Monday, July 26, 2010

The Revival of the Blouse


1. Topshop Doily Print Oversize Blouse $90
2. Paul & Joe Sister Blossom Blouse $51.97 (sale)
3. See By Chloe Star Print Blouse $395
4. Tucker The Blouse $184.99 (sale)
5. Forever 21 Spot Blended Silk Blouse $27.80
6. Topshop Jacquard Blouse $80

Although the word "blouse" tends to evoke images of our grandma's wardrobe, I've always had many blouses hanging in my closet. I've always worn them regularly to work. But only recently have I transitioned them from my work wardrobe to my weekend wear. Suddenly, blouses are everywhere, paired with shorts, skirts, skinny jeans, you name it! I feel like I just hit the wardrobe jackpot and have countless new options by converting my work clothes into stylish weekend outfits! Are you embracing the Blouse?

47 comments:

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Oh I know what you mean. I've been raiding mom's closet and making her blouse work with out outfits. They actually look pretty chic

Katie said...

Definitely a great trend. So many amazing choices right now!

Mandy said...

I love all of those blouses. Pretty, feminine blouses are definitely on my must have list lately.

style'n said...

Valerie
Hmmm..I can't say I have many of these but looks like I have a few options now! And...all my friends who work keep asking me how to transition work clothes to the weekend. Would love to see you in one of those fabulous blouses. Hope you had a really nice weekend,
Naina

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Love love love #3! You could wear it anywhere, with anything. Great blouses. :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Oh yes! I'm a huge fan of blouses and definitely have a weak spot for bows-ties. xo

Café Bellini said...

I like blouses but I find them such a hassle to wash and iron... Do you take them to the dry cleaner's or iron them yourself? Very curious.

mel said...

i love these!, you can tuck them into anything and they look great:) fab post
x
mel

peterbellandtinkerpan.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Definitely yes!
Try them with mini denim cut offs. It's an amazing look.


xx
Nikki

Cara said...

OF COURSE I like the most expensive one! haha

Diana Mieczan said...

Such a lovely trend....I have a few and I love to wear them...The third one is so pretty:)
You have a the best picks:)
Kisses,sweetie and see you soon:)

Lindsay said...

Love the blouses with skinny jeans! Great choices you featured :)

Krystal said...

very cute, this has definitely inspired me to embrace it more!

PursuitOfLLT said...

Definitely a fan of the blouses. Have to wear them all the time for work so now when I shop for one I think hmm can I wear this out at 11pm on Saturday?? Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, JCrew and Banana are my top picks for blouses. Only comment on Anthro's are that sometimes they're so unique that you can't wear them often b/c it will seem like you never change! (or maybe that's my paranoia...)

Happy Monday! Even though Mondays aren't usually happy you're one day closer to the weekend, woohoo!

http://pursuitofllt.blogspot.com/

Kiki said...

Love these - reminds me of vintage and they can be dressed up, like pinup girls or dressed down..Happy Monday!!! So, stop by to see my great reveal: an ENTIRE week of great giveaways!!!

XOXO
Kiki

Ife' said...

I've totally gone vintage blouse crazy lately. I scour thrift shops looking for as many blouses as I can!

xoxo,
Eboni Ife'
The Fashionista Next Door

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I do love blouses! They seem so lady-like and remind me of retro styles. I love number three!

I can't remember which episode it was, but it was towards the end of the season on How I Met Your Mother. Worth watching! Funny and thought-provoking!

Marcie said...

Anytime I can make something from work make sense for the weekend, I am all over it! I do have some blouses that I wear to the office, but I really haven't thought about wearing them on the weekend too. I have to start! Thanks for the great tip and take on shopping your own closet!

xo Marcie

Torrie said...

I need to see a visual!! Maybe in a future 'outfit post??'

I'm sure they would look great, but I'm not sure on me! Maybe once I see on you though...

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

i love the third blazer!

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Cafe Fashionista said...

I am totes embracing the blouse - I have seen so many gorgeous ones on ShopBop!! :)

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Honey I've been embracing the blouse all over the place!!! Love your selections.
And when are you going to come to WA and be my personal stylist again??

this free bird said...

Blouse used to be a dirty word, but now it's so...I don't know, chic?? And so perfect with denim, shorts, skirts - you name it!! Good call on this one Valerie!!

xoxo,
Carrie

Martwa Marta said...

perfect with jeans, tulip skirt, and so feminine! yay for the blouse!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

I love the feminine blouse on jean shorts look. Too cold for that here, but it's definitely stylin' :)

Elaine said...

I havne't been a fan of blouses but lately I've wanted more! I realized I didn't have any dressier tops!

clothed much, a modest fashion blog

Café Bellini said...

(Thanks so much for letting me know!!! I'd always wondered.)

Sarah said...

ha ha oh my gosh I totally feel like a dork when people see us. The other day we were taking a picture and this really old couple started waving and yelling hi at us. I was like....what have I become...a tourist attraction.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh yes I love blouses. Have quite a few of them. I haven't been wearing them in the summer though cause it's just too hot. Can't wait for fall and for ladylike to take over for a bit.

Hope u had a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Bren said...

Yes!! Loving blouses, especially with shorts! I've bought a few recently, but I feel like I need more! Definitely a trend that will take us into Fall!

Great post Valerie!

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Join the Gossip said...

Cute options! I actually have a shirt almost exactly like the last one, except I got it at H&M. I actually just wore it on Friday, too =)

Erica said...

I love these! I definitely need to pick up some new blouses for fall.

Lee Oliveira said...

You are making the girls crazy!
They love all of them.. And guess what??!! ne too..
LOx

Becca said...

I have a weakness for blouses with ties at the neck. I think there's a naughty retro secretary inside me just waiting to come out.

Elle said...

I love a blouse paired with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans - Tucker blouses are my fave, but all of these are lovely!

Anna Jane said...

love the blouse...it's an essential for the working girl!

xx,
anna jane
http://seejaneworkplaylive.blogspot.com

Jammer said...

I could all of these for work! Love em!

http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

Kristin said...

I can so see #3 tucked into a high waisted skirt!

georgia~gigi said...

I really like #2! You will have to model for us :) because I am sure you look fabulous in one!
Smoochies
gi gi

Gabriel said...

You are all about the Grandma chic!

Josie said...

I LOVE numbers 3 and 6! I am also a big fan of the blouse; I think they can look so very chic.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

adri said...

haha it's so funny how certain words can remind us of our grandmas. then in fifty years, kids will be like "wow, they used to call them 't-shirts'? weird!"

Melissa said...

What lovely, feminine picks!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I adre blouses. I think they make anyoutfit look chic. I wear them quite a bit. Have a nice Tuesday;-)

Leia said...

I love blouses! I would wear them all the time, except I hate ironing :P

Leia

trishie said...

oh i do love a ladylike blouse, your selections are pretty!

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MyLittlePhotographs said...

The one from Forever 21 is actually my favorite, really pretty!