3 Ways to Style a Button-down Dress

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Whenever I thrift, I always look for button-down dresses, especially colorful ones. You can style them several different ways, creating many looks from one dress.

I found this cute button-down dress by Alice Co while thrifting. The bright colors and chain design gave a lot of options in styling.

At only $11.50 it was a great price for such a versatile piece. Dresses that have a fuller skirt are the best style to use.

The first option is wearing it as is, a dress. I paired it with rockstud heels, a vintage hat, and a chain belt

The 2nd option is leaving the bottom half unbuttoned and adding a vest, I used a vintage double-breasted one, but any type of vest would work too. Adding a matching navy pencil skirt ties the colors together and creates a unique look. If the dress you are using is silky or too heavy to stay open, safety pin the sides to the waistband, the vest will cover the pins.

The 3rd option is to wear it like a duster/kimono. This dress has pockets which is great for this style. Pulling the orange and navy out of the dress, I used dark denim Tommy Hilfiger jeans and an Ann Taylor top. This makes a great office to evening outfit.

With such a colorful option, you could wear a lot of different color combinations for accessories.

Wearing the same color heel as the skirt and vest keeps the focus on the dress and does not compete with it.

Adding pops of orange with the top and, shoes brighten up the dark wash slim-fit jeans, which also pulls the navy color out of the dress.

While my dress was 2nd hand, Shein.com and Amazon carry a lot of beautiful button-down dresses if you would like to recreate this style for yourself. It's always good to think outside the fashion box to restyle what you may already have. You can give new life to an old dress by changing up accessories or what you wear with it.

Hope your day is a blessed one!


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