Get Down with the Button-Down

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Get Down with the Button-Down

It’s finally autumn and that means crisp weather, warm scarves, and of course…OCR season.  How can you look great running between interviews and classes?  Your business professional button-downs are the answer.  They’re fall’s most versatile pieces and are surprisingly easy to style. Haven’t stocked up on button downs, yet? Grab one from your best guy friend’s closet. After you rock your interview, here’s how to wear your button-down the rest of the day.

Clockwise from top left: Black Leggings, $195 at Net-A-Porter, Denim Shirt, $59 at Urban Outfitters, Studded Boots, $350 at Urban Outfitters

Make it casual by scrunching up the sleeves and unbuttoning the front buttons to reveal a graphic tee or tank. The button-down is a great alternative to a denim jacket. If you really want to switch up the look, bring a pair of black leggings and edgy combat boots to change into after your info-session-hopping is over and done with.

Clockwise from top left:
Maxi Skirt, $44.90 at Chicwish. White Button Down, $9.74 at Polyvore. Black Wedges, $35 at Dorothy Perkins

For a more sophisticated post-OCR event look, pair your button-down with a sleek maxi skirt and pumps. Unbutton the last button on your shirt and create a knot with the fabric. Your skirt should hit right below the shirt so as not to reveal your stomach.

A unique, flirty way to style a button down is to turn it into a dress. Use any oversized button down to achieve this look. Throw on a chunky sweater over the makeshift dress on the cooler days. We recommend bringing a sweater regardless for back up if your shirt happens to malfunction throughout the day… For more details and to learn how to properly turn your button down into a dress, check out this simple video tutorial.

No matter your style, the button down is a perfect go-to piece that can translate through a variety of looks and occasions. By mixing up the shirt’s look in creative ways, the possibilities are endless.

– Lauren Witonsky, Guest Blogger

Photos courtesy of Net-A-PorterUrban OutfittersChicwishPolyvoreDorothy PerkinsCollegecandy

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