So. I know that many of you will never enjoy the wearing of button-front shirts no matter how I cajole and no matter how many alternatives and workarounds I offer. But JUST IN CASE you’re willing to give these shirts another try, or in case you’re in the button-front-loving minority, here are a few of my favorite ways to make these classic garments feel fresh and fun.
CUFF THE SLEEVES
At this point, I feel odd if I HAVEN’T cuffed my button-front’s sleeves. So sleeves worn long can feel awfully conservative to me, hearkening back to my office-working days. Also, I find 3/4 and cuffed sleeves to be more flattering since they draw the eye upward a bit toward my waist.
TIE AT THE WAIST
This became a summer favorite for me a few years back, and I enjoyed it well into fall. If a button-front shirt doesn’t fit quite right, or if an ensemble needs a little more waist-emphasizing than a standard shirt can offer, buttoning partially and tying is a great work-around. I don’t do this look with pants myself, but can make it work with skirts and adore it with dresses. (Video with tips on how to make this look work right here.)
TUCK THE COLLAR
This isn’t a trick that does much for the shirt itself, but it enables you to wear a long, drapey scarf with a button-front shirt. Which is well nigh impossible with a stiff shirt collar claiming all that valuable neck territory, am I right? I also use this workaround when I’m layering a cardigan over a button-front and the shirt’s collar is fighting with the cardigan’s.