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7 Ways to Wear a Button Up Shirt

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Button ups (or button downs- I call ’em both) are so versatile. I originally thought that they were just workwear pieces, but now I love wearing them whenever I want to look polished or mix casual and a polished style! Keep reading for inspo on ways to wear a button up shirt– I bet you have one hiding in your closet!

Ways to Wear a Button Up Shirt

The ideas below hopefully show you that a button up shirt not only goes with any bottoms, but works as a fabulous layering piece too!

Spring? Knot it over a slip dress and pair it with sneakers for a fun, casual look.
Summer? Wear it with white culottes or denim shorts and accessorize with brown & gold for a chic, laidback look!
Fall? Black jeans are grounding and a denim jacket adds the needed warmth. Loafers add a chic touch to an otherwise casual outfit.
Winter? Jeans, ankle boots, and your outerwear of choice!

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As I’ve said before, these tops are versatile! Not all tops are the same either. You can get a relaxed fit that’s great for spring/summer, knotting over dresses, and/or wearing as a swimsuit cover or you can get a slim, structured look that’s great for pairing with suits and wearing to work! I like both!

More Ideas

Tuck it in and cuff the sleeves–a French way of doing “perfectly imperfect.” You look a little bit polished without trying too hard!

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Related: French Girl Starter Wardrobe

Only tuck in one side of your top- it’s a cool mix when paired with ripped jeans.

Related: A Simple Combo You Can’t Go Wrong With

Old photo- but it still works! Make a button up look more stylish by pairing it with a hat, a duster, and some big black sunglasses!

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An even older photo, but the power of a silk scarf with anything will never fail. Especially when paired with a button up shirt!

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A white button up shirt is an essential piece in your wardrobe. Curious to know the others? Check out this post!

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making mychicobsession.com a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.