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The button down shirt.

The button down shirt.

How to make the very basic fashion forward…

Dolce & Gabbana jacket, Rails shirt.

Dolce & Gabbana jacket, Rails shirt.

Hey guys, hope you’re week is going well! For this trend post I wanted to talk about one of the piece that has been part of my wardrobe for as long as I can remember; the button down shirt. For 12 years of my life it was all about a white shirt for school worn with a grey pleated skirt and a navy sweater in primary, then a red kilt and green jumper for secondary school (looked liked a Christmas cracker all year round!)

Peter Pilotto shirt and Zara jeans. By Victoria Adamson.

Peter Pilotto shirt and Zara jeans.
By Victoria Adamson.

When school ended I swore off shirts and didn’t buy a single one during university and for job interviews I always opted for a blouse. Then I was flicking through a couple of magazines and saw women in long white shirts worn over distressed jeans, a wide style lazily tucked into tailored trousers or, my favourite, a plaid number with shorts for that summer California vibe and I was hooked!

Celine shirt, Chanel bag, Prada shoes. By Victoria Adamson.

Celine shirt, Chanel bag, Prada shoes.
By Victoria Adamson.

So I started my collection with a plaid shirt from one of my favourite LA brands Rails who make the softest pieces that fit brilliantly. For a crisp white ones I always head to the high street to stores like COS or Pink and choose Dolce & Gabbana for embellished or lace details (decorated shirts like my Pete Pilotto one can act as a great statement piece).

I’ve seen a lot of shirt dresses around and although I love my oversized boyfriend shirt from Celine I also like this belted style from Miss Selfridge and denim version from Topshop which I bought last month.

Saint Laurent jacket, Topshop shirt, Dolce & Gabbana jeans and American Apparel fedora.

Saint Laurent jacket, Topshop shirt, Dolce & Gabbana jeans and American Apparel fedora.

But lets go back to the ultimate classic white shirt and the countless ways to wear it. Tuck it in or out of anything, layer under jumpers, dresses or dungarees, wear over or tuck into skirts (and not just mini or midi skirts but maxi skirts too). Do like Britney and knot it round the front or leave unbuttoned with a logo T-shirt underneath or my new favourite, wrap it round and tuck in for an overlap effect. Few! So there you have it, prove that even the most basic of basics can become fashion forward with some great styling!

How would you wear yours?

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