Is there anything more inherently feminine than a beautiful blouse? From subtle details to bold allover statements like ruffles, bows, smocking and applique, a good blouse can be an outfit’s supporting player or its shining star. Plus, blouses have a wonderful versatility that allow you to create various outfits with one key piece and dozens of pairing options. Here’s a look at how I styled one of my favorite blouses of the season — with a vintage approach.
This sheer tie-neck blouse by Michael Kors has such a great vintage vibe that I had to play it up to create a posh ’40s-inspired look. The blouse, which comes with its own built-in camisole, is sexy yet polished, making it a great choice for both the office or date night. I paired it with one of my favorite skirts this season, a metallic pleated midi skirt by Ruff Hewn GREY. This skirt, which is fabulously comfortable, is flattering in a cute A-line style that makes it a great match for chunky knit sweaters, turtlenecks, tees and of course, blouses. And the metallic tone is unexpected yet not too loud.
To top off the look, I chose an oversized boyfriend coat from Vera Wang, which looks luxe on the shoulders or in its intended fashion. Because the skirt is fitted at the waist, the tucked-in blouse gives a more tailored effect, and allows for an oversized coat to be worn but not overpower your frame. All in all, it’s one chic look!
There’s a lot going on with this look — a metallic pleated skirt, a sheer blouse with a tie neck and a menswear chic coat — so the accessories needed to work with the look, not compete with it. That’s a whole lotta texture!
To that end, I added a fun pair of jeweled hoop earrings and a silver bracelet for just a hint of sparkle. For the shoes, I wanted to play up the vintage vibe, so I chose black patent leather heels with an intricate lace-up design. So gorgeous!
And last but definitely not least, this Coach satchel, boasting an embellished front with quilting details, is the “it” handbag for fall/winter 2016. If I had to name one single thing that makes this look come together, it’s definitely that bag — swoon!
This season, pick up a few blouses to work into your holiday party rotation. They are a fab mix-and-match with skirts and pants alike, and can be topped off with your favorite jacket, sweater or coat. And don’t forget that statement handbag to bring your look perfectly together.
“Because the skirt is fitted at the waist, the tucked-in blouse gives a more tailored effect, and allows for an oversized coat to be worn but not overpower my frame. All in all, it’s one chic look!”