11 Fresh Ways to Wear a Button-Down Shirt

Play around with a classic style.

ways to style a button down

Design by Tiana Crispino

A button-down shirt is a must-have item in every closet, regardless of your typical style. While a button-down, like a crisp oxford or a silky blouse, may seem basic, it’s actually one of the most versatile items in your closet because it can be worn in so many ways. You can wear one to the office or to go out with friends, use one to complete your first date look, try it as a beach coverup, or throw it on for effortless style while running errands. The possibilities are endless. 

However, all this variety can be a little intimidating. If you’re trying to learn how to style your shirt or itching to step outside your fashion rut and try something new, read on for 11 ways to style your favorite button-down for any occasion. 

Tie It Up

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Probably the easiest way to style a button-down is to leave it unbuttoned and tie it into a crop top. You can pair it with a silk slip skirt, high-waisted jeans, or over your favorite dress. Overall, it's a quick outfit for last-minute plans.

Oversize and Accessorize

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Design by Tiana Crispino

A button-down shirt is a pretty simple staple, which means you can go bold with your accessories. Grab an oversize button-down and pair it with some stylish sunglasses and a bold purse for a pop of color.

Layer Under a Dress

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Design by Tiana Crispino

If you love wearing a button-down to the office but are tired of pairing it with pants, try layering it by wearing it under your favorite sleeveless dress for an effortless preppy look that's perfect for the workday.

Let It Hang Out

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Button-downs aren't just blouses—they also work as outerwear. Grab your favorite oversized button-down and wear it open over simple jeans and a bodysuit for a last-minute touch before going out.

Claim Your Power

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Design by Tiana Crispino

A pantsuit and a button-down are a classic combination that always works well, especially if you have an important meeting or want to show off how cool you look. Go big with bold colors against a simple crisp button-down.

Try a High-Fashion Upgrade


Design by Tiana Crispino

While a plain button-down is a must-have, you can also play around with different types of shirts. Put a high-fashion twist on a classic by pairing a sheer button-down bodysuit with a leather skirt and a statement bag.

Go Vintage

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Give your button-down shirt a '70s vibe by pairing an oversized oxford style with some colorful flare jeans. Together, it's a groovy and memorable look that couldn't be easier.

Make It a Dress

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Shirt dresses are always popular. Whether you buy an oxford shirt that's very oversized or buy an oxford shirt dress, pull it together with a simple shoulder bag and add some heels for an instantly chic, sophisticated look.

Mix Some Prints

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Don’t be afraid to play with print. Grab a printed button-down and pair it with a full skirt for a playful look that will instantly be eye-catching. Some simple earrings can tie it all together.

Keep It Classic

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Design by Tiana Crispino

While there are so many ways to shake up your look, there’s also nothing wrong with a simple white button-down paired with some mom jeans. Add some bold flats or a layered necklace for a pop of subtle chic, but don’t overdo it.

Embrace the High Waist

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Don’t be afraid to take your button-down look into the sunlight. Grab a short-sleeved style and tuck it into some high-waisted shorts for a sweet warm-weather look. Add a chic backpack and you’re ready to hit the road.

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