DIY Button-Down Overhaul!


You cannot even imagine this has happened! The ever-so-versatile button down shirt underwent some major overhaul this SS16. Forget just putting it on and buttoning it up. Brace yourself to witness the classic deconstruction of this must-have fashion staple! Whether you want to add a fresh punch of polish or a crisp jab of Goldman Sachs banker-boy authority, button down’s classic look helps you attain it.

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Even when you are stuck in a style rut, it’s easy to pull one of these starchy suckers and immediately transform a look from sloppy to chic! But somewhere between the neat look and the crease-free stiffness, the go-to style can easily totter becoming a bit, well, humdrum. Like every style, the humble button down shirt too deserves some out-of-character fun once in a while.

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This SS16, this wardrobe essential underwent an interesting makeover with the up-and-coming label Monse, who gave the staple a dash of evening elegance, or Altuzarra, where a thigh-skimming skirt slit was actually the button front of a shirt. Joseph also introduced a new-wave shirting riff, in the form of a strapless dress with cuts of fabric gathered at the bust, and at Zac Posen, where the shirt was made to coyly expose one shoulder.

Guess what it’s not just on the catwalks where the 9-to-5 staple has been taken for a new-and-improved go; fashionistas around the globe are already wearing their button downs in any manner of remixed forms, ranging from skirts to strapless! Here’s a simplified guide on how to make this shirting trend your own.

Wear it like an off-the-shoulder top
Unbutton the first four buttons of the shirt, slide it off your shoulder and pop the collar to wear it like an off-the-shoulder top. (Inspiration taken from Zac Posen Spring 2016)


Wear it like a high slit skirt
After unbuttoning the shirt, slide it down to let it sit at your waist. Shift the shirt in a manner that the buttons are placed at the side. Create a slit by unbuttoning from the bottom and complete the look by tying the shirt sleeves around your waist. (Inspiration taken from Altuzarra Spring 2016)

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Wear it backwards
Try wearing your button down backwards by pinning one or two buttons and leave rest of the garment to flaunt the cool open back detail! Or you could also leave all the buttons open while tying the end of the shirt together into a knot and wear it like a backless top.


Like a Strapless Top
Take off the sleeves of the shirt, completely without unbuttoning. Tie both the sleeves at the front and you are done! (Inspiration taken from Joseph Spring 2016)

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The One-Shoulder Blouse
Undo three or four buttons and take off the sleeves of the shirt completely. Bring one sleeve to the front and other one at the back over your shoulder. Tie both sleeves to the front forming a knot. (Inspiration taken from Monse Spring 2016)

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Which ones your fav?


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