Backwards Button-Down

Fall trend: backwards button-down []Aight, I think I’ve officially run out of ideas.

This is an epiphany made abundantly clear by the fact that I’ve resorted to wearing my shirts backwards in order to breathe new life into my wardrobe. I’m aware I may look subjectively stupid. It’s ok. Fashion is art and art is subjective so therefore this is… artistic liberty?

Yeah, that’s a stretch. But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Though the vast majority of shirts are, shockingly, meant to be worn in their front-facing natural state, I actually think that button-downs tend to look quite cool if worn unorthodoxically. This button-down in particular, since it’s kind of shorter and has funky sleeves. They detract attention from the fact that I look like I’m wearing a straitjacket because people look at the sleeves and go huh, what a fashion-forward top, it’s probably from Zara!

But it’s not. It’s from my mother’s closet circa 2004 and when she saw what I had done to her beloved button-down she looked at me with the same disappointment she had when I told her I was quitting piano in high school because Chopin was, like, so not cool mom.

I’ve styled my shirt with inoffensive black trousers and heels and added a black clutch because, in the immortal words of The Devil Wears Prada, an accessory is merely a piece of iconography used to express individual identity. Or something like that. I’ve recently been feeling like a blogging fraud since I rarely ever accessorize and own approximately 2,5 bags, so I’m making an effort. If you want some insight into how bad I am at accessorizing, you should know that the last time this clutch came out of my closet was when I was moving to Lyon two years ago and needed something to store my sunglasses in for the trip over.

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  1. So creative! I would have been way to scared to try this out, but it actually looks cool. The photo from the back and your head turned towards the camera is really trippy though, because my mind expects your face to be looking at me when the buttons are facing me.

    Caitlyn |

  2. This look is so unique and chic! Love your style!

  3. Loving the backwards look. Your button up still looks fitted and nice.


  4. This is such a great idea! It’s amazing what we can come up with when we’re bored of our wardrobe 🙂

  5. What a cute idea! Perfect way to transform an outfit!


  6. I totally relate when it comes to running out of wardrobe ideas! But you totally rocked this backwards button down!
    -Anna |

  7. I love this look!!

  8. Haha I love this! So interesting and different. I also love the Devil Wears Prada quote!

    Alix |

  9. I love this top! It’s so different and cool!

    Greta |

  10. Not sure if I could pull this off, but I think it works really well for you!

  11. Bravo for taking this risk! It looks amazing on you! Love how you styled it all. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  12. What a chic and modern twist on a button down!! Looks so great with a high pony.

    xoxo A

  13. Love it! You’re so creative and this is a great, chic look.

  14. Girl look at you, this is so creative! Seriously would have 100% believed this was from Zara or Topshop if you told me, it looks so trendy – might have to try this out myself! Thanks for sharing!

    Pick Your Beau


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