Picture this: You’ve just put on that new, cute button down you’ve rented, but you’re not really feeling the look after gazing in the mirror. You feel stuffy, formal, and blah. You’re not alone in this feeling, which is why we’re here to teach you how to style a button down. This is exactly the dilemma that the tuck and roll was invented for!
If you’ve watch Tan France on Netflix’s Queer Eye, you’ll recognize these techniques. In nearly every episode you’ll see him telling women to tuck in the front of their shirts. Trust Tan, this one small change in style will elevate your entire office look!
One tuck does not fit all, so we’ve listed a few of the most common tucks and rolls to try. Determining which style to use depends on the look you are going for. You may need to try a few to find the one that works for the particular shirt you are styling, depending on the fabric and silhouette.
Here’s how to style a button down using these tuck and roll techniques:
How to Style a Button Down: Tucks
Tuck the front and leave the rest of the shirt untucked. This tuck can be used across all shirt types. Tucking in your shirt, but not fully, makes your legs look longer and gives off a semi-casual vibe. This also works great for oversized knits!
Thanks to the French Tuck, women everywhere can add a touch of Parisian chicness to their look. Tuck in only your left side and leave the rest of the shirt untucked. This tuck works best with button downs.
Rent these Scotch & Soda tops to try the front tuck and French tuck women love:
How to Style a Button Down: Roll
Jenna Lyon’s Roll
Just because your sleeves feel too long, doesn’t mean you can’t wear the shirt. It seems simple, but rolling the sleeves instantly adds more style. It’s a great way to keep an office outfit from feeling too stuffy while still looking professional.
How to master the “Jenna Lyons” sleeve roll:
Step 1: Fold full sleeve in half and pull above elbow
Step 2: Fold again, stopping right below the cuff so it’s sticking out
Rent and roll these Diane Von Furstenburg blouses:
Now that you know how to style a button down, rent new pieces from Armoire each week and elevate your look with ease. Take our style quiz to get started!
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