It should come as no surprise that a white button down shirt is one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe — able to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and easily transitioning across all the different things you have to do in a week, whether it be dressing up for work, grabbing drinks with friends, heading to the beach or checking out the farmers market. But something that might surprise you is just how many different ways there are to wear a cotton button -down shirt, beyond simply putting it on and buttoning it up. An oversized style can be knotted, belted, buttoned and tied in more ways than I can count, making it the hardest working piece you own. Read on to see four of our favorite ways to wear it.

4 Ways to Wear a Button-Down Shirt

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white shirt as a skirt

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Did you know it’s possible to wear a large button down shirt as a skirt, without the help of scissors or any complicated techniques? It couldn’t be easier. A tip from us: Borrow one from the boys for this style!

shirt into skirt

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white shirt tied back to front

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Turn the concept of the classic white shirt on its head by wearing it backwards. By tying a sweet bow and wearing a minimalist bra, you can create the perfect street style look.

white shirt tied back to front

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Off-the-shoulder styles continue to be popular, which is great because it’s possible to create your own using a simple oversized white shirt! The perfect combination of elegance and fun.

off the shoulder shirt from a white shirt

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off the shoulder shirt from a white shirt

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Finally, after you’ve mastered the above ways to wear a white shirt, this slightly more complicated one shoulder style will up the ante, creating the perfect evening look. It will add drama to an existing white shirt without you having to cut, glue or sew. This style is best worn with a high-waisted shirt or trousers.

how to create a one shoulder shirt out of a white shirt

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how to create a one shoulder shirt out of a white shirt

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