Men’s closets have long been the source of lazy girls’ quick morning fixes for decades now. We’ve taken their jeans, their blazers, their bomber jackets, even their cologne and balanced it with our own fitted-everything because dammit, we too like to feel our bodies breathe in our clothes once in a while. Button downs just happen to be my favorite of the borrowed-from-the-boys bit and although they’re somewhat mundane to style, I think I’ve found some creative ways we can work with these 9-5ers and make button downs great again (cautionary disclaimer: not a Trump sponsored post #MBDGA). So, I give you three new ways to style a button down.
1. As a One Shoulder Statement Top
This one’s pretty simple and still fiends off the cold shoulder/statement tops vibe everyone is having right now. Keep one arm out and unbutton the bottom 2-3 buttons on the shirt. Cross over the loose sleeve and tie a knot with the opposite end front tail. After the knot, simply tuck the excess sleeve under the shirt and voila! You just made shoulders look sexy in a button down.
2. As a Peekaboo Tube Top
This one is more for my friends out there with smaller chests; this one’s for us. Button the shirt up to right below your chest, keeping both arms out. Cross over the sleeves and knot them so they cover the twins. Tuck the loose sleeves in the shirt, throw on some encrusted cross earrings and leopard mules and proceed to dish out any bit of Italian you picked up over the summer in Capri for that dinner small talk.
3. As a Halter
I’m all about the shoulders right now and this one was just too obvious an option of a shirt-turned-party-top. Like the previous look, button up the shirt but this time covering your chest, leaving both arms out. Cross over the sleeves and try not to strangle yourself into tying them around your neck. Because it’s a larger shirt, the bottom looks better tucked into something so go for anything high waisted and bam, you’re all set for the derby.