One Shirt Five Ways

If you’re looking to get the most mileage out of your wardrobe, you have to learn how to mix and match. Shop for separates and pieces to layer to create multiple looks with fewer pieces. This strategy is perfect for:


- creating a capsule wardrobe

- when on a tight budget

- limited closet space


I wanted to show how you can take one item and style it in different ways. I found a shirt at a thrift store. I think it cost me $6. It’s in perfect condition, seems barely worn, fits perfect, is made from soft, breathable, no-iron cotton, has a fun geometric print and bold color. It’s become one of my favorite wardrobe pieces. So let me show you how to style one shirt, five ways.

1. With a Neckerchief


Adding a scarf around the neck allows you to introduce more color and patterns. Don’t be afraid of print mixing if your shirt has a pattern. Keep it in the same color family, and it should work fine. Scarves instantly make a look more chic and styled look than just a shirt on its own.

2 With a Statement Necklace


A bold necklace is a fun choice to add a bit of flair to your top. Look for big flower designs, metal pieces or artistic designs. Craft markets or  Etsy online are great places to find artist-made, one-of-a-kind pieces that will add some personality and a conversation-starter to your look.

3 With a Sweater Vest


I love a good sweater vest. They are a great layering piece to add more interest to your outfit, and they will keep you warm when there’s a slight chill in the air from the air conditioning, when the sun goes down or between seasons. The classic sweater vest is a versatile addition to any wardrobe because you can throw it over anything – a button-down, a t-shirt or a dress.

4 With a Graphic Tee Over


If you’re like me, you have a few t-shirts with your favorite bands on them. When you want to add a little edge to your button-down, layer one over it and try belting it to give it some shape. This is a great casual look that will take your work outfit into the evening and weekend and lets people know what music you’re into.

5 With a T-shirt Under

A button-down can also work as a light jacket when put over a t-shirt. This is a practical look in the summer when you just want something on your arms to protect them from the sun or wind. It also gives you the opportunity to play with colors or print-mixing in your layers. Longer button-downs can also work as a tunic for a little coverage when you wear leggings. And if it gets too hot, you can always take off the button-down and tie it around your waist.


Now that you know how to style one shirt five ways, will you look at your button-downs differently? What other ways could you style them?


See more of my looks on my Stiletto City blog or Instagram page.

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