OOTD Inspo: Styling a Men's Shirt for Women

10:27 PM

Hey everyone!

Long time no see! I hope you are all doing well! I’m just chillin here greeting you guys while wearing this men’s dress shirt I borrowed from a friend. No big deal. Nothing out of the ordinary for me. Just kidding, because it is. It’s definitely something different for me. I’ve seen all over Pinterest and Instagram ways to style a men’s shirt for women, whether it be transforming it into a dress, or simply wearing an oversized one for a casual outfit, but I’ve never actually gone and tried it out myself. Today I wanted to give you guys something fun and creative for some style inspiration, and hopefully I succeeded in styling this men’s shirt!

This post was inspired (but not sponsored) by a company called Dia & Co, which is a curated shopping experience that allows you to try out various clothing items before you decide whether it is for you and purchase it! It’s all online, so it’s perfect for all you lazy hermits out there (myself included). Through a Dia & Co subscription, you essentially get a Dia box that has 5 items that are hand-picked just for you. By creating a personal style profile, stylists will be able to figure out the best pieces for you. You get to try them on in the comfort of your own home, return the ones you don’t like and only buy the ones you like.

With that, having a personal stylist through this online shopping experience gives you the opportunity to experiment with things you wouldn’t have thought of before. This allows you to try out things you normally wouldn’t wear. Sometimes it’s good to break that barrier, and toss away the security blanket. You can’t always resort to the things that fit within your comfort zone, or else you will never get the chance to try out new styles that you love but haven’t dared to wear.

They say fake it till you make it. I keep that phrase in my head whenever I hesitate to wear something different from what I normally do. But you don’t need to take a huge leap. Small baby steps work too. Which is pretty much what I did here today. Confidence is key when rocking any and all outfits.

As mentioned before, I always see pictures on Pinterest and Instagram of women incorporating men’s shirts into their own outfits. They would do things like wrap it around in a certain way and tie the sleeves to create a strapless dress, or pull down the collar and button it up only enough for an off-the-shoulder style. Or just simply throwing it on and wearing it as a casual shirt-dress. I come across many of those, and I always wanted to try. But never actually got around to doing it. Today, though. I did. I finally tried that out. And I gotta say, it was really exciting and fun to wear something that makes me just a bit nervous and hesitant.

I borrowed a shirt from my friend that is a color I actually do not own at all. I literally own nothing lavender. And yet, surprisingly, that color worked really well with things I already had. I guess this style challenge almost goes two ways, styling a men’s shirt and trying out a color I never really thought of wearing before. All my clothes are typically brighter and vibrant in color and pattern, or else they are muted and neutral. I don’t think I own anything that’s pastel hued, except for maybe some pajamas or tank tops. I am definitely pleasantly surprised that this worked out so well with items from my existing wardrobe.

In a way, I branched out and tried something fun and out of my comfort zone, while still maintaining a good grasp on my security blanket. I didn’t go and wear something completely crazy and wild. Like I mentioned previously, baby steps. Just different enough to make you question if this actually works, without giving you too much anxiety that you need a paper bag over your head to leave the house.

Here I styled the lavender shirt with a black and white printed skirt I got last year. You might recognize it from one of the posts from my New England cruise travel series I wrote last fall. I had to wear tights because it is still a bit chilly here in Seattle, even though it’s April. It was actually rainy out in the morning, but the sun came out just in time for these photos! I finished off the outfit with these grey ankle boots. The grey brings out the soft pastel lavender from the dress shirt because they are both cool-toned. If it was warmer out so that I hadn’t worn tights, I would have gone with my black lace-up ballerina flats, or some sandals instead. But, with the nearly opaque black tights, the grey shoes broke up the monotony of the black by bringing out the lavender of the top.

That same friend who I borrowed this shirt from happens to be my model for the JORD wood watch post from a while ago! He’s also an art major, and I got him to help me take these photos. You probably can tell the difference between these photos and ones I’ve had before in previous posts. Working with someone who is an artist is so different from working with my sister for photos. I usually get my sister to take my outfit photos, and for the most part I tell her where to stand to shoot from, essentially acting as part director. However, for these photos I acted only as the model, and my friend took prerogative as the photographer. There is such a distinct composition and technique difference when I got my friend to take these photos. I’ve never really worked with anyone else before for my outfit photos, so I am definitely considering getting more of my fellow artist friends to take photos for me to see that would turn out.

What do you think? Lemme know in the comments below your experiences working with photographers, and who usually takes your photos for you!

We really got lucky when the sun came out in time for these photos. It was a gloomy rainy day all morning. At first, I was planning on just going to this covered area for the pictures, but I am so glad we got to take these photos out in the sun by the blooming cherry blossom trees. These cherry blossoms are out later this year than previous years. They typically bloom mid March, but this year it took until late March to appear. As with every year, this is the time when the Quad gets insanely crowded with people because of the cherry blossoms. There were so many people out lounging on the grass, having picnics, bringing out their dogs, and of course taking pictures. It gets almost irritating with so many people there because it’s hard to get by. But yesterday ended up perfect because it wasn’t as crowded as it had been last week.

I love how the flowers and cherry blossoms created the perfect backdrop for these photos. They helped accentuate the spring feel. When there is a slight breeze, some of the petals would fall and flutter in the air, almost creating the effect of snow. Even though it is annoying how these cherry blossoms increase tourism, there is definitely something magical about it nevertheless. Where you guys live, do you get to experience the beauty of these cherry blossoms? 

I don't know if you guys noticed or not, but I actually recently cut my hair quite a bit! I chopped off about 7 inches or so. It feels really different when I'm styling my hair now! But, now that I've cut my hair to a shorter length, I'm tempted to chop it even shorter. Perhaps to a lob. Or even a bob. I probably won't because last time I did, it took awhile for it to grow back. And I always feel more limited in terms of styling my hair when my hair is shorter. Though I do really love having shorter hair too. Comment down below if you know what I mean! Also, lemme know what your biggest hair transformation ever was!

Comment down below what you thought! As a female, how would you style a men’s dress shirt? Do you like shopping in the men’s section? Lemme know down in the comments below what you think! I would love for more ideas on how you guys would style a men’s shirt! 

Thank you all for stopping by and reading! I hope you guys are having a fabulous week, and a wonderful April so far!

Til next time,

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  1. This outfit is great! I really like it.
    You look wonderful and amazing.


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  2. I have never tried wearing a men's shirt either but my boyfriend certainly has plenty of them so I should probably give it a try :) I love the look you have created here and also your shorter hair. I recently almost went for a lob too but chickened out at the last minute. If you fancy a change though I say go for it :) x

  3. Hii :) so nice to read your blog again! This lavander shirt is really nice and you style it so well! The boots and the skirt are so beautiful. As you know I'm a beauty blogger and it's so easy with photos! But sometimes I write about online shops and I need to take photos of my purchases and it's so hard as I need to do the photos by myself! I wish I can have someone really good at photography like your friend! xx


  4. Styling men's shirts can be so much fun and I love this one on you; the lilac colour is so flattering! The photography in this post is gorgeous by the way, your friend did a great job. Have a lovely week!


  5. Great look, lady- I love borrowing from the boys!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. I love styling men's shirts, although it's mostly graphic tees. I haven't tried anything with button ups, although I know what kind of pictures you're talking about and I think it's super chic. Yeah, when it comes to outfit shots (even though none of them are on the blog) I have my friend take mine for me and I'll take hers for her! We're not pros or even art students but it's just much easier! Even if it is really awkward to stand in front of the camera lol. Also, it's so funny that you just cut your hair because I just did too! Shoulder length as well. I'm really liking it, although I'd have to say my biggest hair transformation was bleaching my head blonde. Definitely something I'm going to do again, but I'm going to wait a while!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

  7. Hey! Great job styling the men's shirt. I like how you wore it tied in the front so it's fitted, feminine, and sexy. I actually hate (yes, I know hate is a strong word, but it might be the right word hahah) the trend of wearing a men's shirt tied like a strapless dress. I think it looks awful, and I was scrolling through your pictures and I got worried...not worried that I was going to see you rocking that awful trend, but worried that I was going to like it on you! hahha.
    Your pics are great and you have a great sense of personal style!

  8. Great post and photos. Love how you styled the shirt. Gemma x

  9. Male buttondowns are my favorite pieces!
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  10. I think that your hair looks beautiful, hun! :) Also, I love how you styled the men's shirt, you made the outfit looks so feminine and effortless! I like the idea of going outside of your comfort zone with fashion and trying something new. I always tend to stick to the same sort of colours, and there are some styles/colours that I would never wear (not because I don't like them, but because I don't think they would look good on me). So thank you for inspiring me to try something new! :) Thanks for sharing, lovely, and I hope that you're having a wonderful Easter weekend! xoxo


  11. Great outfit ! I love your skirt soo much *_*


  12. No big deal indeed!! You styled it well and you look great. Love it!


  13. First of all, I can't believe you don't own anything pastel! Pastel colors are the most beautiful shades ever created (this coming from anything pastel obsessed. haha!). Secondly, those cherry blossoms are huge! I've seen the ones in Korea and Japan but the one in your are is so much bigger and pinker. I would love to see them in person! Thirdly, I love how you tried something that is outside your usual style. I don't experiment much with styles too because I am comfortable and happy with my girly, feminine, pastel clothes. But sometimes it feels and looks refreshing to try something new. It just makes you feel accomplished. :)

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  14. I have never worn nothing from men's section in my casual style, but according to your experience with that trend I think that I should try it, because it seems out of my comfort zone - I'm short and I afraid that in oversized, men's clothes I'll look even shorter, ha :P What about lavender I'm happy that thanks to that outfit you found out that this pastel color suits to you beautifully, you look really pretty in this outfit and I love the photos :)
    Hope you're having lovely evening and thank you for each of your comment, dear. :)


  15. I love the way you've styled the shirt! I actually love masculine tailoring and often choose men's shirts over women's ones.
    Also fake it till you make it is pretty much my mantra!
    Farah x

  16. You look lovely in lavender so it's great you were able to give a new style and colour a try. I like the shirt knotted, and it's a nice way to add some colour to a black and white outfit too :)

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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