3 Ways to Style a Blue Dress Shirt

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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.

Wear a blue dress shirt from Everlane in 3 completely different outfits: girly, preppy chic, and trendy.Pin

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.


SkirtReformation Perry Skirt Verano Print

Espadrilles — Castañer

Purse — Rachel Comey Baan Bag from SS/16

Shirt — Everlane

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.


Blazer — old J. Crew, sold out

White Jeans — J Brand 

Heels – Sydney Brown 

Shirt — Everlane

Bag —  Gucci Dionysus Medium in Navy (Update: I've since sold this bag.)

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!


Leather skirt — Vintage

Bucket BagHome made by me 

SandalsBy Far Scandi Sandals 

Shirt — Everlane

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