Most every woman has a white collared shirt in their closet. You may even have several. Alone, it may seem “boring” or “corporate” but it’s actually one of the most stylish and versatile pieces you own if you know how to style it.
Let’s break it down.
1. Tie your button down in a knot:
Instead of tucking it in, untuck the shirt and tie it in a knot at the waist. It gives a more casual and effortless look that can be paired with high-waisted bottoms. If you’re worried about accentuating your belly, try tying the shirt right below your waistline. This will still draw the eye upward without emphasizing a larger belly.
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2. Cuff the sleeves.
Cuffing a button up shirt gives the look an effortless feel. No longer is this your corporate go-to, but instead, a chic and classic vibe for brunch, running outfits or working from home. Cuffing a sleeve does more than keep it casual, it shows off the slimmest part of your arm and makes you appear slimmer, no matter your shape. Add a statement watch or stackable bracelets to add more personality to a simple shirt.
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3. Layer, baby.
Instead of wearing a white collared shirt alone, layer it up with a sweater, cardigan, blazer or trench (our favorite trench coats for Spring 2023 are here). This gives the outfit a purposeful look and creates interest.
STYLE TIP: Remember to find your “sister items” in your outfit, meaning two items that are the same color or tone for dressing with intention. If you have a white collared shirt with a black trench coat, choose a black shoe or a black handbag as your sister item (as seen in first image below).
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Adding a statement necklace to style a white collared shirt can easily take a button-down shirt from plain to stylish. Tucking in the shirt with a belt and adding a pair of statement earrings can also give a white collared shirt a more polished look.
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