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An important element of mixing and matching wardrobe pieces is learning to wear a standard piece in different ways. Today, I want to show you an easy way to tie a button-up shirt at the waist.

Tie A Button Up Shirt

Tie A Button Up Shirt

When it comes to fashion over 40, bulk is one thing that I try to eliminate at all cost. Tying a button-up over a longer shirt is a great way accentuate the waist while still keeping a long line underneath. This draws the eye up-and-down instead of side-to-side.

However, you typically end up with a heavy roll of material when you try to bunch it up to tie at the waist. The last thing we want is extra volume around the waist! So, I came up with a simple trick to tie a button up shirt at the waist without bunching up the excess fabric.

tie a button up shirt

You can see that the end result lies flat against the body with adding one inch to the waistline. It also sits smoothly across the back, so it’s a lot more flattering.

I love thinking of creative ways to make all kinds of clothing work for women over 40. Do you have a fashion question or concern? If so, I would love to help you come up with a solution. Feel free to ask me a question in the comments or get in touch with my comment form.

My Refined Style Is Back On Thursday

It’s time for another issue of the My Refined Style Fashion Over 40 Linkup this Thursday. I love this special opportunity to see the creative, inspiring looks from my fellow over-40 fashionistas! All of you definitely prove that fabulous has no age.

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I hope you to see you all back on Thursday. Have a fabulously fashionable week!

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  1. Love the yellow with the chambray!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


  2. jess says:

    Hi Shellie!
    Great tips and I love the cream yellow under your charmbray shirt. Yellow is a great color of you.

  3. Ada says:

    Hi Shellie, I am Ada. I have stopped by before. Your casual everyday looks are so polished while looking comfy and presentable. =) Like the one today. Well done!

    Welcome by my blog. Also, I run a linkup on Thursdays. This week’s current, brand-new linkup is live (a day early). I would love for you to join it. Thank you.

    Have a great weekend!! Ada =)

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Ada,

      I just added your linkup to my list…see you next week!

  4. Karren says:

    I always battle with making that cute little knot in a blouse, you make it so easy, thanks for the tips.
    Have a great week!

  5. Oh what great tips. Going to try these out, thanks! Stopping by from Two Peas In a Blog 🙂

  6. Patti says:

    This looks so fresh and fun, Shellie. Must try. Thanks for linking up, xox


  7. Jayne Ragheb says:

    If I would just take the time instead of always being in a hurry. This will make me stop and take the time to make sure it’s neat. Thanks for the tips.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Taking just a tad more time makes a big difference and the shirt feels so much better when it’s tied this way. Thanks for stopping by, Jayne.

  8. You shirt looks great tied! And wearing clothes different ways is a great way to add variety to your outfits without actually adding more clothes!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Exactly Andrea, it’s amazing how much mileage you can get out of your wardrobe when you wear items different ways.

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