When to Tuck, When to Tie: The Ultimate Button-Down Shirt Guide

Classic and versatile, a button-down shirt is a necessity in every woman’s closet that will dress up your looks from casual to office looks. If you’ve ever owned a button-down shirt, you must be looking for a polished and chic style so rare is the occasion when you’d want to let them hang free. Since most of the time you’ll want to tuck the ends in, or tie them up, keep on reading for our style guidelines to give you the best option in styling your button-down shirt.

  1. If you’re wearing a button-down over a dress, you should tie.

cropped chambray shirt with dress

knotted crop shirt with dress

Summer is a great time to show your creativity on the outfits you’re wearing, and wearing a button-down shirt over a dress can make your looks breezy and chic. Like fashion blogger Sydne Summer, opt for a chambray shirt and crop it to look chic with your breezy dress. Or, dress like a creative director by wearing your shirt with a dress in a one-shoulder style.

  1. If you’re aiming for a retro vibe, you should tie.

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If you’re a fan of retro floral dresses, flared jeans, polka dots shirt, and full skirts, think of tying your button-down to create a retro vibe on your summer looks. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, opt for a cropped shirt teamed with a pair of flared jeans and trench coat that will look a bit retro at the same time 70s-inspired.

  1. When you’re aiming for a modern style, tuck your shirt with high waist bottoms.

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High waist bottoms can look retro inspired when you wear them with cropped button-down shirts, but if you wish fir a modern style, tuck your shirt instead. High-waist skirts or jeans meant to highlight your waistline and elongate your legs, so tucking your button-down shirt will keep everything sleek and modern.

  1. When wearing your button-down shirt in the office, you should tuck.

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Your workplace is a professional environment that calls for a polished and sleek look, so you should always tuck your button-down shirts. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, keep your office style breezy and chic by teaming your button down shirt with a high-waist skirt and a pair of classic shoes.

  1. When wearing your button-down shirt with structured bottoms, you should tuck.

button down blouse with structured skirt tropical print skirt with button down shirt

Structured bottoms are great for giving enough polish to your slouchy and loose tops, as well as a classic button-down shirt. Like street style star Christine Centenera, tuck your button-down blouse with a structured skirt that will look perfect with a pair of peep-toe boots.

  1. When you’re wearing a pair of low-rise shorts and jeans and it’s not summer, you should tuck.

tartan shirt with button down shirt low rise denim shorts with button down shirt jeans with button down shirt

Low-rise jeans and shorts will show too much of your midriff when worn with cropped tops, so you better wear your button-down shirt tucked with your denim bottoms. Like fashion blogger Katerina Kraynova, channel some rocker-chic style by tucking your tartan print button-down with a pair of denim jeans that will create a polished statement for you.

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