Four Ways: A Classic Button Up Shirt

Feb 28, 2020

Nearly every woman I know owns a white, button-up shirt.  But sometimes, a piece that can be worn with anything, gets worn with nothing.  Here are some new outfits to inspire you to break out that reliable button-up shirt.

Shirt. Everlane Silky Cotton Relaxed Shirt

This Everlane silky cotton shirt is a wonderful option.  It’s moderately priced, well-made, and has a modern, relaxed style.  My favorite button-up shirt is the Banana Republic Riley-Fit shirt.  Plus-size?  Try this Modcloth top.

One. Mango Essential Cotton Blazer and Straight Trousers // Sam Edelman Leopard Flats // Belle & Bloom Satchel

This first outfit is not exactly what I wanted.  I was hoping to find a dark green suit or something in a fun color, but this navy was the best option.  If you wear suits often, Mango is a good place to go shopping.  I really liked the dusty rose color of this Mango suit, but sadly, it’s linen.  And no one who works a real job needs a wrinkly linen suit.

To jazz up the navy, I chose a ladylike black satchel and a leopard flat.  The leopard gives it a little something extra.  Prefer pumps?  These Taryn Rose pumps are on my wishlist.

Two. Iris & Ink Plum Sweater // Iris & Ink Genista Pleated Skirt // Selin Slingback Pump // Thacker Hexagon Leather Crossbody // Argento Vivo Link Earring

Spring is on its way, and the bright colors in this pretty outfit are perfect for warmer temperatures.  I adore the mix of colors in the skirt.  Paired with the jewel-tone sweater, it’s a wonderfully chic look.

Prefer a diffrent color palette?  Try this brightly colored Malene Birger skirt with a navy sweater.  Or try this fabulous, not-to-be-missed Oasis skirt with a green dot print with a white sweater.

I added this very cool buckle-accented slingback and a simple chain bag to the outfit.  I wanted to pull a color from the skirt for the shoes/bag, and the grey seemed like a softer choice than the black.  Add a chic earring, and you’re on your way.

Three. Anine Bing Leopard Blazer // Brielle Suede Slingback // Frieda Rothman Vermeil Hoops // Mako Raffia Leather Clutch

It’s always nice to choose something unexpected for a post, and this black and green leopard blazer certainly fits the bill.  This would be a great option for a not-too-fancy event where you want to really stand out.  If you’re looking for a less expensive option, this Rachel Zoe blazer and this Banana Republic blazer are worth a look.

For the shoes, I added these Ann Taylor Brielle pumps.  They are so comfortable.  And if you’re looking for a sleek, statement pump, these Ann Taylor shoes have a fantastic look to them.

I chose a sleek hoop earring, but if you want to go a bit bigger, these Baublebar Iberis earrings are fun.  Add a sleek envelope clutch and you have a great drinks or party look.

Four. H&M White Blazer // Iris & Ink Malena Leather Skirt // 8 by Yoox Pump // Staud Croc-Effect Shoulder Bag // Missoma Gold Initial Necklace

One last work outfit today, and this one adds a leather skirt for a hint of freshness.  Pair the white blouse with a white blazer, and this is a neutral, sophisticated look for a creative business office or a more relaxed professional office.

Inexpensive leather skirts are tough to find.  And if you do find one, they’re not usually well made.  The only decent ones that I have seen are this Dorothy Perkins skirt and this Express skirt.

How great are these shoes?  I love the braided detail across the front.  So chic.  Add the Staud structured bag and the look is complete.

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  1. Torey says:

    These four ways posts are consistently fantastic. I often want EVERY item featured. Thank you for what I know must be hours of work!!

  2. Karen says:

    Endorsement for the Dorothy Perkins faux leather skirt. I bought the last one you posted a couple of weeks ago and LOVE it. I haven’t had it very long, but already wore it a bunch of times and get compliments every single time.

  3. Jamie says:

    My absolute favorite, albeit once/twice a year opportunity, is collar up with a ball gown skirt.

  4. caitlin says:

    Stephanie @ A Millennial Adventure recently styled a dark green suit from Ann Taylor that I liked quite a lot! I think it’s part of AT’s usual suit separates. It’s pretty! I do also love your navy picks though.

    • Belle says:

      The green is sold out right now. It was on for fall last year. I hope they bring it back. I bought one, and it’s great.

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