Fashion Bloggers Show 5 Ways to Update Your Look With Button Down Shirts

If there is a top we recommend you should always have in your wardrobe, it’s the classic button down shirt. Never go without it in your closet or your luggage because it offers a multitude of styling options that won’t go out of style.

Aside from wearing it with just a basic pair of jeans or a skirt, go the extra mile in styling it. Here are a few inspiring looks from bloggers on how to give a fresh look to your button down shirts:

1. Style your plain button down shirt with a printed bomber jacket and a pair of leather shorts


Mary from Layers of Chic blog wore a chambray shirt with a tartan bomber jacket and a pair of cute leather shorts. We like the fusion of preppy styling and edgy pieces in this outfit because it made up an interesting winter ensemble. You can punctuate the look by wearing thermal tights and rain boots.

Get the Look:

button-down-shirts1Isabel Marant Candice Shirt, $247.93
Stella McCartney Matchstick Printed Silk Satin Bomber Jacket, $1665.00
3.1 Phillip Lim Volume Shorts, $295.00
Hunter Boots Belsize Mercer Rain Boots, $195.00

2. Go for low-key styling by wearing your shirt loose over a pair of skinny pants. Bundle up in a printed coat and keep the outfit comfortable with a pair of slip on shoes


Nena from Turn it Inside Out blog made her button down shirt more interesting by wearing it with an animal-printed coat. Do what she did and opt for something metallic for your footwear.

Get the Look:


N˚ 21 Lace Detail Shirt, $361.77
Sylvie Schimmel Leopard Print Fur Coat, $1976.62
Dolce & Gabbana Skinny Jean, $525.00
Sergio Rossi Hutton Tassel Flats, $560.00

3. Update the shirt and pants combo by wearing a cropped sweater over your top.


Erin from Simply Just Lovely blog did just that in this outfit. You can go crazy with the cropped sweater by opting for something printed or glittery.

Get the Look:


Saint Laurent Collared Shirt, $458.63
Narciso Rodriguez Ribbed Cropped Cardigan, $795.00
Dolce & Gabbana Slim Fit Jean, $625.00
Loeffler Randall Grace Monk Strap Flats, $295.00

4. Get your layering game on by wearing a blazer and a coat over your shirt. A pair of cropped pants will keep the look sleek and stylish.


Sasa from Shall We Sasa blog showed us that layering can be done in a cinch. She wore a basic grey button down shirt with a white blazer and then proceeded to capping it off with an oversized coat. Balance the look with a pair of cropped pants. Add colorful pieces here and there for a surprise factor.

Get the Look:

button-down-shirts4Salvatore Piccolo Long Shirt, $385.00
Helmut Lang Ruched Sleeve Blazer, $532.00
Valentino Oversized Coat, $2258.99
Chloe Cropped Pleated Trouser, $729.47
Gianvito Rossi Pointed Toe Pump, $500.67

5. Layer a cropped sleeveless top over your shirt.


Here’s a way to make use of your cropped tops. Do what Jane from Fit Fab Fun Mom did and wear it over your buttoned shirts. This look will work with either a skirt or a pair of skinny pants.

Get the Look:

button-down-shirts5L.A.M.B. Plaid Button Down Shirt, $285.00
Emilio Pucci Cropped Tank Top, $548.49
Sylvie Schimmel Side Zip Trouser, $1850.00
Stuart Weitzman 5050 Stretch Suede Boots, $598.00

These are just but a few of the styling options opened up by the classic button down shirt. Don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces and find ensembles that will really suit your style.

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