Professional wardrobe question: How do you style a classic button up blouse 5 different ways?
I’ve been finding new ways to wear typical clothing items since I began this blog. Last week, I shared a new approach to layering and knit picking, but this week I’m bringing the attention back to a closet staple. It’s important to have good style, but it’s even more important to have pieces that have versatility. The good thing about versatile wardrobe items is that they provide multiple outfit combinations. So it’s almost like wearing a new clothing item every time you put it on. For me, it’s a contributing factor in the prevention of over-shopping.
Normally when the seasons change I aimlessly shop for new clothing items. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? I know I’m starting to over-shop when things like my time and priorities come into question. I often catch myself shopping and weighing the option of buying something I don’t really need over life’s necessities like groceries or bills. The end result is always the same though. Priorities come first.
I’ve gotten comfortable with backing off from shopping triggers like email subscriptions and aggressive Instagram brands by styling what I already have. The truth is, I don’t want to aimlessly shop around wasting time and money. I want to have a functional wardrobe.
So today, I’m remixing this unstructured, white button up blouse five different ways. I’m into thin, loose fitting, wrinkle-resistant fabric, because ironing is my least favorite chore and it always helps my appearance when clothes fit away from my body. One thing I do suggest when buying a button up blouse for versatility is to size up. If I stuck to my true size, then I would only be able to wear this blouse the old fashioned way. If you’re already plotting on it, I’ve tagged plenty of similar tops in the shoppable image towards the end of this post.
Now let’s shake things up a little bit:
A crisp white collar look has been the epitome of what is considered professional in the fashion industry for decades. It’s classic and it always works. More often than not I will wear this style for an interview. Maintaining a tailored appearance is everything when I’m trying to make a good first impression. It also helps soften my image by taking the attention away from other characteristics like my hairstyle, jewelry, and makeup. Not all at once though. Whenever I wear this style, I often check behind myself to make sure my buttons are securely fastened without any gaping, undergarments are not visible, and the length of the blouse aligns with my height. It seems like simple things to fix, but it can be tricky. Just make sure you have a mirror, double sided tape, a safety pin, and flesh toned undergarments to make quick alteration where you feel they’re needed.
This is my new favorite way to wear button up blouses! It’s not because I’m a backwards person. Even though, sometimes I really can be. Overall, I am one of those people that love everything that is outside of the box. Who in the world would’ve thought to wear a button up blouse backwards? Who would’ve thought that wearing a button up blouse backwards would actually look good? This is kind of like that “I got dressed in the dark, but I still look good” kind of tops.
Off The Shoulder
Baring shoulders in a long sleeve top has become the replacement for tube tops for me. It fulfills the desire of wanting to be sexy alongside the need of wanting to look nice while enjoying the elements of nature. I don’t own many off the shoulder tops, but the ones I do have fit loosely, as if it were converted from a classic button up blouse. The only downside to this style is the urge to fiddle with my sleeves all day. Constantly having to adjust my shoulder sleeves or re-button the top button does get a little old after a little while. To prevent the constant adjustments, I add a little bit of double sided tape on my shoulders and two safety pins to keep the buttons secured. Hopefully you’re starting to see a trend.
This is a complete throwback and probably the first step into the world of versatility with the classic button up blouse. The tie front look reminds me of the outfit the girls from grease lightning wore. My ideal outfit when sporting this style includes a pair of high waisted jeans, a bandeau (pictured). It could also work as a cover up in the Summer. Now, this isn’t my favorite look but it’s number 2 on the list of ease. Number one require no effort whatsoever.
This is number one on the easy chart. It is as effortless as throwing on a cardigan and stylish as wearing a kimono. The only time I might want to wear a button up blouse like this is after a long day of deadlines and meetings. As soon as I leave work, every button is getting unbuttoned and I am adding a level of comfort to my wardrobe! It’s not the same satisfaction as being able to take off a bra after feeling constrained under a band of pressure all day, but it’s pretty close. It also works great as a cover up over a bathing suit.
Shop The Look
At this point, if you don’t have a classic button up blouse then you need to get one! Of all the things to have in your closet this is the one item that can work for literally any occasion. Professionally for an interview, formal for a special event, sophisticated for work, casually for a day of errands – the possibilities are endless. As crazy as it may sound, I dug my classic button up shirt out of my laundry basket three times before I eventually got avocado toast on it and had no choice but to wash it. Right now it’s on the same level as my favorite bra, which is pretty up there.
Investing in a button up is probably the best thing I ever did for my wardrobe. I’m not really sure whether it’s called a button up or a button down, but I am certain that it has my outfit looking sharp no matter the direction you button in. I believe in a lot of things, and dressing how you feel (and feeling good correlating to looking good) is one of them. I felt pretty sharp with my button up no matter how I decided to wear it!
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