The Sheer Button-Down Shirt

I am a slave to fashion, but some trends, I just can’t get on board with; not because they’re ugly, or even that I don’t like them, but simply because I can’t picture myself in them, or because when standing in them under the harsh light of a dressing room, the truth is painfully obvious – I look like a total dork in a lot.  A lot, I tell you.

Which brings me to the button-down blouse.  You know how some women, women like Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, and other leggy Hollywood heroines, look amazing in a man’s button-down?  I do not.  There is nothing more un-sexy than me wearing my husband’s shirts.  And even the female versions, the fitted, tailored, J.crew and Banana Republic versions that taper ever-so-slightly at the waist, well those don’t look good on me either.  My sister, she looks like a rock star in button-downs.  I’ve tried on her chambray shirts, I look like a lame pasty farmer.

I like the updated sheer versions that so many fashion bloggers are wearing.  At least then I can sport a funky bra or camisole, and pretend to still look feminine – collar and all.  On the other hand, I think some girls just look effortless and ah-mazing in the button-down.  But I don’t.  And I’m cool with that.

Clockwise from top right: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

(By the way, the second shirt in the top row totally reminds me of something Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert, would wear.  Didn’t she just have the cutest, most laid-back style? #RealityTVJunkie)



  1. Haha. I always thought I could pull off the button down, but I just look weird. The sheer though. I might have to try that…

  2. Natasha

    I also really liked Ashley’s style! I love wearing button down shirts but I’m a bit skinny so use them to give me more volume 🙂

  3. I love those blouses, but I sure didn’t like Ashley’s style. Every now and then she had a hit, but mostly I thought the clothes were wearing her. Anyway, I’m sure there is a lovely button down blouse out there made just for you. What about ones that naturally go in at the waist?


  4. Molliee

    you are hilarious! I love a button up!

  5. I heart me some reality TV as well! That Ashley sure had a bangin body, didn’t she????

  6. Sheer blouses have been my wardrobe go to for a while now – perfect for work or going out, and ideal for Texas weather. Love that cobalt blouse!

  7. Hilary

    I actually love wearing this trend tied with a high-waisted skirt. Have a great day!

    XX Hilary

  8. i’m addicted to button downs. they are so effortless and chic.

  9. Heather

    I loved Ashley’s style! …but she annoyed me. Didn’t stop me from being totally addicted to the show! 🙂

  10. I am also totally in love with the sheer blouses. As much as I love my man’s plaid, I just don’t feel as sexy in it.

  11. Ali

    Where are the blouses from on the top?

    • Lexi

      Unfortunately I don’t know! Sorrry!

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  13. Mandy

    Ugh! I totally know how you feel.
    So jealous of those girls who can pull off button downs. Esp. the ones with really cute collars, and prints, and such!

  14. How do I puchase one of these sheer blouses? I am kind of confused

    • Lexi

      Hi Beverly! The post was from 2012 so most of these are now sold out, but Nordstrom has a great selection:

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