Once upon a time, there was a girl trying to dress a curvy frame.
The ratio between her bust and waist may have been enviable – but, to her, it was a pain to dress. Especially when it came to wardrobe staples, like the good ol’ white button down shirt.
Despite her love for this extremely versatile garment, she couldn’t seem to find one that didn’t need alterations. She longed for a form-fitting silhouette. But, mostly, button-downs just made her look boxy and 2 sizes bigger than she actually was.
So, in an act of exasperated rebellion, she swore to never again wear a button-down shirt.
It wasn’t that all blouses were out of the question – just the traditional, menswear-style ones that she thought didn’t work for her frame.
Okay, I confess! That was me.
And, I must also confess that defying this garment was partly about fit – but also rebellion against ubiquity.
See, the button-down shirt is listed on countless “must have” compilations of wardrobe staples. I mean, can one garment possibly be so perfect that it’s a must have for everyone?
In short, the answer is no. No garment is perfect for everyone, because we all have different lifestyles and personal tastes.
However, the beauty of a (well-fitting) button-down is in the versatility I mentioned before.
Of course, you can wear it with trousers and a blazer. That’s a no-brainer combo for conveying a professional (if, a bit bland) look. But you can also pair with … well, almost anything.
This is where you might expect a graphic showing how you can wear a button down shirt this way, or this way.
But, instead, I want you to look at your wardrobe and ask yourself how it works there. Because, when you rely too much on examples you see using others’ wardrobes, it’s possible that it might slow you down using your wardrobe. It’s easy to fool yourself into thinking you don’t yet have the “right” garments, which gives you a very convenient excuse to put it off.
So, here’s some homework: go to your own closet and make 3 different combinations with a button-down you have. How can you wear it with pants, a skirt or a dress? Can you wear it under something? How about over something?
See, it’s in that experimentation where you find inspiration. Go ahead, try it out. And keep an open mind.