When it comes to layering for the office or the weekend, the obvious choice for your first layer is a button-down of any kind. I personally love it because it adds a bit of a formal contrast to sometimes bulky and loose outer layers. Not to mention, I went on a silk-button down binge a few years ago and have accumulated more than I can count (this particular one is from Target). Button-down on bottom, sweater on top and then start with the outerwear. The combination is tried and true and seems somewhat obvious. But perhaps something that is not so obvious is how one treats the ever elusive top button.
Up until about a month ago, a glutton for comfort, the top button never crossed my mind. I was not a man nor was I wearing a tie, therefore it always remained inexplicably undone. Then one day a stylist had me button it. As seemingly insignificant a request that may seem, my world was changed. Something about buttoning that top button made the whole look seem more put together. This woman was a genius! Sometimes it is in the all too often forgotten details. My new favorite thing is to take the layered sweater/button-down pair (top button buttoned, of course) with oversized boyfriend jeans and ladylike heels for some contrast. A tiny twist to a classic combo.
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