Daily Outfit: Working the Button-down

Already Pretty recently had a post on how to rock button-down shirts, and that inspired me to dig out some of the button-downs I never wear and breathe new life into them.  I have posted a couple of button-down outfits before, most of them involving my short sleeve white striped button down that has become on of my staples.  However, I find long sleeved button downs daunting for some reason.  In this outfit, I think I may have finally found a way to rock it.


The only problem is that this is definitely not a summer in Florida outfit.  It works fine as long as I’m in air-conditioning, but the combination of long sleeves and a waist-cinching belt had me seriously sweating after about five minutes of walking outdoors.  Then again, no matter what you wear at this time of year, you sweat after five minutes outdoors around here.  Still, I think that for the summer, short-sleeved and three-quarter sleeved button downs are the best bet.


That denim skirt is another Diana original that I just finishing sewing on Sunday.  I feel like I still haven’t quite mastered fit, although this got close enough to being perfect to feel comfortable wearing it to work.  I’d like to get a dress form sometime soon, because I think that will help me crack that last barrier in learning how to sew perfectly fitting garments.


I’ve also got a question for my lovely readers.  I’m getting ready to start interviewing for elementary media specialist positions in about a month, and I’m trying to plan my interview outfits.  Do you think that dark denim, like this skirt or a pair of dark denim slacks, is appropiate for an interview? Or is denim an absolute faux pas for those situations?

I think that styled this way, with lots of crisp professional finishes such as high heels, a leather purse, pearls and a button-down, can make it work, but I want to be sure that I’m giving off a professional and friendly vibe.  But I’d like to know what you think.

Blouse: Old Navy
Skirt: Sewn by me
Shoes: Clarks Navan
Belt: Vintage
Purse: Easy Spirit
Pearls: Coryell Design
Watch: Target


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12 Responses to Daily Outfit: Working the Button-down

  1. Modest Mom says:

    I love it! That looks awesome on you.

    I don’t know a lot about the field you are going into. You know more about how casual the field is. I think overdressing can be just as bad as under dressing during interviews. Do you know anyone in the field or a group you can observe? Take their basics and move them up one notch and you should be great.


  2. Goober says:

    The belt over the button-down is really cute.

    As to the denim in an interview, I think it depends on how casual your field is. I think it’s always better to be over dressed, rather than under dressed for an interview.


  3. sarah says:


    unless you’re going for a corporate position (i.e. law firm, banking, consulting, etc…), dark denim (dressed up a bit) is perfectly fine. Your current outfit is appropriate for an interview as long as you threw on a blazer and wore close-toed shoes. i think wearing open-toe sandals is worse than wearing denim.

    Wear what you feel the most comfortable and confident in to the interview; if you have reservations about wearing denim and think you might start worrying about it during the interview, i wouldn’t recommend it.

    Good luck!


  4. Waldy says:

    Hey, Diana! I’m de-lurking to answer your question, but wanted to say first that I’m a fan of your blog. Thank you for your classy but realistic outfits–I take a lot of inspiration from them!

    I am also a teacher and live in a very hot and humid southern climate and I vote NO NO NO to the denim for interviews. Believe me, I know it’s hard to find an interview suit that you can wear this time of year without melting. But most school administrators that I know would expect a suit.

    Also, at many schools (including mine) teachers aren’t allowed to wear denim ever, even jean skirts. You definitely don’t want to be less formally dressed at your interview than those interviewing you.

    Finally, I think you should assume that your interviewers will be older than you–not every generation considered denim appropriate for the workplace. I think you should err on the side of conservative. You want their first impression to be “Ah! A professional!” and not, “Are those JEANS she’s wearing to an interview?!”

    Good luck with those interviews! Keep us posted.


  5. academichic says:

    I think you’re rocking that button down – nice job! I also love the new masthead on your site, but that’s because I just love those yellow shoes!

    As for the denim skirt at an interview question – I agree with the above that it depends on the field and the casualness of the position you’re applying for. Usually, a really dark denim like this skirt I would think to be pretty professional, but an interview is just such a tricky thing and I also think that erring on the overdressed side for an interview is the safe way to go!

    Good luck! S.


  6. Clare says:

    Great outfit! In terms of interviews (as you know, I’ve had a LOT lately), I almost always steer clear of denim. Even if I’m a tiny bit out of my normal fashion comfort zone, I always try to wear the MOST professional thing I can find. If I have a suit, that’s it. Or pencil skirt and pumps. Something professional yet not-too-memorable. You want them to remember YOU, not your awesome skirt!


  7. Sher says:

    I like how the shirt does the pattern mixing for you. Pretty look!


  8. Patricia says:

    I like your blog and your outfits. I definately think that you should NOT wear any type of jeans on an interview. I would go with nice black pants, with closed toe dress shoes, and a nice top possibly with a jacket. I know its hot in Florida. When I had to interview during the summer I would wait right until I walked through the door to put my jacket on. Its just more professional to wear a nice fitted suit to an interview. It shows that you are taking this very seriously and that you are making an effort. Also when I used to do the interviewing for positions at my old job we always noticed what the person was wearing, and if they had on a suit we definately paid more attention to them. You would be shocked and amazed at what some people try to pull off wearing in interviews.


  9. kirafashion says:

    Lovely! I adore the belt!

    Kisses and hugs!



  10. Jen says:

    Love this look, that belt is especially cute 🙂


  11. puglyfeet says:

    That’s it. I’m going to look for a nice belt this summer.

    Love your new layout here. And those shoes are to die for!


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