Wednesday, July 31, 2013

White, Sleeveless Button-Down Shirt - 7 Different Ways.

Today, I am doing something I have never done before. I took one item of clothing and styled it several ways - 7 ways to be exact. When one of my Favorite Bloggers Heather first told me about this challenge that Stylish, Put-Together Audrey put out there for all her readers & bloggers to do, I was excited & happy to participate. For the past 5 weeks Fellow Mom Agi and myself put together a Series called "Mom's Must Have Summer Items" seen here. We chose a few must-have Summer items like a Plain White Tee, Shorts + a Maxi Dress and showed different ways to wear them. I decided to show a Day look & an Evening Look. It was fun coming up with those but today I have a lot more looks I came up with One Single White, Button-Down Top. I really pushed the Fashion Limits on this one and it was time-consuming too though very much Fun.

I chose a Sleeveless, White Button-Down Shirt which to me should be a Staple in a Woman's Closet. Besides having a White Button-Down with Sleeves, especially for Summertime - a Sleeveless one is good to have also. It can transition into every season and would be great to layer with, at an air-conditioned office or for colder months. Because it is sleeveless, it won't make layering too bulky either & it won't keep you too hot when you have a Cardigan or another layer on top. I like that I chose this White Top because the buttons are hidden inside the front tab.


As you can see, I managed to wear this Shirt in 7 different ways that can go from Casual to Going Out, from Lunch to Work. I tried Shorts, Pencil Skirts, White Jeans, Crops & a Full Skirt with it. I notice that I wore Neutral-Colored Shoes with each Outfit (that was not done on purpose) but Neutral does indeed go with anything. At this point I even consider Leopard - a Neutral, a Basic. To see the collages bigger, just click on the pictures. And now, let's see each outfit in detail. =)

Dressing Up Girly Shorts (A Summer Outfit).

In the first Outfit I wore this White Shirt with Cute, Girly, Floral, Cobalt+White Shorts. I dressed up these Shorts with Nude, Butterfly Wedges, Cobalt+White Bangles & a White Daisy, Statement Necklace that I recently purchased. I kept my hair down. Between the length of the Shorts, the Silky Bow Belt, the Statement Necklace & the slight height of the Shoes I felt Fun & Dressy in this.
White, Button-Down, Sleeveless, Poplin Shirt: Express.
Cobalt+White, Floral Shorts w/ Cobalt Blue Bow, Sash Belt: Express.
Off-White Statement Necklace w/ Big Daisy Flowers: Apartment 9 (Kohl's) (New).
Cobalt Blue Plastic Bangle & Cobalt+White Stripped Bangle: Forever 21.
Real Gold Chain Bracelet: Gifted.
Pastel Lavender+Baby Pink Rhinestone, Butterfly, Silver Drop Earrings: Avon.
Nude, Strappy, Cork-Wedge Sandals w/ Butterfly in the Middle: Payless.

Faking a Suit for Work Wear (A Spring or Summer Outfit).
In this Outfit I am doing a Classic Black+White Look by faking a Suit with a Blazer & a Skirt. This is not just any Blazer. It has a Mandarin Collar, some Military detail & Silver Buttons while the Pencil Skirt has a built-in, Asymmetric Silk Band with some Asymmetric Ruching & little Pleats on the front. They are 2 different materials but they work. I kept this Outfit Fun by adding some Bling with my Chandelier Earrings & a little Girly Necklace. Plus I added some Neutral Shoes which have High, Wood Heels.
White, Button-Down, Sleeveless, Poplin Shirt: Express.
Black, Cotton Blazer w/ Mandarin Collar & Military-Style, Silver Buttons: White House Black Market.
Black, Light Wool-blend Pencil Skirt w/ Asymmetric Ruching on the Front: Bebe.
Dainty Necklace w/ Small Black & Silver Beads: White House Black Market.
Long, Dangly, Silver-Beaded, Chandelier Earrings: White House Black Market.
Real Gold Chain Bracelet: Gifted.
Nude, Leather Sandals w/ Dark Wood, Thick Heels: Nine West.

Dressing Down Everyday Shorts (A Summer or Early Fall Outfit).
In this Outfit I dressed down the Shirt by wearing more Casual Shorts in an Olive Green Color & an Elbow-Sleeve, Hoodie Pullover in Gray & Baby Pink Stripes. But the Outfit is still Girly enough & somewhat Dressy since I added a Colorful Bubble Necklace, Cute Beaded Sandals and Red Lipstick.
White, Button-Down, Sleeveless, Poplin Shirt: Express.
Gray+Baby Pink Stripped, Elbow-Sleeve, Hoodie Pullover: Old Navy.
Olive Green, Cotton Shorts: Old Navy.
Teal/Mint Bubble Necklace: Apartment 9 (Kohl's) (New).
Real Gold Chain Bracelet: Gifted.
Pewter, Neutral-Metallic, Beaded, Thong Sandals: Old Navy.

Layering with Leopard (A Fall Outfit).
In this Outfit I am loving the Rich Browns & Camels. They definitely make me feel Fall. I love that I layered a Simple Leopard Hi-lo Tee & tucked the White Blouse into My Dressy Cropped Pants (love the Belt that comes with them). I added more Leopard through Simple Drop Earrings & some Fun Pumps.
White, Button-Down, Sleeveless, Poplin Shirt: Express.
Brown/Beige/Black, Light Cotton, Hi-lo, Leopard, Boat-neck Tee: Forever 21.
Camel, Dressy, Cropped Pants w/ a Braided Leather+Metallic, Twisted-Loop Belt: The Limited.
Light, Leopard-Print, Rectangle Sea-Pearl, Drop Earrings: Ann Taylor.
Real Gold Chain Bracelet: Gifted.
Leopard, Faux Suede, Pointy Pumps: Charlotte Russe.

Work-Ready, Bright Pencil Skirt & Cardigan (A Spring Outfit).
In this Outfit - which I can see working for Work, for both Spring & Summer (actually all 4 seasons despite being so Bright) - I paired a Fuchsia Tweedy, Pencil Skirt with a Stripped Fuchsia/White Long Cardigan. I tucked in the Blouse & left the Cardigan un-buttoned but I also wanted to show you that you can do a couple of the buttons and it will still look Polished. I added My Patent Leather, Nude Pumps & my Lavender/Pink Butterfly Earrings.
White, Button-Down, Sleeveless, Poplin Shirt: Express.
Fuchsia+White, Stripped, Grandpa Cardigan w/ Pockets: Express.
Fuchsia, Light Tweed, Pencil Skirt: The Limited.
Real Gold Chain Bracelet: Gifted.
Pastel Lavender+Baby Pink Rhinestone, Butterfly, Silver Drop Earrings: Avon.
Nude, Round-Toe, Patent Leather Pumps: Apartment 9 (Kohl's).

Clean+ Crisp, All-White  (A Summer Outfit).
In this Outfit I am doing a Clean & Polished All-White, pairing the Button-Down Shirt with White Jeans & my Nude Pumps. I still added some Color & Chic Appeal by adding a Floral, Orange, Silk Scarf & 3 Bright Neon Bangles. I love this look where I tied in a Scarf instead of a Necklace. Kind of Different & very Elegant.
White, Button-Down, Sleeveless, Poplin Shirt: Express.
White, Boot-cut Jeans: Express.
Orange Floral, Silk, Square Scarf: Echo.
Real Gold Chain Bracelet: Gifted.
Neon Pink, Neon Turquoise & Neon Orange, Plastic Bangle Bracelets: Ruum (New).
Nude, Round-Toe, Patent Leather Pumps: Apartment 9 (Kohl's).

Casual & Girly with Floral (A Summer Outfit).
For the last look I wore a Casual, A-line, Cotton, Floral Skirt and pinned a Bright Magenta/Purple Flower to the Shirt's Collar. I added a bunch of Pink/Purple Bangles. To add to the Girly & Cute Look, I wore the Metallic, Beaded Sandals by Old Navy once again.
White, Button-Down, Sleeveless, Poplin Shirt: Express.
Coral, Light Cotton, A-line Skirt w/ a Pastel Floral Print: Old Navy.
Bright Magenta, Fuchsia & Purple, Silk Flower Pin: Forever 21.
Light, Leopard-Print, Rectangle Sea-Pearl, Drop Earrings: Ann Taylor.
Real Gold Chain Bracelet: Gifted.
Neon Pink, Plastic Bangle Bracelet: Ruum (New).
Hot Pink & Purple Plastic Bangles: Charlotte Russe.
Pewter, Neutral-Metallic, Beaded, Thong Sandals: Old Navy.



So, did you like this Challenge? How did I do (since it's my first time)? Which 2-3 Outfits are your Favorites & why? Let me know. I appreciate all of your feedback.

P.S. I am linking this post with Audrey, Savannah, Lindsey, Shanna, Laura, Kelly, Sherry and Megan.
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30 comments:

  1. Great remix! I think the leopard outfit is my favorite!

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    1. I think the Leopard one, the all Pink one & the one with the Olive Shorts are my 3 most favorite outfits. =)

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  2. Such a fun challenge. I love those leopard shoes :)
    Ginny

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    1. Thanks Ginny. I love the leopard shoes too. I have several pairs of shoes in Leopard. =)

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  3. Wow great job and re-mixing this top! You came up with so many options.
    Love the shirt too, obviously so versatile.

    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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    1. A White Shirt is indeed very versatile. I could have remixed this 7 other ways altogether, also.

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  4. I LOVE the big blue bow on your shorts in the first outfit! What a fun way to spice up your outfit :) I agree that a white sleeveless top is a great thing to have- I am waiting to find the right one (I used to have one but it stained and all the other ones I've looked at have been too sheer!).

    brynnash.blogspot.com

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    1. That bow belt is part of the shorts, but it is removable. You should definitely invest on a sleeveless white button-down. Maybe you can find one at Old Navy. =)

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  5. Great job! Obviously every woman should have a white button down. My favorite is your last look. I love the fuller skirt and the floral pin. This outfit is a perfect summer look in my opinion.

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    1. I do like the outfit with the full skirt & I like that I added the flower pin. Different, girly & cute. Thanks H. =)

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  6. I love a really versatile piece- and this white sleeveless top definitely qualifies. Great looks, Ada!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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    1. Thanks a lot Ashley. This top is indeed Very Versatile.

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  7. Such a fun challenge! I love that pink pencil skirt! Thanks for sharing your look with Three-fer Thursday!
    xo Bethany
    www.perfectlycoutured.com

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    1. You are welcome Bethany. Thanks for the visit.

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  8. That's a great variety of outfits! Great job remixing!

    Aubree
    look.feel.be

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Aubree. Love the name of your blog.

      I'd love for us to stay in touch and support each-other.


      Ada. =)

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  9. Great combos Ada! I love those floral shorts with the bow, too cute.

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    1. Thanks a lot Alison. Everyone likes those Blue Shorts with the Sash Belt. I can totally see you wearing them, by the way. =)

      Hope your vacation was good.

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  10. Great post! Love the pink skirt btw. :)

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    1. Thanks Londyn. The skirt you like is 100% you. =)

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  11. I love these type of challenges! You chose really great ways to style a simple white shirt, Ada!

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week!

    Amber

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    1. Thanks Amber. I love how I styled this Shirt. I think I like the outfit with the Olive Shorts, the outfit with the Floral Skirt, the one with the Hot Pink Skirt/Cardi & the on with Leopard the best. =)

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  12. I think you did a really great job! I think my favorite is with the green shorts and the pullover!

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    1. I knew you would like that because it is your style - I can see you wearing that.

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  13. Great job on showcasing your white top Ada! I wanted to participate too but time just got away from me. Maybe next time :)

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Alice, it will be great to see how you remix one item of clothing several times, next time. =)

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  14. what a great challenge Ada! You really showed how versatile and elegant a white shirt like yours can be! I love seeing how real women re-wear their items - that's what the real world is all about! Thank you for being such an inspiration :)

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    1. Thank you Fran. I am a real woman. I have a real budget. I have a real closet.

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  15. Great outfits Ada! You did a fabulous job with everything. I've been on vacation for what seems like all summer...I can't wait to take a read through your blog and see what you've been up to!! Thanks so much for linking your style with us!
    Sherry
    The Life of the Party

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    1. Thank you so much Sherry. I had missed this comment. How thoughtful & nice of you. I am glad you liked the outfits.

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