2 Genius Ways to Wear a Men’s Button Down Shirt

It happens all too often. A stylish woman walks by in a sick outfit—the perfect mix of classic and cool, with a splash of DGAF—and you’re left wondering how’d she do it? How did she put together this envy-inducing look and how can I do the same? In How Do I Wear That, a new series from ELLE.com, Celia L. Smith, fashion curator of needle+thræd, answers that question. Each week, watch as Smith takes one piece and shows us two different ways to rock it. Today, on location at Moda Operandi in New York, we tackle a men’s button down shirt. 

Start, of course, with a men’s button down shirt.

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Wrap the neckline around the waist and button where the first set of buttons meet. Shimmy around to your thigh to create a side split. 

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Tie the sleeves around the front of your waist then fold and smooth down the collar around your waistline. 

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Add a ribbon to your top and you’re first look is finished. 

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Outfit 2:

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Turn your men’s button down around and pull it up to over your chest

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Tie the sleeves around your back. 

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Now you’ve created a strapless dress! 

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Add your man’s tie and now you’ve completed your office-appropriate look.

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Check out episode one of How Do I Wear That for more styling ideas.