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What to Wear With an Oversized Button Down Shirt?

Oversize button-down shirts aren't just for the boys. Ladies can wear the trend, too, and look really chic while doing it. They key is learning how to style this menswear-inspired trend to best complement your look. Get it right, and you'll be sure to upgrade your wardrobe in a very fashionable way.


Make your oversize button-down more polished by layering it under a structured piece. Try yours under a tailored blazer, for instance. The juxtaposition of a tailored piece over a looser-fit item will make your look interesting. Layering a button-down under a sweater looks fashionable, too. Try rolling your sleeves over your sweater to make the look more relaxed. If you don't want to layer your shirt under something, wear it over a fitted tee or tank, instead.

Beach Babe

Make your look summery by wearing it to the beach. Try yours as a cover up, or pair it with shorts. Leave your shirt unbuttoned, and tie your top at the front to keep your look feminine while showing a little skin. Another fun, relaxed option is to do a half-tuck. Pick one side of your button down, and tuck it into your shorts. Leave the other half hanging free.

Play with Proportions

Balance out your oversize button-down by wearing it with a skinny-fit pant. Leggings are a simple and comfortably option. If you'd rather not do leggings, any skinny-fit pant will work, so whether you prefer slim-fit slacks or skinny jeans, either look will do. Make your look more dressy by finishing it off with a pair of heels.

Skirt the Issue

Dress up your button-down by tucking it into a skirt. This is also a clever way to make your dressier skirts more daytime friendly. If your button-down is less dressy, pairing it with a fancy skirt will make the skirt more casual. Finish off your look with a pair of flats, and you're all set. If you're looking to wear your button-down at night, a sparkly or beaded skirt paired with fancy heels will do the trick. A dressy belt also ups the glam factor.

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About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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