Our wardrobes are comprised of a lot of different items. That is the fun of fashion; we can tailor them to our individual tastes. No matter your style or taste, most of our wardrobes will contain a few basics that are the workhorses. Today we are looking at a classic item that is so versatile, and most of us will probably already have one or two of these hanging in our closets. Here are SIX different looks on ways to style a white button up shirt.
I recently did a Classic White Button Down Shirts for Women Over 50 post that showed several white shirts up might like. If you need to update your white shirt, then you might find one you like in that post.
A Classic White Button Up Shirt
Before we work on ways to style a white button up shirt, we have to FIND the shirt. There are so many choices of shirts to choose from; tunic, no-iron, satin, etc., but today I’m styling a classic oxford shirt.
#1. Button Up Shirt With Boyfriend Jeans
Let’s start off with the basics. A button up shirt and a pair of jeans is a classic look that most of us can recreate right now. There is nothing fancy about this look, but it is how all looks start. A top, a bottom, and then you add complementary pieces and accessories.
I’ve worn a Button-up oxford shirt since I was in my 20s. This style is classic, and the fabric is a nice weight. If finding a white button up shirt that isn’t see-through is a struggle, you should be happy with this one.
The seaming on the shirt helps it to fit closer to the body and not be too loose and boxy. If I want a large oversized shirt, then I would choose one of these from Talbots or Loft. The shirt is the perfect length to wearing with leggings since it covers you from the front and back.
I love these Sam Edelman Slide Sandals! They are a great natural color that will go with anything, and they can be dressed up or down. The design on the sandal is eye-catching, and I love the attention to detail. The color just matches my Woven Vegan Leather Tote Bag so I know this will be a combination I’ll carry a lot this summer.
#2. A Striped Poncho, Button Up Shirt, and Boyfriend Jeans
When it comes to ways to style a button up shirt, it doesn’t have to be that hard. Adding this Camel Striped poncho completely changed the look of the outfit, but all we did was add one more item. Adding a third piece, or a completer piece changes the look and makes it look more thought out and polished. Even though this is still a casual look, it is now an elevated casual look.
The relaxed boyfriend jeans fit true to size. I’m wearing my usual size 29, so these fit TTS. These relaxed jeans are loose, but not baggy, so I like the way they fit.
#3. A Floral Kimono, Button Up Shirt, and Jean Shorts
This looks so different from the previous outfits, but I’m following the same formula. A top, a bottom, a complimentary piece, and accessories. This formula is how I create almost all outfits, and you can use the formula too.
I love this kimono since it creates a lot of visual interest. I’m wearing the print, summer painting, but the kimono is available in many other prints. You can wear this as a swimsuit cover-up also, which will help you get more wear from your purchase. The kimono is under $30, and that’s a good deal in my book.
These high rise jeans shorts are super cute, and I love the raw frayed hem. The inseam is probably 3.5″ – 4″, and since many of you prefer longer shorts, I’ll link to others below. I’m wearing my usual size 8, and the shorts fit me perfectly. I added a Straw Tote Handbag I just purchased and a pair of slide sandals with a large buckle.
#4. A Navy Blazer, Button Up Shirt, and Trouser Jeans
Since all of the other outfits have been casual looking, I’m showing a slightly dressier option here. When looking for ways to style a white button up shirt, I stuck with jeans since my shirt was more casual. But, if your button up is satin, then you might want to pair it with dress pants instead.
It is amazing how adding a blazer to your outfit changes everything. Adding a cardigan should give you the same look, but it doesn’t. A cardigan can still look casual, but a blazer will usually elevate the look so much more. This Navy schoolboy blazer is a classic style, so it is one you can wear for years. I’m wearing my usual size 10, and it fits great.
All jeans are not created equal. Trouser Jeans are dressier than other styles of jeans, and they look great with a blazer. These jeans are high waisted and have a large cuff at the hem. I’m wearing a size 8, so these fit true to size.
I’ve been carrying this Ivory shoulder bag for a while, and I like the latch detail. You can also choose to carry this as a shoulder bag, a crossbody, or double the chain and carry it by the handle. It is a medium-sized bag and has enough room to carry pretty much all your essentials.
#5. A Button Up Shirt, a Graphic Tee, and Boyfriend Jeans
Maybe it is because I work from home, but I find myself styling a lot of casual outfits. Here is another casual look, and it is using the button up shirt as a jacket.
I love a good graphic t-shirt, and I especially like ones that are pretty. You can’t get much prettier than this Allover Graphic T-shirt by Nicole Wittenberg. This tee is limited in size, but there are several tees by this artist that are still available, and I’ll link to those below.
I’ve been wearing my Nike Air Max Dawn sneakers a lot lately. I wore them to Miami, to Scottsdale, and I’ve been walking in them each morning. They are super comfortable, and they have a lot of cushioning. I’m wearing my usual size 9, so they run TTS.
#6. A Tie Front Button Up Shirt, a White Shell Sweater, and Black Wash Girlfriend Jeans
It’s time for the last look. I couldn’t show ways to style a white button up shirt without doing a tie front style.
I wear my button up shirts tied in the front a lot, especially in the summer months. If your shirt is boxy or oversized, this helps to create a waistline and look more fitted. Sometimes, I’ll have the shirt buttoned up, but today I’m leaving it open and wearing a white Shell sweater under it. If I had worn a different color shell sweater, you could have seen better that the shirt was open.
When you tie the shirt in the front, it does tend to shorten the length of the shirt. Remember that if you plan on wearing leggings. The Girlfriend Jeans in Washed Black Wash are super soft, and I love the faded color that looks like a well-loved pair of jeans. I wear black jeans a lot in the summer, and I think they look fantastic with just a white t-shirt. These run true to size; I’m wearing my usual size 29.
I’ve already gotten my money’s worth from the Quilted Crossbody Bag. The bag is on sale right now, and it was already a great deal. This holds my phone, my wallet, glasses, etc., and looks similar to a St Laurent Lou camera bag, but at a HUGE discount.
Which of the six ways to style a white button up shirt did you like the best?
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