Button Down Unbuttoned

by jennine on June 11, 2010

blue dress

See, this is my issue with posting outfits several times a week, I get on kicks. Whether it’s a color, a shape, a theme, or even a mood, either that or it’s completely irratic. Maybe you can’t trust me, I’ll change my mind about what I like to wear any second now. Who knows? I don’t!

This week, it seems like I’m all about blue and belts. Last month, when I met the lovely Love Maegan for an interview, she wore a chambray shirt with a scalloped dress underneath. It was perfect. I’ve tried the shirt over dress a few times since, and this is my first interpretation here. Sophia at Nasty Gal had given me this BB Dakota ruched ikat bustier dress, but I just am not able to wear a strapless short dress in public, unless…well never. Unless it’s properly layered. I’ve worn this dress with this shirt before (and not photographed it) but it was styled differently. Today, I decided to wear a belt over the shirt for shape, and put on a the Liz Larios necklace to make me a little more fancy.

Wearing: Chambray shirt: H&M •  Dress: BB Dakota courtesy of Nasty Gal • Necklace: courtesy of Liz Larios • Belt: Flea market • Ring : Wendy Brandes • Shoes: Aldo

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jesspgh June 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I really like this look! The mix of blues is lovely and the open buttoned shirt is a great alternative to a cardigan layer that I probably haven’t rocked since the 90s. But I am grateful for this reminder. The belt over top really modernizes the entire mix! You look great as always! I know what you mean about getting into a pattern of reaching for specific colors. Because I don’t change handbags daily or anything, it is often easier to stick with a similar palette.
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jennine June 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm

oh yes, i used to love both cardigans AND open shirts in the 90s… but your’e right the belt makes is current, i didn’t even think about that!


Trinidad June 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I like the contrast of the girly dress with the more menwear-ish shirt. AND I’m still loving the shoes!
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...love Maegan June 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Ooh, I love it belted! …and I love those blue shoes! I too have a problem with strapless dresses. I just hate having to fidget with my clothes and I’m always yanking on strapless making sure they’re in place. Happy Friday!
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jennine June 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

thanks love for the inspriation, i told you i’d post it eventually!


Le Petít June 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I totally love this look. I, too, have trouble in strapless, and I think I could manage something like this. Thanks for the tip!
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jennine June 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm

yeah, there are a lot of cute strapless dresses out now, you just can’t wear them any day of the year.


Kim Pesch June 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

GORGGEEEOUSSS. makes me want to run home and put on a similar combo!!

xo, Kim http://www.crowded-closet.com


Danielle June 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

LOVE this look! I actually recently bought a denim shirt- http://daniellesotherblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/poll-should-i-buy-this-shirt.html- and have been trying to find new ways to wear it. This was inspiration for me!

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jennine June 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

on no! the link seemed to be broken!


fashion butter June 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Looks great and that necklace is amazing.
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Nickie Frye June 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Yes, I love this look. I have a few vintage denim/chambray shirts in my shop right now & I’ve been tying them at the waist over dresses & over maxi skirts worn as strapless dresses. I love this look. It’s the summer version of a denim jacket. A total staple.
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Good girl gone blog June 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

This makes me think of blueberries!
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Adele Joanna June 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

This outfit is perfect :)
- Adele


Becca June 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I love the dress and shirt combo. I always try to do something like this with a cardigan and belt, but I can never figure out where to belt it, and I feel like it always looks not quite right!! I’m going to have to give it another try. Also, these shoes really are fantastic - twice in one week and I can’t get enough!
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Iva June 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I LOVE IT! I love those shoes! I also don’t really wear strapless. I like to know everything is staying in place nicely without having to worry/look down every other second! LOL I love it belted! So beautiful! Happy Friday! Have a nice weekend!


Natalie June 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Love this outfit from head to toe! The shoes are the perfect shade of blue.


Fia June 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Great booties!

I like how you are really playing with casual and fancy.
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apparellel June 12, 2010 at 1:34 am

i love this! blue is my favorite color, but i am loving it more than usual these days. you look amazing!

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Casey June 12, 2010 at 2:55 am

So lovely! I love how the chambray shirt overtop really tones down what would be an otherwise more cocktail-appropriate dress (as opposed to a strict day dress). Fantastic! I keep seeing oxford shirts used in such fun ways around the ‘net; I think I need to replenish my collection and start looking at them in a new way!

♥ Casey
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m.fay June 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

oh, i love a botton down, so classic. i like to wear a crisp men’s dress shirt belted, a suitable mini.
you look great my dear….happy weekend!
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pretty June 13, 2010 at 2:40 am

Your legs look fantastic in those heels!


Make Do Style June 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

Beautiful blues xxx
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IVY June 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm

my goodness, all these shades of blue are amazing !
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Nubiasnonsense June 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm

This is a very nice look, I love the mixed shades of blues. I change my mind about what I want to wear all the time! surprisingly sometimes the outfits I put the least effort in are the ones I like the most ha ha

Very pretty necklace also


Nadine June 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

Aldo’s shoes this season were amazing weren’t they!! Those electric blue heels look great on you.
As always, great post.
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Trinidad June 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I agree the necklace is a nice touch!
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chantele cross June 15, 2010 at 6:47 am

Cute outfit and I love the necklace!!
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Lizzie [TenThouBride] June 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

Looks great! You’re such a natural!


Skinnypurse June 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Cannot get over how fab those shoes are - love the color!
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Abysm June 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

sweet shoes
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Vivian June 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

LOVE this electrifying outfit!
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Krista June 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

I’m in love with this outfit. I haven’t checked in in a bit, but love your shorter new do, too!


Katie July 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

I’m crazy about the contrast of the casual rolled up button down with the dressier bustier cocktail frock AND the girly dress vs. the menswear-ish over sized shirt! Double contrast! It’s the Ira Levin novel of outfits (re: loads of layers)!
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