I’m about to introduce you to the greatest thing that’s ever happened to your closet. The best part? You likely already own it. The button-down shirt is one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. I opt towards working with an oversized men’s version, but any variation should turn heads just as easily. 

1. The Classic

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We all know this, it's the bread and butter of the button-down. And yet, it often gets left in the dust. Here’s to remembering that there’s nothing wrong with rocking an ageless style.

2. Waist Tie

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This is not reserved for flannels only, okay?! The button-down has been overlooked as a go-to layering piece for far too long, that ends here and now. Don’t be afraid to reach for that button-down on a Sunday afternoon shopping trip.

3. Tied

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An alternative name for this is The Classic Part II. Another timeless look, it can even take your fit from day-to-night.

 

4. The Britney

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It's Britney bitch! Talk about day-to-night, this nod to the early ‘00s icon can give you that Britney edge on any given weeknight (or even weekend).

5. The Dress

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Pull your 3-sizes-too-large button-down out of the closet and throw that bad boy on, it’s your new best friend. This look won’t fail, wear it belted, with tights, with thigh-high boots, or just by itself.

6. Half-tucked

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Call Tan France and tell him the French tuck is dead, it's been replaced by the trendy half-tuck. Give your look some shape while remaining casual and without the shirt ballooning out too much.

7. Open

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Everybody and their aunt Linda loves a cardigan. Elevate that concept with an unbuttoned button-down, giving a little more form and sophistication to the casual “oh this old thing?” look. 

8. Off the Shoulder

 

Who said a button-down is all work and no play? Give your local Instagram influencer a run for their money and rock this saucy chic look.

9. The Skirt *FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY*

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Button-down to the rescue! This look can quite literally save your ass when you need it. Simply button the shirt up, leaving a few buttons at the top undone, tuck the collar into the skirt and tie the sleeves around your waist and BOOM! Emergency handled.

10. Backward

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Get that effortless European chic aesthetic with a simple change of direction. Wear your button-down backward and bask in the glory of a braless day.

10 ways to style a button-down

By Emma Cox