Dress shirts and t-shirts are from two different worlds. Button-up dress shirts scream business and preppy fashion, while T-shirts are a casual fashion statement found in college dorm rooms. Brave, fashion-forward chicas can pull off both looks by wearing their favorite T-shirt over a button-up shirt. Unfortunately, while this outfit has mad potential, it can go from chic to dumpy fast when the shirts aren't the right size. Correct sizing makes all the difference in a button-up and T-shirt combination.
Try on button-up shirts until you find one the correct size. Your button-up should be form-fitting and hug your beautiful, curvy figure. If you're unsure of your size, measure around your waist as well as your chest at the widest point. Consult a size chart to find your size. For instance, a lady with a 37-inch chest and 29-inch waist would look best in a medium button-up shirt. Avoid loose shirts when adding a T-shirt over it since it'll add bulk. After all, you don't want to look bigger than you actually are. Nobody wants that!
Button up the shirt almost to the top. The shirt shouldn't be opened much lower than the collar of the T-shirt you throw on over it. For the height of casual chicness, leave only one or two buttons undone.
Try on T-shirts over your button-up. Just like with the dress shirt, your T-shirt should be perfectly fitted to your body. Big shirts will add unwanted bulk and hide your womanly curves. Pick a T-shirt that hugs your body but isn't so tight that it resembles the breathtaking features of a corset.
Pull the collar of the button-up out from underneath the T-shirt. You have two options for collar fashion. If you're going for a sleek, elegant look, keep the dress shirt collar laying flat against the T-shirt collar. For a bit of fierceness, pop the collar up around your neck. Just that one difference can turn a preppy country club look into fashion suitable for a lunch date at a trendy bistro in the city.
Unless your T-shirt is also long-sleeved, stick with a short-sleeved, button-up shirt. The lack of bulk will keep you looking sleek and fashionable.
Avoid button-up shirts with thick buttons. The bigger buttons will add texture down the front of the T-shirt, and that's not pretty.