Sometimes, it’s the simplest of twists to carry the biggest of impacts, particularly in the fashion world where it takes a stroke of genius to reinvent something as basic as the buttoning of a shirt. Button the bottom half and you get a gorgeous plunging neckline, of that we knew already, but invert the process – button up the top few and leave the rest to float open wide – and the result should feel like wearing a crop top in reverse.

Something so simple, yet so inventive is bound to help you reinvent your wardrobe with little effort whatsoever. If you’re keen on baring some midriff this spring by the way of an inspired little twist, look no further. Read on after the break to learn how to wear the inverse shirt buttoning now.

shirt unbuttoned from the bottom up

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From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14
From the bottom up: S/S '14

Inverse shirt buttoning.

The inverse buttoning is a rather versatile development allowing you to use it on boyfriend shirts, on classic button downs, on lightweight dresses, keeping in mind that it can also be done with jackets, blazers and cardigans, put on simple layers, or a cool bandeau. In terms of styling, here’s a glimpse at how the designers did it on the spring 2014 runways:

Inverse shirt buttoning with shorts.

There’s an effortless feel describing the mixing of a light shirt with a pair of shorts – be it boyish, or sexy – during the warm days of spring and summer. To do this by adding the inverse shirt buttoning to the mix try:

  • teaming a boyfriend shirt with a pair of laid-back elastic-waist boxing shorts, for more of a masculine-inspired look; a pair of Mary Jane pumps + the exposed midriff will add the needed amount of femininity;
  • styling a more delicate shirt with a pair of ripped denim shorts, a pair of cowboy boots and a leather biker jacket, for a carefree yet modern look;
  • keeping the accessorizing to a minimal in both cases, opting for a fresh face and bare lips, or a natural look framed by strong brows instead.

Inverse shirt buttoning for spring
Inverse shirt buttoning at Alexander Wang and Diesel Black Gold, S/S ’14

Inverse shirt buttoning with skirts.

To keep the femininity in check while sporting a basic piece that carries such a strong menswear influence, try pairing the inverse buttoned shirt with a skirt for a half-masculine look overflowing with sensuality. For this:

  • layer the inverse buttoned shirt on top of a black bandeau, styling it with a mid-length skirt;
  • for added impact accessorize the look with an oversized, low-slung belt, or a pair of suspenders;
  • or choose to simply build a monochrome outfit allowing the details to do all the talking: the exposed midriff, a few studded details and a pair of statement boots will do;

Inverse shirt buttoning for spring
Inverse shirt buttoning at Rodarte and Diesel Black Gold, S/S ’14

Inverse buttoning with dresses.

When it comes to the inverse buttoning, there’s no requirement to keep it to shirts. Trust the impact to be the same if the ingenious twist is done with a button front dress:

  • go for a printed dress worn with a pair of matching shorts for a look that nods to the ’90s; if you don’t want to expose too much skin simply layer a crop top underneath the dress;
  • team a button front dress with menswear inflicted tailoring, to a pair of high-waisted briefs and a chic bandanna for a look fitted for a summer vacation;
  • opt for a sheer dress left unbuttoned for a super-daring look, and ditch the briefs for a silk slip dress that’s infinitely more wearable.

Inverse shirt buttoning for spring
Inverse buttoning at Carven, Trussardi and John Richmond, S/S ’14

Inverse buttoning: dress over pants.

For more of a casual approach fitted for daily wear, the button front dress can also be worn over a pair of pants:

  • layer a sheer menswear-inspired shirt-dress over a pyjama pant to make the look unconventional, slouchy and cool;
  • mix a printed shirt with a pair of relaxed leather pants, adding nothing more than a pair of slip-on shoes to the mix;
  • go ultra-chic by toning down the look with a subtle peep at your belly button, a pair of tailored pants and a matching button front dress; the accessories in this case should bear a luxurious feel, while going monochrome stands for the safest option.

Inverse shirt buttoning for spring
Inverse buttoning at Costello Tagliapietra, Sergei Grinko and Trussardi, S/S ’14

Inverse buttoning: blazers & jackets.

For the slightly colder days, or for looks that you can trust to safely transition you into fall, apply the inverse buttoning to tailored blazers, oversized jackets and delicate cardigans inspired by the ’90 . That way, the open triangle could reveal anything in between a classic button down (to which you can also do the inverse buttoning, talk about double-effect), a mini shift floral dress, or any other variation of tops. Trust a choker necklace, a smudge of kohl liner and a deep side-part to complement the effortless looks.

Inverse shirt buttoning for spring
Inverse buttoning at Viktor & Rolf and Carven, S/S ’14

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