How many button up shirts do you have in your wardrobe? Me – too many to count. They are without a doubt my go-to choice when it comes to covering my top half. They can be dressed up, dressed down and anything in between; exude both a pulled together and casual air; and fit into almost any aesthetic no matter whether you like yours oversized and boho or slim and minimal. I picked 3 of my favorite BurdaStyle patterns and created a few fun outfits that are sure to inspire you to whip up a classic button up shirt for your own styling adventures.
I love classically preppy clothing. When I think of great New England prep style I always gravitate towards celluloid versions like Ali MacGraw in Goodbye Columbus and Love Story and (even though it’s highly depressing, it’s still a great picture of classic east coast prep) Ordinary People. Fitted blazers, chino pants and crisp oxford shirts that will stand the test of time. Add in trendy accessories to make the look fresh and youthful.
Pattern: Long Sleeve Blouse. Top by Malene Birger, jacket by Gryphon, bag by Proenza Schouler, booties by Prada, skirt from Acne, bracelets from PacSun, earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane.
Maybe a traditional button up shirt is just too stuffy for you. Try a slouchy, laid back take on this classic style by opting for an oversized version in lightweight linen or silk. The drape is perfectly offset by skinny pants and simple, flat boots. Throw on a sleek jacket and round out the look with bold jewelry like a large ring or loads of chain necklaces.
Pattern: Linen Overshirt. Top by Helmut Lang, boots from River Island, jacket by Marcus Lupfer, ring by Loree Rodkin, pants from Sandro, bag by Givenchy.
Fitted button up shirts are a staple of the office wardrobe, but who says they need to be boring? Take a simple white shirt and turn it up a notch with a funky cardigan or a bold shoe. By keeping the rest of your outfit simple and tailored, you can play around with pattern, color and texture in other areas like accessories and add-ons.
Pattern: Emily Shirt. Top by Steffen Schraut, cardigan by Sonia Rykiel, trousers from H&M, bag by Hermes, day planner by Mulberry, watch by Michael Kors, ballet flats by Reed Krakoff.
Check out a few of my favorite button up shirt projects from our talented BurdaStyle members:
What’s your favorite way to wear this classic closet staple? Any sewing or fitting tips for making your own?