Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spring 2014 Trend: The Reinvented Button Down

Blouses, button-downs, oxford shirts: whatever you call them, it's no secret that this wardrobe staple is noting new. In fact, everyone wears them: teachers, lawyers, off-duty models, you name it. So why is this passé top suddenly a coveted trend this spring? The industry's leading visionaries have changed the way we see this shirt. While Raf Simons morphed the button-down into sporty shirt dresses, Alexander Wang produced a skin-baring variation at his eponymous runway show. Alternatively, other designers revitalized this classic with some offbeat styling tactics. Joseph Altuzarra gave his take a saucy twist with an unbuttoned shirt and high-slit skirt and Olivier Rousteing matched his oxford with a gutsy pair of overalls. And when all else fails, designers turned to ladylike embellishments a la No.21's Alessandra Dell'Acqua did. I know what you're thinking: time to give your trusty oxford shirt a second look.
No. 21, Look 11
Christian Dior, Look 11
Altuzarra, Look 22
Alexander Wang, Look 12
Balmain, Look 29
The best part about this trend is that you don't have to invest in entirely new pieces. With a few quirky style techniques, you can add your everyday button down into a sartorially superior ensemble. Whether you want to pair this piece with a tomboyish pair of overalls or a sultry skirt, the key is juxtapose this traditional top with unconventional pieces. For an ultra laid back look, style your top with a pair of slouchy pants or a sporty pleated skirt.  As for the overall look, it's entirely up to you! Slick your hair back, add a red lip, or throw on the accessories--this look is ultra versatile. But if you're dying to purchase a shirt dress or one of Alexander Wang's jumpsuits, now is a better time than any! These refreshing pieces are an effortless outfit: you only need a to add few accessories. The choice is yours!

button down

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