Layering our Button Down Shirt Under a Dress

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Ways to Layer a Button Down Shirt for women

Layering our Button Down Shirt Under a Dress

This quote seemed very apropos because layering my button down shirt under a dress would have never been on my radar before blogging. But, it seems like the perfect marriage to pull out those sleeveless dresses, and not have to cover them up with a cardigan or jacket.

Quote of the day: “What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it?” Toni Morrison

These exact same shirts were put to the test as jackets previously. Because as much as I LOVE trying new trends and styles, I also yearn to make what I already have work in many different ways.

Tips to Layer a Button Down Shirt under a dress

The funny thing, is I didn’t tell my moms they should wear the button down shirt under a “sleeveless” dress. I just told them a dress, yet that’s what we all chose. I guess it helps that the weather is getting warmer. However, this shirt would be great under a long sleeved dress or even a short sleeve dress.

We did provide some variety though since I chose a solid colored dress, and both mom and Nancy picked print dresses. It’s also nice that my mom wore a longer dress for something different. We’re also wearing dresses with different necklines. Even though none of our dresses are v-neck, I think that would also work perfectly especially if the “v” was a little too low for comfort by itself.


I’d also like to introduce Ronnie from Ronnie Rambles On. She just commented on our white blouse as a jacket post that she was on the same wave length about working on a post about this theme. So I told her to join us for this post!! I’ve talked to Ronnie in the past about blogging, and she’s been such a great supporter of my blog. She’s always part of our #thriftedchicstylechallenge on Instagram, and in fact, she just thrifted this Kate Spade dress in the photo.

Ronnie describes herself as a 51 yr. old wife, mother of 5, and grandmother of 5. She writes a fashion/lifestyle blog, Ronnie Rambles On, and recently started a second blog just for her creative writing, Still She Rambles. Just recently she received her certification as a Personal Stylist and looks forward to seeing what the future holds.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I thought the white shirt might work under my “new to me” dress from thredUp. 

I fell in love when I saw the color of this dress on their site, and I was ecstatic when it ended up fitting so well. Since it’s a knit material, I plan to take it to the blogging conference we are going to next month (Everything Food Conference) because it won’t get wrinkled in the suitcase or sitting all day. Of course I find that conferences end up being on the cold side, so I’ll need either a shirt under it or over it (or both).

I even found the same dress on 2 sites on Poshmark, if you’re interested. The links are below my last individual photos.

Wearing a Button Down Shirt under a dress for women over 50

One of the things I’ve been trying to do more often is incorporate a third color into the mix. I have plenty of blue shoes and accessories, but I thought it’d be more fun to put some yellow with the blue and white.

These sunglasses have definitely been a favorite of mine since I impulsively bought them during one of LOFT’s famous 70% off sales last year. I will say that fun sunglasses can make any outfit jazzier. Heck, for under $25, you too can look through colored lenses, hearts or flowers.

Wearing a Button Down Shirt under a dress with blue and yellow

It’s no secret that I have a shoe addiction.

I ended up purchasing these yellow print heels when I was writing a post last year. In my defense, the pair I had been wearing were a tad too high to walk around in comfortably.

Yet I will tell you that yellow shoes are a must have especially for the spring and summer. We’ve tried to prove that a couple of times on the blog. Let me show you some great examples under $75. If you still like a chunky heel, there’s a loafer, a flat sandal, and a fun wedge that would all work for so many outfits.

Tips and tricks to Layer a Button Down Shirt under a blue dress

One of the tricks I’ve learned while reading blogs is how to camouflage the buttons or details of a shirt under a knit. I talked about it last year, and I even showed how I did it. And I did the same trick here because the dress isn’t real heavy material. I really like this idea because it almost acts as spanx yet isn’t as restricting.

The other thing I wanted to say is you won’t see me moaning about my white legs or lack of sunless tanning products. It’s taken me 50 years, but I’m embracing my skin color as it is. I’m sure the sunless varieties are relatively safe, but it’s more work and money that I’m not ready to use right now. Trust me, this has been a struggle my entire life. I grew up in the tanning eras and have tried everything. I figure the best part about life, is we all have a choice. My legs may be pale, yet they are strong and functional! Yay for that!

Tips and tricks to Layer a Button Down Shirt under a dress for women over 40

Dress: Kristin Davis bought through thredUp (similar here & the exact same one on Poshmark & here )~~Top: Brooks Brothers given to me by a friend (similar here)~~Shoes: Marks & Spencer (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: thrifted (similar here)~~Sunglasses: LOFT (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy chose her black & white print dress to pair with the white button down shirt.

I think this is a perfect choice for this trick because there’s white in the dress. I bet many of you would feel more comfortable if there is the color of your shirt in the dress.

This might be a good trick if you love a dress but it’s one of those that your bra straps would show otherwise. Another consideration is if you just don’t love the idea of having your arms exposed.

Ways to Style a Button Down Shirt under a dress for warmth

I love that Nancy incorporated another color into her outfit too. Actually 2 colors if you want to get specific because her necklace & earrings are red. Yet her purse and shoes are more burgundy.

This necklace is actually reversible. It’s black & white on the other side. Don’t you think that’s the smartest detail for necklaces? I even found a couple if you wanted the same kind of thing. This one or this one are different colors on each side.

How to Style a Button Down Shirt under a dress for spring

The other piece de resistance has got to be the flower pin that Nancy added to the bottom portion of her dress.

My mom made this flower pin for Nancy years ago. It’s made so there is a clip on it along with a pin. This enables Nancy to clip it to items also, and even in her hair as she’s also worn it in on her head before.

And let me give another shout out to the ankle straps on shoes. This pair of Nancy’s shoes are quite old, yet they are so perfect for many outfits both summer and winter. The ankle straps keeps your foot more secure so it doesn’t slide around when you’re walking. If you’re concerned about the strap cutting off the leg line, then a nude pair would counteract that. Yet this floral pair would make such a statement that you wouldn’t care about the leg line.

How to Style a Button Down Shirt under a dress for women over 60

A little detail about this dress. When I was first helping Nancy with her closet over 3 years ago, she wasn’t sure about this dress. Part of the issue was it was too long. There was actually another ruffle at the bottom, which I removed. I think that an easy alteration has made such a difference in the fit and feel of this dress. And the proof is that she’s worn it at least 4 times on the blog, here, here, here, and here.

How to Style a Button Down Shirt under a dress

Dress: (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: My mom chose her maxi dress with her button down shirt that she wore for the blog 3 years ago.

This dress came with a matching short sleeve sweater to wear over it originally. Of course, I’ve twisted my mom’s arm to wear it other ways, and I think this is a wonderful option for this theme.

And since maxis are synonymous with the warmer weather, why not start wearing them even when it’s chillier? The other way we tried to keep warm with spring items is with our denim jackets over them recently.

Ways to Layer a Button Down Shirt for women over 70

My mom took this opportunity to wear her garnet jewelry. Since the dress has shades of rust and burgundy in it, the garnet pieces match it nicely.

The reason my mom loves garnets so much is because it’s her birthstone. Anyone else have that kind of addiction?

Ways to Style a Button Down Shirt for women over 70

My mom wore her beige ankle boots with the outfit.

I think this works nicely to lighten up the dress and go with the white shirt. Of course you wouldn’t have to wear ankle boots. You could also try some white shoes which are very much on trend right now. There are the ever classic loafers, the wedge sandal, a slide sandal, or you could even wear sneakers.

She did opt for a purse that matches the dress. This is a good way to keep the focus on the dress instead of creating a diversion with your bag.

Ways to Style a Button Down Shirt under a long dress

This dress has one of those belts that is attached and made of the same material. It’s a great way to give the dress a little shape, yet it can sometimes disrupt the vertical line of the dress. So my mom tied it in the back.

Ways to Style a Button Down Shirt under a dress for women over 80

Dress: (similar here)~~Top: thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: Hillard & Hanson (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Tips and tricks to Layer a Button Down Shirt under a dress

So where did we go on this little excursion? This structure behind us is the historic Elitch’s carousel dome built in 1890.  Of course after this, we had to enjoy a wonderful meal at the restaurant, BraZen that you can see glimpses of in some of these photos!

Tips to Layer a Button Down Shirt for women

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