When it comes to the button-down shirt, we like to think of ourselves as being on an endless quest for fresh ways to style it. Whether it’s wearing it tugged down on your shoulders like Leandra Medine, tied in a knot on one side à la Pernille Teisbaek, or even underneath (and poking out the bottom of) a miniskirt—suffice it say, we’ve seen it all. Almost.
Recently, we spotted a small handful of stylish images of women wearing their shirts with only the top button buttoned, leaving the rest of the shirt to form a slight opening to whatever was worn beneath. Genius! Not only is this tip great for the remainder of summer’s warmest months (hello, lacy bralette), but it also works as a smart layering trick for autumn. Stick a graphic tee or lightweight sweater underneath, and you’ve got a dynamic outfit ready and waiting. See below to check out our inspiration images, and shop a few of our favourite shirts to get the trend going for autumn.
Style Notes: Come chillier temperatures, try this look with a roll-neck and sweater worn underneath. Finish it off with blue jeans.
Style Notes: Feeling adventurous? Us too, especially after this über-cool inspiration from Annina Mislin.
Style Notes: Try it out with a sturdy chambray shirt or denim jacket.
Style Notes: In case you were wondering how to show off your cute lace bra in public.
Style Notes: This styling trick works wonders with a midi skirt.
Style Notes: Layer a white tee underneath and style with jeans and Dr. Martens.
Okay, now that you have a few ideas, shop our favourite shirts right now to try the trend out yourself.
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