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How to Style a Button Up for Work // 1 Shirt, 10+ Ways

September 26, 2018

By:

Erin Schrader

1 Button Up, 10+ Ways

One of the most frustrating things is when there is a clothing item that I can only think to style one way. In fact, nine times out of ten, I won’t buy it if that’s the case. I’m all about making sure I can get plenty of use out of that one piece. Bonus points if it can be worn in multiple seasons, and double bonus points if it can be styled over ten ways. [Triple bonus points if it’s on sale, and quadruple bonus points if Shawn isn’t home when the UPS man arrives with it.]

I’m always trying to think outside the box for new ways that I can style existing pieces in my closet. A common piece in a working woman’s wardrobe is a button up shirt. If there was ever a question about whether or not this could be a versatile item, we’re crushing any of those concerns today.

So, today we’re taking one, classic, white button up shirt, and styling it over ten ways for work. Board meetings, Tuesday client calls, or casual Fridays- a button up shirt can easily work for all of the above. If deciding what to wear for work was giving you a problem before, hopefully you’ve got a few of these items in your closet and you’ll come away with some new ideas on ways to style them!

For those of you that are looking for a new button-up to add to your wardrobe, or maybe a new sweater or vest to layer with, Macy’s Fall Fashion Event & Fall Home Sale is running now through September 30th. Many items are 20% off with code FALL, which makes it the perfect time to stock up on basic pieces that can be worn multiple ways. Plus, Macy’s has free shipping on orders $99 or more, or free shipping on EVERY order as long as you add a beauty item!

Without further ado, let’s take a look at all the ways we can give a button up new life in the office, with items you probably already have in your closet. I present to you over ten ways to style a button up shirt for work!

1. Button Up + Black Pant

Alfani Slim Pants, Created for Macy’s  [wearing size 2] / Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote // Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

2. Button Up + Black Pant + Blazer

Nine West Two-Button Stretch Blazer [wearing size 2] // Alfani Slim Pants, Created for Macy’s  [wearing size 2] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] //  Nine West Gaya Tote //Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

3. Button Up + Black Pants + Cardigan

I.N.C. Draped Cardigan, Created for Macy’s [wearing size XS] // Alfani Slim Pants, Created for Macy’s  [wearing size 2] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote // Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

4. Button Up + Black Pants + Long Vest

DKNY Ruffled-Back Long Vest [wearing size 2] // Alfani Slim Pants, Created for Macy’s  [wearing size 2] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] //  Nine West Gaya Tote // Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

5. Button Up + A-Line Skirt

Calvin Klein Pleated A-Line Skirt [wearing size 2] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote  //Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

6. Button Up + Dress

Tommy Hilfiger Basketweave-Knit Sheath Dress  [wearing size 2] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote  // Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

7. Tied Button Up + Pencil Skirt

Thalia Sodi Scuba Pencil Skirt, Created for Macy’s [wearing size Small] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote  //Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

8. Button Up + Patterned Pant

Alfani Printed Skinny Pants, Created for Macy’s [wearing size 2] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote  //Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

9. Button Up + Jeans

Jessica Simpson Kiss Me Super-Skinny Jeans  [wearing size 26S in Ditto] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Calvin Klein Women’s Georgene Booties Women’s Shoes // Lauren Ralph Lauren Dryden Marcy Tote

10. Button Up + Jeans + Cami + Vest

Anne Klein Malibu Cardigan Vest [wearing size XS] // Jessica Simpson Kiss Me Super-Skinny Jeans  [wearing size 26S in Ditto] // 1.state Lace-Trim Camisole [wearing size XS] //  Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote  //Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

11. Button Up + Jeans + Sweater

Jm Collection Studded-Cuff Sweater, Created for Macy’s [wearing size XS] //Jessica Simpson Kiss Me Super-Skinny Jeans  [wearing size 26S in Ditto] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Ugg Women’s Milana Unlined Loafers // Lauren Ralph Lauren Dryden Marcy Tote

12. Button Up + Paper Bag Pants

Rachel Rachel Roy Paper Bag Tapered Trousers, Created for Macy’s [wearing size 2] // Calvin Klein Cotton Shirt [wearing size 4] // Nine West Gaya Tote  //Alfani Women’s Step ‘N Flex Jeules Pumps, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes

If deciding what to wear for work was giving you a problem before, hopefully you’ve got a few of these items in your closet and some new ideas on ways to style them!

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Disclosure: Thank you to Macy’s and ShopStyle for sponsoring today’s post.

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  1. Adorable! I especially love how you styled it under a sweater and with those Alfani pants. So incredibly cute! I’m trying to challenge myself to not buy something I can only wear one way, with one other thing, so I love this. Also, I absolutely try to book it home before my husband to intercept the UPS man, hehe. Thanks, Erin!

  2. Amanda says:

    Just order 5 of these products!! My closet (and myself) thanks you! 🙂

  3. Nikki says:

    What color are you wearing in the sweater? Looks more orange in your picture, but I can’t find a similar color on Macy’s website. Love the long vest. FYI, several of your first button-up links are going to the vest.

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