How to Style: A Button-Down Shirt

Photo – Megan Cameron Photography

How to Style is a series of posts created to spread style ideas for those out there who are coming up empty on style inspiration.

We get it, you’re a busy Boss-Babe or Mom or both, and you don’t always have time to sit down and plan all your outfits ahead. We would beg to differ on this point because we believe that Outfit Planning (via Weekly Capsule Wardrobes) actually saves you time. But we get it and we got your back so here is another “How to Style” post dedicated to an interesting way to wear a typical, short-sleeve button-down shirt.

Photo – Megan Cameron Photography
Photo – Megan Cameron Photography

The inspiration for this look came to us as usual, with a question, “what look can we put together from our closet that hasn’t been worn before”? We’re all about creating fresh looks without hitting the shops every time we feel like we’re out of options. Why? We see it as taking the easy way out, and we like a challenge. It’s about digging deeper, maybe that’s a metaphor for life, but we believe good options already exist in your closet full of clothing.

The look started with a white dress by Vero Moda, picked up on a trip to Montreal several years ago. Though simple, this dress has a few interesting features; high, rounded neckline in front, low v-shape in the back with a cut-out edging, ruffle skirt and subtle textured fabric. In colder weather we would top this with a cropped leather jacket or blazer but for summer we went with a simple button-down top worn open and tied at the waist.

Photo – Megan Cameron Photography
Photo- Megan Cameron Photography

The button-down is a thrifted item discovered at Value Village. We loved the light blue colour and linen texture as well as the cropped sleeves. To inject some pattern, we paired with our fav block-heel, leopard print boots, a black & gold Tory Burch crossbody and a bold red lip. Accessories were minimal; a pair of white shades, Michael Kors watch, Tiffany & Co. bracelet and a gold chain from Value Village.

We want to draw your attention to one key thing here, when planning and outfit, plan around one specific item and add on as you go. Another point to focus on is to ensure that you stick to a colour palette of mostly neutrals with small pops of colour and a bit of pattern and texture thrown into the mix. Make sure that you have some repetition with a least 1-2 of the colours to provide continuity, for example this look’s colours are white, black, beige with blue and red. We repeated white in the dress and shades and black in the bag and boots.

Photo – Megan Cameron Photography
Photo – Megan Cameron Photography

Creating looks can be an exciting process if you follow a style formula. The styles you pull off will be unique but the formula can work for everyone. The final key to styling any outfit is to show up for yourself with loving confidence, because confidence can pull off anything .

Keep you eyes out for our next Style Series: Capsule where we share about the art of Capsule Wardrobes.

Erin

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