The Perfectly Professional Sleeveless Button-Down

18th July

Professional button-down with pants and jacket

Depending on your job, your work wardrobe could be a breeze. In just about every job though, there are times – meetings or interviews, let’s say – when more effort is required to look ultra business-like. For that mid-summer heat, there’s one shirt that keeps you extra cool and looks perfectly professional: the sleeveless button-down.

Professional sleeveless button-down shirt look

You might recall one of my recent work outfits including a sleeveless tee from THIS POST. If your workplace doesn’t have a super strict dress code, the tee can be styled to look quite professional. When you really want to impress your client or boss or someone else with your savvy work style, however, I would instead recommend the sleeveless button-down.

A Red Blazer

It goes nicely with a blazer for those times when air conditioning is set for male metabolisms. That is, about ten degrees below what is comfortable for us women.

Layering for the office

I chose a jacket in power-red. And to go with it, nude-colored pumps make the look more summery yet conservative.

When the air conditioning conks out or you’re really getting in the mode to roll up your sleeves, a sleeveless shirt is a treat. I’m wearing my button-down untucked, which I believe still looks polished. That is, since I’ve gone pretty monotone otherwise. A silk pussy bow blouse like one I wore HERE is another option for wearing a sleeveless yet still businessy look.

Work outfit of the day

Now I suppose there are some workplaces still in the Stone Age that don’t allow bare arms. I really hope that isn’t your lot! I work in a Bay Area courthouse, where we definitely have dress protocols. And fortunately, I see plenty of women wearing a top like this one. Hope you like the outfit!

Professional outfit with a sleeveless shirt

I wore: Wallmann shirt / Kate Spade pants / Theory blazer / Jimmy Choo pumps / Furla bag / Prada sunglasses

xo, janea


24 responses to “The Perfectly Professional Sleeveless Button-Down”

  1. María Pilar Bernal says:

    A really nice look. Thanks for sharing!
    New post in my Lifestyle Blog

  2. Paola Lauretano says:

    You’re, without any doubt, super professional, so classy, and absolutely elegant!
    Red & black is one of my fave color combos!
    Kisses, Paola.

  3. jacqui says:

    Very elegant and spot on for the office. Easy to wear and cooling – the perfect combination. Jacqui

  4. Dominique says:

    Super chic darling! Love black paired with red xx

  5. Gabrielle says:

    You absolutely can’t fill your wardrobe with too many of this style of shirt, they can be so handy and versatile! Love the bright pop of colour in the blazer too, very stylish 🙂

  6. Kris says:

    Your outfit looks super stylish!
    Have a lovely day!
    xx Kris

  7. Camila says:

    You look so professional and chic, I adore this outfit. Have a fantastic weekend!

    My Vogue Style |

  8. Liz says:

    Great look, thanks for sharing

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  9. Layla says:

    This is beautiful – love this post! Beautiful outfit!! 🙂

    Layla xx

  10. Tiffany says:

    Great outfit! Looks lovely on you x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

  11. Kara Aragon says:

    Chic look & love the location

    Kara Aragon

  12. Amy Arnold says:

    Such a great, versatile top!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style


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