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  • Writer's pictureKaeli Renee

One Item, 9 Different Styles- The Classic Button-Up


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We talk all the time about the idea of expanding your closet just by changing your perspective and releasing the “restrictions” that you place on them. In order for you to shift the way you look at styling and outfit we are starting a blog series on everyday clothing items and show just how versatile they can be. This week we are starting with the traditional button-up shirt.


You have seen them being used as layers either under sweaters or just worn open with a shirt underneath. The most popular is the classic tuck with a nice belt or even just tied around your waist. But let's put a twist on some classic ways to make your styling abilities limitless!


Backwards Style:

Flip the script and wear your button-up shirt backward for a unique and unexpected twist. Button it up as usual, but wear the collar in the back for a fresh take on this classic piece. Pair with high-waisted trousers or a skirt for a fashion-forward look.

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Off-Shoulder and Backward:

Combine two unconventional styles by wearing your button-up shirt backward and off the shoulder. Button it up as usual but flip it around so that the buttons are at the back. Then, slide it down to expose your shoulders for a trendy and playful ensemble.

Belted as a Top:

Turn your button-up shirt into a chic top by cinching it at the waist with a statement belt. Leave the bottom buttons undone to create a flattering peplum effect, and pair with high-waisted pants or a skirt for a sophisticated and figure-flattering look.


Asymmetric Hemline:

Give your button-up shirt a modern update by altering the hemline into an asymmetric shape. Experiment with cutting the shirt diagonally or leaving one side longer than the other for a unique and edgy look. Pair with skinny jeans or leather leggings for a stylish and fashion-forward ensemble.


Layered Under a Corset or Bustier:

Add a touch of romance to your outfit by layering your button-up shirt under a corset or bustier. Button it up halfway and tuck it into a high-waisted skirt or pants, then layer the corset or bustier over the top for a sultry yet sophisticated outfit.

Convertible Sleeve Style:

Get creative with your button-up shirt sleeves by converting them into different styles. Roll them up and secure with a button or cufflink for a casual look, or unbutton them and tie them in a knot for a trendy and relaxed vibe. Experiment with different sleeve lengths and styles to suit your mood and outfit.


As a Wrap Top:

Transform your button-up shirt into a wrap top by unbuttoning it completely and tying the ends together at the front or side. Adjust the tightness of the knot to create a flattering silhouette, and pair it with high-waisted pants or a skirt for a chic and sophisticated ensemble.

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Layered Under a Slip Dress:

Give your slip dress a stylish update by layering a button-up shirt underneath. Leave the top buttons undone to create a plunging neckline, and let the collar and cuffs peek out for added visual interest. Finish the look with ankle boots or strappy heels for a trendy and feminine fit.


Knotted at the Back:

Add a unique twist to your button-up shirt by knotting it at the back instead of the front. Leave the front untucked for a relaxed and laid-back vibe, and pair it with high-waisted jeans or shorts for a casual yet stylish look. This unexpected detail adds a touch of flair to your outfit while keeping it effortlessly cool.

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These non-traditional ways to wear a button-up shirt allow you to unleash your creativity and express your personal style in new and exciting ways. Whether you're experimenting with unconventional silhouettes, layering techniques, or sleeve styles, the button-up shirt is a versatile piece that can be transformed to suit any occasion or mood. So go ahead, think outside the box, and have fun with your fashion!


Let us know what you want us to style next and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @therynapp to see more inspiration!

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