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Reimagine The Classic Button-Down With These Inspired Looks

A closet staple redefined.

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The button-down long-sleeve shirt is a closet staple every woman should own. With access to multiple sizes, colors, and prints, we can use this shirt style to maximize our wardrobe in so many ways. In particular, a white button-down is the most classic of them all and can be worn as a comfortable go-to for countless daytime looks. With most of us returning to work, as well as temperatures rising here in the US to make way for summer, our wardrobe is shifting yet again to meet our daily needs. From the office chic to daytime brunches, here are a few ways to live in your white button-down shirt.

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Look 1: The Office

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Most Americans spend more time at the office than we do with our families. Being in love with our 9-5 outfits creates a more enjoyable and confident work experience for many of us. A great option for a professional look is pairing a lightweight summer wrap skirt along with a white button-down, elevating both pieces by keeping it work appropriate yet chic at the same time.

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Look 2: Dress it Up

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To me, the perfect weekend outfit is a button-down dress that can be worn casually or chic depending on the day's plans. This is easily one of my favorite lazy looks and it pairs effortlessly with a sneaker, sandal or wrap around heel. As such, the button-down shirt dress is a staple that will soon become a closet favorite. If you're in the mood for daytime chic, add a belt to create more shape to your button-down. Pair with a bright wrap around sandal along with a cute bag, and you'll realize finding your outfit for the day was easier than finding your car keys!

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Look 3: No Beach, No Problem

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As creatures of habit, being inside these past few months has made more than a few of us more comfortable with the idea of enjoying our own homes. If you had to cancel that all-inclusive tropical beach vacation this summer, set up a cute spot outdoors with your newly purchased swimsuit paired with a white button-down as an oversized alternative to a cover up. Super chic yet conservative, enjoy a tan session in the backyard complete with a favorite read and lots of sunlight.

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

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In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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