How to Get the “Business as Usual” Look With Button-Up Shirts

Jay-Z once famously rapped in a Kanye West song, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” Jay was onto something there—what better to way to show that you are a straight-up boss, than to upgrade your business attire? If you want to be taken seriously in the boardroom, try on the eternally chic button-up shirt.

The thought of wearing the style might make you cringe. Understandably, it can be hard to find a shirt that fits just so, that darts and tucks and hugs in at all of the right places, but one that also isn’t going to be so tight that you’re exposing sweaty armpits anytime you move your arms.

How to Get the "Business as Usual" Look With Button-Up Shirts

Luckily, there are so many different types of shirts that you can adapt to your working woman wardrobe. For those who prefer to go pant-less in the summer heat, try incorporating a shirtdress into your rotation—it’s professional and still breezy on suffocating days.

If you’re more adventurous, try on something with asymmetrical tailoring a la brands like Monse. A traditional Oxford shirt never fails to look clean and classic, either. Pair it with blue jeans and you’ve got yourself a casual yet elevated, monochromatic look.


Embellished-cuff cotton shirt

529$ $317


High-rise straight-leg jeans



Almond-toe leather loafers

426$ $127


Cady bergman tartan-print leather cross-body bag

$2,690 $1,883


Twisty shell-drop clip-on earrings



Gold-hoop leather belt

$710 $426

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