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You know that white button-down you have stashed away in your closet? Dig it out now. This old standby is the perfect piece to pair with pretty much everything else you own (like that crop top you seldom wear or that LBD that’s a little too showy for the office). Here, nine new ways to rock your classic collared shirt.

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Tucked into a midi skirt

Ever wonder what ?business casual? actually means? This is it.

Get the look: BLQ Basiq pencil midi skirt ($46); Trouvé split midi skirt ($78); T by Alexander Wang flared midi ($350)

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Under a cropped sweater

Also known as ?how grown women wear crop tops.?

Get the look: Zara striped sweater ($40); Topshop ribbed sweater ($55); DKNY crewneck sweater ($195)

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As part of a monochromatic look

News flash: White-on-white is shockingly slimming.

Get the look: BCBG wide culottes ($158); A.L.C. wrap skirt ($176); Milly column skirt ($325)

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With a handkerchief

Two understated classics make for one trendy ensemble.

Get the look: Forever 21 polka dot bandana ($4); Free People striped kerchief ($38); Rockins paisley skinny scarf ($145)

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Tucked into preppy shorts

File this under: what to wear to every barbecue this summer.

Get the look: Old Navy twill shorts ($23); & Other Stories pleated shorts ($90); Zeus + Dione silk shorts ($270)

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With boyfriend jeans and statement accessories

Kind of a no-brainer. But it’s all in the accoutrements. Upgrade the ol’ collared-shirt-and-jeans combo with fierce heels and a statement bag. 

Get the look: Schutz caged sandals ($190); Vasic Collection satchel ($405)

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Under a dress

Make any dress (yes, even that low-cut one you wore to a bachelorette party once) more “work-appropriate” by layering a crisp, button-down underneath.

Get the look: J.O.A. pleated dress ($70); Club Monaco denim sheath dress ($229); Vince V-neck dress ($375)

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Under a sleeveless sweater

Another office-ready outfit: Try turning that sleeveless sweater into a vest.

Get the look: Banana Republic tank sweater ($68); Catherine Catherine Malandrino striped sweater ($78); Vivetta embroidered sweater ($280)

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For a black-tie event

Tuck your shirt into a floor-length skirt and accessorize with a sleek clutch for a surprisingly elegant look.

Get the look: Adrianna Papell tafetta skirt ($128); Elizabeth and James split leg skirt ($395); Michael Lo Sordo pleated satin skirt ($840)

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