Sarah's Real Life
05. 18. 2013


It wasn’t long ago that I had a whopping ONE button-up shirt in my closet. Then this magical thing happened: I joined Pinterest. I started pinning outfits from the blogs I followed (this was before I had my own blog) and I realized that a lot of those outfits included – you guessed it – a button-up shirt. Or is it a button-down? I guess it depends on where you start the buttoning.

Since then my collection of buttoned, collared shirts has grown and I’ve played with lots of ways to wear them. If you’re like I used to be and think oxford shirts are plain and boring, I recommend looking for prints. I’ll link you to some options for your shopping enjoyment at the end of this post!

So without further ado, here are 7 ways I’ve worn my button-up shirts!


Layering an oxford under a sleeveless dress is great for in-between weather, and it’s like making a whole new dress! Boom: wardrobe multiplied.


There’s something about the juxtaposition of a tough leather jacket and a prim and proper button-up that I really like.


Try to find shirts that are a little long so you have room to tie the ends right at your waist. I love this option in the summer especially.


Oxford-under-sweater is probably the combination I’ve done the most. If you have a few button-ups and a few sweaters, you have endless combinations. Well, not exactly endless but I don’t feel like doing the math. Above are a couple examples with jeans and below are some office-appropriate options.


Let’s not forget that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear this classic shirt on its own. We don’t want it feeling insecure from always being covered up.


Besides leather jackets, you can also let your oxford peek out from under any jacket or blazer. At the risk of looking like a frat boy circa 2008, I’m in favor of a popped collar in this limited situation.

Want to add to your own oxford shirt collection? Check out the options below!

oxford shirts

Shop here: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

18 responses to “7 Ways to Wear a Button-Up/Oxford Shirt”

  1. Pau says:

    Love them all! You have a great eye for mixing prints and colors!

  2. Very nice post and selection of oxfords! xo

  3. Kimbercrafts says:

    I’ve been trying to add a few button up shirts to my wardrobe lately – this is great styling inspiration!

  4. AJ says:

    Great post! I have had button down shirts for a while, but I have been better lately about layering, which is SO fun!


  5. This is such a great post! I love the under a dress and sweater version. Such fabulous looks.


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  6. ashleigh says:

    I only have a few button ups but my favorite way to wear them is under a dress! It makes everything look so classic you know?

  7. Franziska says:

    I think a button up is for girls, but a button down is for boys? I thought that’s how that went…

    whatever it is, I like them best. well, second best to popovers, which are like the lazy cousin to button ups/downs.

  8. daria says:

    That’s interesting and huge pleasure looking at you)

    Thank you for sharing!


  9. carly says:

    What a great post:) You really created a cute roadmap for the button down.

    I found your link through IFB as we were both chosen for the May 30th roundup. I just started following you on twitter:)

  10. Niki Whittle says:

    Great post! Soooooooooooooooooo many ways to wear just one style of shirt!! I think it’s time to play around with mine a little more

  11. Great suggestions! I’m loving all of the pictures & styles you chose – I’m a big fan of the cute polka dotted shirt! <3

  12. akaleistar says:

    Love them all!

  13. Love your look!!! congrats on IFB!!!

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