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The Blue Button-Up Should Be an Essential Part of Your Spring Wardrobe

Trade your elemental white blouse for a dress shirt in a subtle shade of blue.

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With spring inching closer, it’s time to ditch the bulky sweaters in favor of cool, tailored pieces you can wear all season long. Enter: the blue button-up shirt—a trusty standby to tie together any outfit, whether you’re layering it under a sweater or wearing it all on its own. Pair an asymmetrical collar with a structured blazer, a bow blouse with a cardigan, or opt for a short sleeve version with playful pockets. With an item as versatile as the blue button-up, no matter the sleeve length, the possibilities are endless. Ahead, nine of our favorites to choose from.

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1 With a Cardigan
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Try out a plain blue button-up with a cozy fringed cardigan. Add jeans, turquoise baubles, and a pair of cowboy boots to master the western trend.

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2 Short Sleeves
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Borrowed from the boys, this oversized short-sleeve option can toughen up a long tiered prairie skirt. Alternatively, wear it unbuttoned over a slip dress.

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3 Asymmetrical Collar
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Ditch your basic blue button-up for a cool collar that gives your outfit an unexpected twist.

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4 Under A Blazer
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Elevate your simple blue button-up by layering it under a structured blazer— practical for important presentations at work or celebratory cocktails.

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5 In a Bow
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This feminine rendition of the blue button-up is perfectly suited for luncheons and other ladylike pursuits. Opt for an edgier vibe by letting the bow hang loose.

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6 Collar Out
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This blazer-sweater combo uses the essentials you probably already have in your closet to create a sophisticated layered look.

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7 With a Sweater Vest
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Play with proportions by layering a classic blue button-up under a sweater vest, tank top, or sleeveless vest in a contrasting color.

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8 Pocket Placement
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Create drama with zipper-adorned flap pockets that take a blue button-up from commonplace to one-of-a kind.

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9 With A Leather Jacket
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Punch up a classic blue blouse with a camel leather coat that works for every occasion: from work to weekend wear.

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A version of this story appears in the March 2020 issue of Marie Claire.

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