Join Me At #ConnectSTL!

It’s going down! Are you an active Instagram user in the St. Louis area? #ConnectSTL is the event for you. This FREE event, sponsored by Verizon and Samsung, is taking place on August 30 at 7 p.m. at the Sky Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. It’s going to be a fun, immersive tech experience with great food, adult drinks, and tech gifts for everyone. An RSVP is required, so claim your spot at ConnectSTL.eventbrite.com.

I’m cohosting the event with Danyelle Little, Roshini Cope, Winnielle Caldwell, and Brian Willette. We can’t wait to connect with you and explore all the technology that’ll be in the house. And, did I mention that this all goes down on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel? It is the must-attend event of the summer. Sign up here.

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How To Wear A Button-Down Shirt As An Off-The-Shoulder Top

There are a few Instagram style hacks for a classic button-down shirt, from wearing it as a skirt to wearing it as a tube top. I’ve been most fascinated by the transformation of a button-down into an off-the-shoulder top. I love the look, but I have concerns about the actual wearability of the styling. So, I tested it out in the St. Louis streets. And, the results surprised me.

Button shirt style hack

What I’m wearing:

Shirt (under $20) | Jeans (on sale) c/o | | Gucci skinny belt | Tote | Shoes c/o

Eyes: Urban Decay Born to Run palette c/o | Lip: Urban Decay Vice lipstick (Marfa) c/o

How To Achieve the Off-The-Shoulder Button Shirt Style Hack

The transformation is quite easy. All you have to do is unbutton the top half of a button-down, drape it over your shoulders, and tie or tuck at the waist.

Since I planned to actually wear this top out all day, I decided to drape it over one shoulder instead of both. I figured if it didn’t stay put, it would be easier to fuss over one shoulder instead of both.

This button shirt style hack undoubtedly makes a button-down shirt look much cooler and sexier. The overall look it creates is simply fantastic.

But, is it functional? Y’all, this style hack is suprisingly wearable. I did have a to adjust the drape of the shirt on my shoulder a few times, mostly to maintain the optimal drape. But, for the most part, it stays put.

Tip: I’ve found that trying this hack on an oversized shirt is best. By the way, this shirt is under $20 (shop it here and see it worn differently here)

Sweater Tanks: Knits You Can Wear All Year

At one point, I thought that sweater tanks didn’t make sense. They are sleeveless sweaters. No explanation needed, right? But, I find myself always drawn to the style. And, I think I know why now. They’re actually the quite versatile knits because sleeveless sweaters can be mixed and matched with your wardrobe all year long.

During the summer, I love that the texture of sweater tanks elevates otherwise basic tanks to super chic levels. This Madewell style, for example, a swingy tank with a mock neck, is so much more luxe because of its textured jersey.

sweater tanks

What I’m wearing:

Sweater tank | White jeans | Slide sandals | Skinny belt | Watch

And, later? You can continue to rock sleeveless sweaters by simply adding additional layers. I envision wearing this style right into fall. See my other favorite sweater tank here.

Shop sweater tanks:

Double the Denim, Double the Fun

Is it too early to say that the double denim trend will never go out? Whatever the case, the trend has been holding strong, even getting stronger. No surprise, I’m a fan. I love denim and hence embrace opportunities to style my favorites in fresh, fun ways. Sometimes, wearing my favorite denim pieces together is the coolest choice.

double denim trend

How I’m wearing the double denim trend:

Chambray shirt (new version) c/o | Jeans c/o | Gucci belt bag | Pumps (similar)

Eyes: Urban Decay Born to Run palette c/o | Lip: Urban Decay Vice lipstick (66) c/o

I love that you can create double denim looks for different occasions. When I wanted a laid-back cool, subtly sexy look, I paired my chambray shirt (unbuttoned at the top) with light wash, slim jeans.

My accessories, including a belt bag and bright pumps, add hip finishing touches.

Ultimately, my go-to trick for styling denim on denim is mixing different but complementary denim washes. For more ways to rock the double denim trend, see inspiration here, here, and here.

Location: Good Fortune, St. Louis

How To Jazz Up The White Shirt And Blue Jeans

You can never go wrong with the classic combination of a crisp white shirt and blue jeans. Both items are closet staples. And, when worn together? They’re sharp, sophisticated, stylish. The combination has been proven reliable and versatile. So, let’s jazz it up a bit.

What I’m wearing:

Shirt (option) | Jeans | Pumps (option) | Belt bag | Earrings

Eyes: Urban Decay Born to Run palette c/o | Lip: Urban Decay Vice lipstick (66) c/o

1. Choose a shirt with an interesting twist

All white button-downs are not made the same. I absolutely love funky sleeves, so when I saw the balloon sleeves on this shirt, it became my go-to white button-down.

2. Add of-the-moment accessories

Like it or not, the belt bag is holding on to its moment. I’m totally here for it. Adding one to the classic combination is an easy update.

3. Try different denim silhoeuttes

I favor super-high, skinny jeans. These Madewell 10″ high-rise jeans are my current favorites. But, a white button-down looks equally fly with boyfriend jeans and wide-leg styles.

4. Add colorful pumps

Shoes are a great option for adding a pop of color to a look. And, this yellow suede pair is just the right splash of color for my outfit.

5. Use makeup to change the feel of the look

When I rocked this particular white shirt and jeans combination, it was date night. So, I decided to experiment with some new goodies I received from Urban Decay to spice things up.

Y’all, the Born to Run eyeshadow palette has every color I could ever imagine needing, from nudes to brights and mattes to shimmers.

And, why didn’t you all tell me that Urban Decay’s eye pencils were so creamy and bright?

Anyway, I decided to switch things up a bit by creating a dramatic green eye. I finished the look with Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Rich Mauve-Nude

white shirt

For more ways to style a white shirt and jeans, see here and here.