7 Ways to Style Your Button-Down Tops This Summer

Button-down tops may be one of the most preferred pieces on layering in the cold months, but it can also be stylish and functional when the weather warms up. Since this staple can be weaved into a variety of looks from day to night, keep on reading for our 7 ways to style them to make your summer style breezy and chic.

  1. Wear it as a crop top by knotting the loose ends of your shirt.

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If you’re not a fan of midriff-baring tops, wear the cropped look with your typical button-down shirts that can be adjusted to your own preference. Achieve the cropped length by leaving the two buttons undone, then gently tie the two ends together. Like fashion blogger Sydne Summer, you may think of wearing them on top of your dress that will give you enough cover from the sun while keeping you breezy and fresh. You may also dress up your casual bottoms with a flirty, front-tied top, as well as high waist shorts, mermaid skirts, and culottes.

  1. Creatively show some skin by unbuttoning your shirt.

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Unbuttoning your shirt to create plunging necklines may be fashionable and sexy, but you may also start on the bottom part upwards to create some unconventional yet stylish look. Going for stylish bandeaus and bralettes may also look sexy as you let them peek through from your scooped necklines.

  1. Do the half-tuck for a trendy look.

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Instead of tucking those both ends of your shirt, try tucking in the one side and letting the other side hang loose which will give you some laid back and effortless vibe. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, think of a striped shirt that will give some nautical-inspired theme to your overall style while keeping it trendy. This style will work best with tulip skirts, asymmetrical skirts, architectural bottoms, jeans, shorts, and skirts.

  1. Adorn your collars with a slim scarf, necklace, or brooches.

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If you feel a button-down looks so boring and plain, spice it up with a bib necklace worn beneath your collars, or brooches as well. For a classy and trendy vibe, resort to slim scarves that will be weather appropriate compared to wide neck scarves and bandanas. Going for colorful jewels are also ideal to add some life to your classic outfit, as well as metallic gold that will give some luxurious vibe to your outfit.

  1. Team your button-downs with summer-inspired bottoms.

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Button-down shirts can look more summer-ready when worn with breezy bottoms like lace shorts, crochet pants, striped shorts, fringe skirts, and wide-leg pants. Like fashion blogger Sydne Summer, think of adding some carefree vibe to your summer looks by teaming your shirts with a fringed skirt and a pair of lace-up sandals.

  1. Top your shirt with a chic lightweight blazer.

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If you’re seeking for a dose of sleekness and sophistication, think of topping your shirts with lightweight blazers appropriate for the warm-season. Like fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur, opt for light colored blazers that feel more comfortable over dark ones. This way, you’ll keep your summer looks chic at the same time comfortable.

  1. Wear your shirt as a dress for an effortlessly cool look.

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Since summer is all about lightweight fabrics and light colors, think of wearing your button-down shirt just like a dress for a trendy and functional look perfect for the scorching temperatures. Like fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, simply team your shirt with a pair of strappy sandals that will make your outfit summer-ready. Indeed, button-down tops are a must-have that you can wear regardless of the season.

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