Guest Post: 5 Feminine Ways to Style a Men’s Dress Shirt

21 Jun

Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a great guest post for you for fashion Friday. Have a great weekend!

Menswear is in and out of style more often than the platform shoe, but whether brogues are fashion forward or a fashion faux pas this season, the men’s dress shirt remains a style staple in any fashion conscious girl’s wardrobe.

Dressed up, dressed down, or just worn to slouch around the house, the classic men’s dress shirt is hard to beat when it comes to versatility. But for those wondering how to wear a shirt and make a big style statement, here are five distinct looks to inspire and impress.

Style Guide

1. Masculine Meets Feminine

Who said a men’s shirt had to be plain? This retro floral print is to die for, and teamed with high-rise tailored linen shorts, the right skinny belt, a luxurious leather tote, and this season’s gorgeous Marc Jacob’s leather and wood clog sandals this shirt hits all the right notes for a summer in the city. Add a pair of retro shades and a laid-back up do, and you’ll be set in style.

2. Mixed Fabrics

We’ve got daytime covered – but how do you work that shirt past 8pm? Well, you could always vamp it up with a touch of leather, some killer heels and a seductive studded clutch. The pleated waist of these Theory Ettie shorts can be hard to pull off, but balanced by the modest shirt, even a leather mini can stay on the right side of sophisticated. The brightly colored heels add a pop of color—all you need to do is find the right fuchsia lipstick for your skin tone and you’ll be ready to head out for a night of fun.

3. Elegant Prep

Emphasize the masculinity of your dress shirt by pairing it with an ultra-sleek blazer and cropped jeans. Add a sense of elegance with pops of gold throughout your ensemble, including gold buttons on the blazer, a simple gold bracelet, and a gold chained clutch. Top it all off with classic, luxurious loafers for a timeless prep look—perfect for a day at the office or a relaxed weekend.

4. Office Chic

This classic Italian cotton shirt comes to life with the addition of a simple ribbon tie. Always a hit in the office with its crisp lines and fresh feel, a menswear inspired shirt looks fabulous tucked into a high waisted A-line skirt that sits just above the knee. Wear it with pointed white courts to keep it current, and finish with a colorblock satchel to tie the look together. Polished and professional with just the right touch of personality.

5. Relaxed Casual

This shorts and shirt combo brings a ‘borrowed from the boys’ look to preppy beachwear chic. Take a lightweight ramie or linen shirt in a pastel shade, layer it with a fine knit sweater draped effortlessly across the shoulders, and show off your tan with flattering cotton shorts and gladiator sandals to get that ‘just left the Hampton’s’ vibe. Some tousled locks, a touch of bronzer, and your subtle yet sexy summer look is complete.

So that’s it – five ways to carry off a men’s shirt with confidence. Raid your boyfriend’s wardrobe and take to the streets, ladies. And do it with your head held high!

Leann Farmer is a social media and customer experience manager at BlueCotton, a custom t-shirt design company. When not thinking up memorable and witty sayings to print on apparel, you can find her pinning away on Pinterest and thinking about creative uses for all the old t-shirts she’s accumulated.

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