3 Ways to Style a Blue Dress Shirt

Yes, the classic white button down deserves to be a staple in every closet, but I want to make a case for her less famous sister, the blue dress shirt. A light blue is less prim, formal enough for the office, and I would argue that it’s even more versatile.

Below, I’m showcasing 3 (ethical) ways to style this Everlane Relaxed Poplin Shirt in the colour “Blue End-on-End,” but the outfit options are endless. A few more ideas: wear it loose over shorts, with ripped jeans, or under a slip dress.

Look 1: Girly

Tie it up, cuff the shirtsleeves, and pair it with a long skirt. I live in these breezy, feminine outfits in the spring and summer.


ESPADRILLES — CASTANER (see it with other outfits)

PURSE — RACHEL COMEY BAAN BAG (see it with other outfits). SS/16 – sold out



Look 2: Preppy Chic

I love a good fall blazer. This houndstooth J. Crew one has been going strong for three years now. I don’t shop at J. Crew anymore because I prefer more ethical options, but I will say their blazers are well made and will last a long time. This particular style is sold out. UPDATE: I heard J. Crew is making moves to go fair trade!

If I had to recommend quality, ethically-made blazers now, I’d point you to Canadian label SMYTHE. The silhouettes are flattering, the tailoring is absolutely on point, and they are made in Canada.

My Gucci Dionysus bag goes with almost any outfit. The detachable strap is handy, and the bag fits a paperback or a Kindle (or both), which is a must for me.


WHITE JEANS — J BRAND (see it with other outfits)

BAG — GUCCI DIONYSUS MEDIUM IN NAVY (see it with other outfits

HEELS – SYDNEY BROWN (see it with other outfits) – sold out



Look 3: Trendy

For days you don’t want to look too fussy. My mom gave me her old leather skirt. I think it’s from the ’90s. It’s hard to find a new leather skirt these days without dropping at least a grand, so vintage is the way to go. Thanks, Mom!

I was so drawn to these BY FAR suede sandals on Instagram. I got the chance to try them on at Harvey Nichols while in London and decided they would be a good addition to my wardrobe. They’re comfortable enough to walk around in all day. Not only is BY FAR ethical, 1/3 of their collection is sustainable, using dead stock leather left over from Italian luxury houses.

I’m drawn to suede shoes in light colours, probably the worst material to keep clean. I’ve found a solution though: NonWater spray. It makes suede and canvas shoes water repellent! I don’t understand how it works, but it’s non-toxic and eco-friendly, apparently. I have a couple of bottles and it really works. I wore these shoes around the unclean streets of Manhattan for a few days, and they are still pristine.


BUCKET BAG —  HOME MADE (see it with other outfits)

SANDALSBY FAR SCANDI SANDALS (see it with other outfits)


Photos by Tiantian Zou

How do you wear a blue button down? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Kasi Martin 10.04.2017

    I love the way you’ve styled the look with your By Far slides! Thanks for referencing The Peahen about your J.Crew selection.


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