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Yes, the classic white button down deserves to be a staple in every closet, but I want to make a case for her less famous sister, the blue dress shirt. A light blue is less prim, formal enough for the office, and I would argue that it's even more versatile.
My shirt is from Everlane. Here are three ways to style it.
Look 1: Girly
Tie it up, cuff the shirtsleeves, and pair it with a long skirt.
Look 2: Preppy Chic
I love a good fall blazer. This houndstooth J. Crew one has been going strong for three years now. I don't shop at J. Crew anymore because I prefer more ethical options, but I will say their blazers are well made and will last a long time. This particular style is sold out. UPDATE: I heard J. Crew is starting to go fair trade.
If I had to recommend quality, ethically-made blazers now, I'd point you to Canadian label SMYTHE. The silhouettes are flattering, the tailoring is absolutely on point, and they are made in Canada.
Look 3: Trendy
For days you don't want to look too fussy. My mom gave me her old leather skirt from the '90s. It's hard to find a new leather skirt these days without dropping at least a grand, so vintage is the way to go. Thanks, Mom!
Do you have tips on how to style a blue dress shirt? Let us know in the comments below.