Work shirts: we all have them, but how cool do you look in yours when you’re off duty? (Save answering that for after you read this.) With a little inspiration, you will see that a button-down shirt can be one of the most versatile pieces you own! Plus, a summer-friendly sleeveless shirt can give you the same effect, while keeping you a little cooler. Read on for fourteen ways to breathe some new life into your work shirt this summer and, of course, shop our picks for the best ones!
1. Pussybow Blouse + Sheer Maxi + Sneakers
Take a fashion risk by pairing an otherwise dressy outfit with crisp white sneakers—we bet it will pay off.
2. White Shirt + All Black
Let your white collar be the star of the show by wearing it with all black from head to toe!
3. Tweed Jacket + Mini Skirt + Ladylike Accessories
Try an ultra-feminine look by wearing your shirt with a tweed jacket and mini skirt, and style with ladylike accessories, such as a pastel pink bag and pumps.
4. Blazer + Blue Jeans + Sneakers
Wear your button-town shirt with a blazer, blue jeans, and sneakers for a business-meets-casual look.
5. Sleeves Rolled Up + Oversized Vest + Mini Skirt
Play with proportions and wear your shirt with a vest that grazes the hemline of your mini skirt.
6. Denim on Denim + Pointy Flats
Compliment your denim duo perfectly with a crisp white shirt, and then tie the look together with structured flats.
7. Extra Long Shirt + Leather Leggings + Colorful Bag
Wear your longest button-down shirt over a pair of leather (or leather-like) leggings and top it off with a colorful bag. Extra points if the shirt is printed!
8. Off-The-Shoulder Shirt + Pencil Skirt + Mules
A little unbuttoning can go a long way when it comes to a work shirt. Try yours off one shoulder, tucked into your favorite pencil skirt.
9. Buttoned Up Shirt + Strapless Dress + Moto Jacket
For a street style-inspired look, button your shirt up all the way and wear it under a strapless dress. Don’t forget the moto jacket!
10. Overalls + Printed Pumps + Moto Jacket
Give your slouchy overalls a polished look by pairing them with printed pumps, a buttoned-up shirt, and a moto jacket.
11. Untucked White Shirt + Navy Blazer + Cream Trousers
By simply leaving your shirt untucked, you can make an otherwise-preppy look seem laidback and weekend appropriate.
12. Lace Shirt + Pencil Skirt + Statement Necklace
Wear your lace shirt over a pencil skirt (not tucked in) and add a statement necklace, for a put-together look that’s a little bit edgy too.
13. Baggy-Fitting Shirt + Printed Midi Skirt
Choose a colored shirt and pair it with a printed skirt for a well-balanced ensemble.
14. Metallic Shorts and Sunglasses + Printed Jacket + Black Belt
This must-copy look is made extra cool by the fact that the belt goes around the jacket. Go for a skinny black belt, and try to keep your look down to two colors when choosing everything else but the white shirt.
Now that you’ve seen what you can do with one, keep reading to shop our picks of perfect button-down shirts!
Asos Sleeveless Blouse With Drop Pussybow and Pintuck ($42) in Ivory
A pussybow blouse is an easy way to dress up any outfit.
Burberry Prorsum Linen Shirt ($585)
This bright linen shirt is perfect for summer.
Acne Studios Sleeveless Collared Button-Down Blouse ($220) in White
Play with silhouettes by pairing this oversized shirt with a cropped moto jacket.
H&M Cotton Shirt ($30) in Blue/Striped
Try a borrowed-from-the-boys-look and pair this with a blazer and trousers—don’t forget the pumps to tie it all together!
Club Monaco Diana Shirt ($130) in Pale Pink With White
A lace bra is perfect for wearing under this sheer top.
Equipment Signature Washed Silk Shirt ($210) in Black
Warning: Equipment shirts can be highly addictive!
Daisy Street Sleeveless Shirt in Stripe ($48) in French Navy
Swap out your usual striped shirt for this summer-ready version.
Each X Other Cotton Voile Shirt ($236)
Wear this dressy shirt with denim-on-denim for cool contrast.
Diane von Furstenberg Lorelei Two Lace Blouse ($298) in Black
Achieve a dramatic look by pairing this lace top with a printed skirt and statement necklace.
Mango Crepe Shirt ($55) in Off-White
This simple white shirt is ideal for layering.
Etro Button-Down Deco Dot & Floral Tunic ($885) in Blue Gold
Wear this withan all-white outfit and let the beautiful Etro print be the star of your look.
Madewell Oversized Button-Down Shirt ($75) in White
Wear this oversized style with leather leggings and a light sweater around your waist, acting as a belt.
Acne Studios Sleeveless Collared Button-Down Blouse ($220)
Daisy Street Sleeveless Shirt in Stripe ($48)
Diane von Furstenberg Lorelei Two Lace Blouse ($298)
Etro Button-Down Deco Dot & Floral Tunic ($885)