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Upgrading shirt buttons to add style
Transforming a work-a-day store-bought blouse
Kristina C
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Date: 6/3/09 9:49 PM

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone has taken the time to upgrade buttons on a blouse and gotten a boost out of a typical shirt? I bought a couple of nicely-fitted blouses from JCrew, one in black the other in a pale blue, and I'm thinking of giving them some extra punch with prettier buttons than the standard shirt buttons they came with (3/8"). Has anyone done this before and decided it was worth it (or not)? I have some nicer blouses from boutiques and they certainly are distinguished by nicer buttons.

Appreciate any thoughts!
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Date: 6/3/09 10:35 PM

It's a great way to change a ho hum blouse or to revive something that fits well but you are tired of. You can add a punch of color or change to more sporty or dressier. I've even made polymer clay buttons to match and punch up some blouses I liked. Any change like this becomes a design feature. Go for it!

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Date: 6/4/09 7:12 AM

I've never changed buttons on blouses, but I used to change them on RTW suit jackets all the time. It's a great way to add a touch of individual style to your clothes.

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Date: 6/4/09 9:50 AM

I've changed the clear buttons on RTW white shirts to white buttons. I think the shirts now look dressier. I also changed the white buttons on a RTW LS white shirt with red & navy top stitching to red & navy buttons alternating down the front to make it more fun (with a red one on one cuff & a navy button on the other).
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Date: 6/4/09 10:43 AM

Go for it. I have done it many times, not only for blouses but for suit jackets. Upgrading the buttons can add a big WOW to an outfit.

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Date: 6/6/09 10:16 AM

I have done this on a couple of vests. Your idea to change shirt buttons is a good one. How about posting some pictures when you're done?

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Date: 6/6/09 10:38 AM

I was in my local indie store a few weeks ago, and overheard a 20-something on her cell phone: "I want to make something and I've been in this place for hours. I feel like an old woman." Hmmmmph. What she was actually doing was picking out trims and buttons to change some RTW that she had with her. She chose some great buttons to customize a pair of sailor-pant shorts, and rhinestone buttons to add personality to a pinstripe shirtdress that she called "boring". She had a good eye for details and her RTW was instantly upgraded and made much more unique. In other words: change those buttons!

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Date: 6/6/09 7:29 PM

You've all convinced me the effort will be worthwhile, thanks! I went to a local store called Windsor Button in Boston, but unfortunately found that they don't have "good" buttons in the smaller size used on the cuff. All they had in that size were regular shirt-style used on RTW, a pearlized clear. So I'll be looking on-line... Oh, and I will be happy to post before and after pictures.

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