How to Style Your Boyfriend’s Shirt: 4 Tips From Our Style Panel

Borrowed from the boys and a wardrobe staple, the button-down shirt has made it to ‘classic’ territory. With an abundance of shirting on the Spring 2017 runways we asked our Style Panel how to work this workwear staple into the daily routine. Belted, tied or worn loose, the options are endless.

Challenge #178: How to style a men’s button down?


Jameela Ghann, 25
Calgary | Jam and Tea

A man’s button-down shirt is perfect when worn casually with a pair of leggings and booties. Turn his button down into a cute “dress” by synching it at the waist with a slim belt.

Jammela is wearing: Top, Velour Clothing Exchange; Booties; Alfred Sung.

Kayla Short, 29
Halifax | Short Presents

I love the soft and gauzy feel of this men’s linen button-down. For the cold weather I’m layering my light button-down over a mock neck turtleneck and tying it at the waist. It kind of feels like a nod to blissful summer days but layering keeps me from freezing my butt off.

Kayla is wearing: Coat, Winners; Turtleneck, Cupcakes and Cashmere; Button Down, J Crew; Trousers, Aritzia; Shoes, Nine West; Socks and Hat, Forever 21; Watch, Daniel Wellington.

Alyssa Beltempo, 30
Ottawa | Ms. Beltempo

The men’s button-down is one of my all time staples. My favourite way to style a button-down is with a playful mix of unexpected separates. Denim and a heel is always my go-to combination but I’ve added a vintage leopard coat to ward off the cold and add an extra element of drama.

Alyssa is wearing: Shirt; H&M; Jean, H&M; Shoes,Loretta Pettinari; Coat, vintage; Sunglasses, Dior at Merivale Optometric.

Liat Neuman, 39
Toronto | YomanChic

A button-down shirt is a wardrobe staple in every closet. One of my favourite looks is turning an oversized shirt into a dress. I love the contrast between feminine and masculine.

Jacket+Shirt: Zara, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Necklace: The Peach Box, Choker: Topaz Jewelry, Bag: BCBG.