The question of how to style a white button-up shirt has often been answered with “a pencil skirt” or “a pair of trousers.” But the shirt that’s usually reserved for interviews and board meetings is getting a casual-cool makeover this summer. Perhaps you’ve seen some of your favorite designers or style stars layering them over cheeky bikinis or mini dresses. It seems the garment has been repurposed from polished office wear to a goes-with-everything cardigan. A boxy, long-sleeve button-up will keep you covered, especially when you’re indoors and the air conditioning is blasting, while a lightweight linen blend won’t feel too heavy during warmer months.
One of the most coveted button-up blouses is The Row’s oversized number, which Kendall Jenner stepped out wearing recently. Instead of fastening each button, she left the shirt completely open and layered it over a classic T-shirt. Jenner isn’t the only one showing us how to style a white button-up as outerwear during warmer months. Jessica Alba, Lori Harvey, and Irina Shayk have all also demonstrated refreshing ways to wear the trending top over a bralette, mini dresses, and bodysuits. If you’re thinking about giving your (or your boyfriend’s) polished shirt a modern twist this summer, take a look below.
The Chic Stroll Outfit
Get the most out of mini party dresses by pairing them with a daytime-appropriate button-up, like Irina Shayk.
The Casual Friday Outfit
If you work in a laid-back office, follow Jessica Alba’s lead and ease into professional dressing with an unbuttoned blouse paired with a t-shirt.
The Dinner on the Beach Outfit
Easily go from the shores to dinner, by pairing an open button-up over your swimsuit, similar to the way Lori Harvey layered her Naked Wardrobe bralette.
The Easy Office Outfit
Return to the office looking effortlessly sharp with a crisp, oversized blouse paired with loose trousers just like Kendall Jenner.
The Travel-Ready Outfit
Before take off, ensure your outfit is layered to perfection with a polished topper, similar to Akech’s.