with a pair of denims and accessorize it with a chain sling bag and a pair of chic sunglasses.

6. As a skirt

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This may sound a little tricky, but you can tie up your old denim button down shirt around your waist to make it a skirt!

7. Under a sweater

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For the cold winter days, you can wear a pullover or cardigan over your shirt, along with a pair of jeans or trousers. Accessorize it with a pendant and chain or a chunky necklace, and stacked bangles.

8. Under strapless dress

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This can be a great outfit idea for a black tie event. A strapless cocktail dress can be instantly revamped to be worn to a formal event. Simply pair it with a crisp button down shirt which compliments the dress, and accessorize it with the right accessories.

9. With a blazer

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A great outfit idea for office. If you thought dress shirts and blazers are only for the guys, you’re wrong. Take your office wardrobe a notch higher by wearing a blazer with your button down shirt and trousers/ skirt.

10. With a midi skirt

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For a sophisticated and feminine look, team your button down shirt with a midi skirt. A pair of classic heels, a sling bag or a clutch, and minimal accessories will give off some serious Audrey Hepburn vibes from Roman Holiday.

11. With a long/maxi skirt

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For a fun, casual look, wear a plain button-down shirt with a printed long skirt. And if it’s a formal party that you have to attend, you can ditch the trusted LBD just this one time. Opt for a formal long skirt and a button down shirt instead.

12. Over a dress

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Next time the weather outside gets a little nippy, don’t reach out for your jacket. Instead, wear a denim button down shirt over your dress, either knotted or cinched with a belt at the waist.

13. With a cropped top

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Have a cropped top but not too sure how to wear it? Well, here’s a great outfit idea-you can wear it with a simple button down shirt and a pair of jeans or trousers, and look effortlessly chic for your movie date.

14. With shorts

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Brighten up a gloomy summer afternoon with a pair of  shorts, a button down shirt and a statement necklace or chunky earrings.

15. As an off-shoulder top


Bare your shoulders, even with a button-down shirt.

16. With a maxi dress

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Ideal for a lunch date with your friends. Wear it with flats and a pendant and chain.

17. Tied-up

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Just knot it around your waist. ‘Nuff said!

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