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If there’s one piece I think every single person needs, no matter what your personal style, it’s a crisp white button down. I find myself pulling mine out of the closet more and more (that is, as long as I have a chance to iron it!) You can style them in countless ways and they always tend to elevate a look and make it feel a little more dressed up than a t shirt would.
Shirt: Gap ($20; similar here) | Cardigan: Thrifted ($3.50; similar here) | Jeans: Forever 21 ($8; exact) | Sneakers: Target ($15; exact) | Necklace: BaubleBar ($25; exact but looks like they’re sold out in rose gold) | Photos by Chelsea Francis – she’s wonderful and get excited for more photos from her in the next few weeks!
Before we get into the beauty of the white button down, let’s talk about my jeans for a second. A few weeks ago I ripped through my favorite pair of black jeans (RIP and also thank goodness I was home alone and not out and about when it happened). I really want to invest in a great pair of black skinnies but I haven’t quite found the right pair yet, so for now these $8 jeans from Forever 21 will have to do. The fit is pretty decent (although not quite as skinny around the ankles as I’d like for them to be) but hey….they’re $8. And that’s regular price. One other thing about these jeans….they smell super weird until you’ve washed them like five times. It’s not just this one pair, I have these jeans in grey from a few months ago and the same thing happened to me then too. Those were from the store, the black ones were purchased online.
Is it unfortunate? Very. Did I deal with it because they’re jeans that fit and they’re $8? You betcha.
If you’ve got a great black jean recommendation, send them my way! I really want some distressed black skinnies too but I can’t bear the thought of buying expensive distressed jeans. I think I’ll just rip up these bad boys once I get my “investment jeans.”
You might have seen this cardigan when it was first introduced to the world in my thrift store haul video. (If you haven’t seen the video, you can check it out here.) I LOVE this cardigan but it’s not quite as long as I would like it to be so every time I wore it with a t shirt underneath I felt really frumpy. I decided to pull out the ol’ crisp white button down and…of course it did the trick! Also, if we’re being totally honest here, I love the fact that I only had to iron the front of this shirt since I knew the back and sleeves would be covered by the sweater. Fair warning though! If you follow suit and only iron the front, you’re bound to get super hot and be unable to remove the sweater. Still worth it, in my opinion.
The button down+sweater combo needed a liiiiiiittle something more, so I added this rose gold bib necklace and it totally did the trick. I love putting a statement necklace of any kind under a button down shirt, definitely one of my favorite combinations.
Need another way to style your crisp white button down? Here are three awesome outfit ideas for you that you can easily recreate using stuff you already have in your closet! Remember you don’t have to REPLICATE the outfits, just use them as inspiration to mix and match what you have!
What’s your favorite way to wear a button down? Comment below!
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