Button Down Shirts: Tomgirl or Tomboy? We Vote Both!

5 Nov

So, as many of you do not know, I spent the summer working on a dude ranch in Wyoming. It was the coolest experience ever, but also left me with a lot of button down shirts hanging in my closet. Now, I’d bet a lot of money that 90 out of 100 of you have button down shirts hanging in your closet that you rarely wear. At the very least, I know that your mom made you take senior pictures in a white one, along with some dark wash jeans. I also know that a number of jobs you, the rest of society, and I have worked at required button down shirts –Hollister, some waitressing jobs, dude ranches, hotels, whatever, you’re not retarded so I know you get me. The problem here is, most of you just don’t know what to do with them now. They end up at Goodwill or Plato’s Closet for the next sucker to come and buy for their new job.

That is all about to change.

Graci and I are about to show you just two of the MANY ways to wear a button down.

Now, we laugh about being twins, but we seriously are. We packed clothes for this shoot and really didn’t tell each other details about what we brought. Anyways, we ended up having the same shirt in different colors, and we pulled them out of the car at the same time and freaked out like the children we are (let me just tell you, this happens every time we see each other). Lydia, (our photographer) almost died laughing.

The boots we did buy together, or, I ordered mine, then Graci asked if I would care if she bought the same pair in another color. What do you think I said? “Heck no I don’t care. We already own doubles of almost everything else by sheer happenstance. Follow your heart.” So she did. Anyways.

Here you go. Graci displays the Tomgirl side of this look perfectly. She added a tie to a pink pinstriped shirt, which ended up being very Spencer-esque (from Pretty Little Liars), then she added a headband to keep it girly, and donned combat boots to make it very Tomgirlish.

On the other hand, is the Tomboy look. I pulled out my favorite pair of suspenders, clipped them over the blue pinstriped version of the shirt (leaving it a little untucked and sloppy for an unkept look), added a fedora to keep it a little boyish, then donned my combat boots as well.

The two versions of this look have very little variation, but it’s amazing how just the right accessories turned the look from girly to boyish. We loved these outfits, and guess what? They’re totally affordable!

Blue pinstriped shirt = 5$ on sale at Aeropostle

Pink pinstriped shirt = 3$ at Goodwill

Fedora = 3$ at a huge flea market

Headband = 1$ at Claire’s

Suspenders = 4$ on Ebay (Y’all, I kid you not, Ebay is the greatest).

Tie = 2$ at Goodwill

Graci’s skinny jeans = 10$ at Forever21

My skinny jeans =10$ at a resale shop (They’re American Eagle).

Graci’s combat boots = 20$ Charlotte Russe

Skye’s combat boots = 20$ Charlotte Russe

Graci’s look = 36$ total.

My look = 42$ total.

Eat that up, ladies, it’s good for you. And the coolest part? ALL of these pieces can be worn in multiple outfits!

Be bold and have fun with it.


If you’re in a mad rush for suspenders, hot topic has them for about 8 bucks, but STOP. Goodwill has the more legit, real life, VINTAGE versions for about 3 or 4 bucks. ALWAYS go there first! Also, button down shirts, ties, and occasionally name brand skinny jeans can be found at Goodwill as well. Also, Plato’s Closet is my safe haven. A word to the wise, try these places first BEFORE you head to the mall. It’ll save you so much money, and you’ll be much more likely to have one-of-a-kind pieces since they’re older and not sold in bulk anymore!

Fashion can be very inexpensive. Dressing adorable is all about finding pieces for super cheap, and just putting them together in new and improved ways.




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