As part of my clothing budget last month, I got a button up from J. Crew Factory. At first, I was thinking of getting the navy version, but then I saw the pink and changed my mind.
I knew it would be a versatile item in my closet, and here is an example of that: On the left, I went with a dressy look for work and layered the gingham under a sweater. On the right, I went casual and added my olive cargo jacket over it.
Shop the look:
Pink gingham: J. Crew Factory
Boots: Aldo (option)
Heels: DSW (similar)
Jeans: American Eagle
Skirt: Gap Outlet (similar)
Jacket: Loft via consignment store (option)
Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Necklace: Lia Sophia (retired)
In terms of button up shirts, I think there are three types that can be your foundation/staples. Each of these can remixed so many ways, from office to casual:
White button-up | chambray | gingham button-up
The key is finding a good fit. I like my tops to be fitted a little bit, but making sure the buttons don’t stretch across my chest is the trick. I’ve tried on countless button ups and get that gaping in the chest…not a good look!
What other button ups do you consider a staple?
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Both of these outfits are adorable! I really like the pink and cargo jacket combination!
Thanks Lauren- I love pink and olive..so great together! Navy/pink would be fun too!
Rachel G says
I feel like I have a hard time finding button ups that fit the way I want them too, but I’ve always loved the style! I really like the outfit with the jacket layered over top!
Agreed! It’s so tough but luckily JCF seems to work for me– I blame my broad shoulders lol! Thanks Rachel!
I love it layered under the sweater, too cute!
Thanks Heather! Layering is great- especially when the gingham print pops against a solid color!
Kelly K says
I think you should pick my clothes out for me :-)
Haha- I’ll be your “virtual” stylist :-) I love playing “dress up!”
Finding a good fit can always be tough! I wish there were stores that would just alter for you! Love both of these looks. What a great, versatile shirt!
AMEN! That would be SO great. Thanks Laura!
Bri Marie says
Definitely agree that these are three of the best button-ups – but I also couldn’t dress without my flannel plaid shirts – definitely a favorite :)
Oh flannel is a fun one too!
Oh wow I really love both of these looks! I think going with the pink gingham was a good choice. It adds a fun bit of color!
Thanks Inge! Yes, I am happy with the pink over the navy…glad I went with it!
I really like the pink version! Both looks are so cute!
Thanks Ginny :-)
Button downs have become such a staple for me as well. I love that the same style can make me feel totally polished and professional, but in a larger size, can make me feel casual and boho.
The gingham is a great addition, and you can’t go wrong with a nice chambray!
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Absolutely! They work for work and casual settings depending on how you style them! Thanks for reading, Jackie :-)
I love a gingham top. I love the ways you styled it.
Thanks Agi! It’s so much fun- I love how you remix yours too!
This is great! I have a pink gingham top that I always end up pairing with cobalt or another bright color! I need to try camel and olive! Thanks for sharing this inspiration with Manic Monday! Carylee | morepiecesofme.com
I’ll definitely have to check out how you styled yours for some additional inspiration!
I really like both outfits, but the first one with the camel sweater is DARLING. I absolutely adore it! I don’t have a gingham shirt, but I can definitely see how useful it would be!
Thanks Brynn! I love layering button ups because no matter how the shirt tugs or pulls, that awkward chest button gap can’t be seen! Such a great pattern to make outfits with!