Whenever I read articles or books that talk about closet essentials, a white button up blouse is mentioned. I always felt like it was more of a mature item that I didn’t really need in my closet, but a few weeks ago I finally picked this one up at Old Navy and I’ve been wearing it like crazy. It’s the perfect layering piece, goes with everything, can instantly dress up or add class to an outfit, and is flattering on everyone. So I’m joining the masses and saying that this is a piece you must have in your closet.

Today I want to show you a few ways to wear it. Since I’m sharing six ways total, I’m splitting it up into two posts, so check back on Thursday to see three more ways to wear it!

First up, business casual. I get reader requests often, asking me to do more work appropriate attire, so this one is for you. Layer the button up under a structured blazer and pair it with pointed toe pumps and a classic style bag. If you want it completely work appropriate, swap the jeans out for a pair of patterned pixie pants!

nordstrom bag, similar
Next up, Casual. The way to dress down a structured piece is by wearing something completely opposite, whether it be edgy, super casual, or very unstructured.  I went for edgy and casual with a baseball cap and converse sneakers, and then paired them with some fun leather pants to add a bit of edge. Another great option would be a flowy maxi skirt like this one, or super distressed denim. 
jcrew hat, similar
And lastly, wear it as a neutral. Or in other words, use it to tone down your crazy clothes. This skirt from Shabby Apple is super loud, colorful, and metallic — definitely not subtle or neutral. So I threw on that white button up to neutralize the outfit. Try pairing it with super bright tights in the fall and winter, or with patterned pants or shorts! 
Don’t forget to check back on Thursday to see my other three looks!


  1. Natali says:

    First outfit is absolutely fantastic but that last one took my breath away ๐Ÿ™‚ Skirt has the best pattern ever!


  2. Christina Storm says:

    Amazing styling! I love all three looks! A classic white button up is a must for fall! I would add a faux fur jacket + black skinnies + booties!
    The Style Storm

    <3, Christina

  3. Kimberly says:

    Such cute outfits – I could not live without my white button-down…it’s the perfect layering piece!


  4. Klara says:

    Great post and tips. My favorite of these is the second, casual, styling. I love the contrast with the black leather pants and the combination with converse. Cannot wait for the next post to see the remaining outfits! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 204park says:

    I can’t even pick a favourite look – the dressed up and leather leggings are SO cute! Love the tips! Xo, Sarah

  6. Amanda says:

    Do you recommend sheinside? I’ve been scouting it out for awhile but havent taken the plunge on anything yet. I wasn’t sure if their clothes/ company were trustworthy?

  7. Jasmin daily says:

    Love this post! I struggle when it comes to white button downs, I love them but feel like they only make sense in the office. This post really shows a great variety of ways to wear one, love it!


  8. Anna Baun says:

    The perfect post! I love how you styled all three looks. Perfection!


  9. Mindy says:

    “classic style bag” link listed in business casual links up to the leather pants.

  10. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    Awesome. I just bought a white button up from Old Navy last week, which makes this post golden for me! Can’t wait to see the rest of the looks on Thursday!


  11. You are absolutely adorable! I love all the ways you have styled it, I can’t even pick a favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your blog is so fun to follow along. Xo, Alison


  12. Cassie says:

    Your blog just keeps getting better and better! Love this! Also, what amazing lipstick are you wearing in these?

  13. Jessica says:

    I absolutely love your blog! Every post is just flawless! I need some of that to rub off on me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wonderful post as always.


  14. Nada Manley says:

    Love love love. Each of these looks is flawless!

  15. Marie B says:

    Well.. How do you manage to post some many outfits in such a short time ?
    I have to say I love most of them. I’d like to be able to tell you my fav’, but this is impossible. You’re lucky enough to be pretty in all of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Three Girls One Apple says:

    Bravoooo! All looks great =)

  17. White button-up is definitely a staple! I wear mine with all kinds of outfits: chic, casual, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚



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