5 Variations of a Button-Down that you’ve Got to Have

Button down shirts for women are great because they can be stylish and professional for work, and made casual and sexy for after work drinks at the bar with friends. This season we’re seeing a new take on button down shirts. We’ve gone beyond stripes, plaid, polka dots, and solid colors to shirts with more structure, more detail, and more feminine touches.

1. Bow Button Down Shirt

Nothing says feminine chic more than a big, structural bow.

H&M Button Down Shirt

H&M ($29.99)

2. Ruffles

Too many ruffles can be a little off-putting, but this Banana Republic shirt has just enough to give it a little extra dose of style.

Banana Republic Women's Blouse

Banana Republic ($95.00)

3. Puffed Sleeves

This button down is a little more risky, but it you pair it with a solid pencil skirt for work, you could make “weird” a lot more “chic.”

Banana Republic Women's Blouse

Banana Republic ($110.00)

4. Get Swept up in this wrapped button Down

This sexy wrapped button down is perfect for any age and any style. Dress it down with leggings or dress it up with a skirt. Either way, you’ll distinguish yourself from the million other button downs in the office.

Women's Blouse

Anthropologie ($325.00)

5. Bustier Blouse

This one piece blouse from H&M turns a regular white button down into a stylish and sassy top perfect for parties, dates, or special occasions.

H&M Women's Blouse

H&M ($34.99)

Check out H&M and Banana Republic for awesome new blouses and button up something more stylish for a change!



Outfit of the Day: Sophisticated Chic on the Streets of SF

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Today’s look features a button down top and pencil skirt from Mendocino.

Pencil skirts are great because they give you enough coverage to ensure you don’t show off your ass every time you sit down or stand up.  This pencil skirt however, is special because it has an added sexy touch…a slit in the front on the one side, making the skirt conservative on the right and all party on the left.


J. Molly

Give your Button-Down Shirt a Sexy Remodel

A button-down shirt can give you very different results depending on what you pair it with.  Sure you can be professional and classy in a white button-down at the office on a Thursday, but come Thursday night your button down has a few less buttons done up and your pinstriped pants are exchanged for an above-the-knee skirt.

Shirt: M for Mendocino, Skirt: Forever 21, Belt: Bebe, Tank top: Forever 21

Shirt: Costa Blanca, Skirt: Forever 21, Belt: Bebe, Tank top: Forever 21, Bracelet: Peoples Jewelers

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To accessorize, I’ve added very modest jewelry to the look. Gold and pink triangle earrings, a diamond bracelet that combines both yellow and white gold, and a couple silver rings for a final everyday touch.

Shoes: Calvin Klein from DSW

Shoes: Calvin Klein from DSW

Uncharacteristically of me, I slipped on a pair of flats that normally collect more dust in my closet than my childhood easy bake oven.  But hey, some days I vow to embrace my vertically-challenged stature.

Want to twist up your button-down shirt even more?  Here’s a Refinery 29 video that delivers a hot new scoop on playing with your button-down style:



J. Molly