Thursday, May 03, 2012

12 ways to wear a blouse: Hot Tips by Frances Patiky Stein

Actually, she included 24 ways to wear a blouse, but some of them were a bit... unusual...

Three simple blouses in light blue, navy and coral
Blouses - Acne
similar blue - Uniqlo; similar navy - Uniqlo; similar coral - Uniqlo

Blouse and matching skirt:

navy blouse with a matching navy skirt, brown accessories and a brown cardigan
Small silk scarf (similar here) – Hermès, Navy skirt – Burberry Prorsum (similar here); belt – Mulberry, brown pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti (similar here); brown cardigan – Aviu (similar here),bracelets – Sence Copenhagen (similar here)

Blouse and pencil skirt:

coral blouse with a navy sweater and skirt; navy blouse and skirt with a beige sweater
Navy tee shirt – Alexander Wang (similar here), scarf – Wallis Fashion (similar here), navy pencil skirt – Debenhams (similar here), navy tights – Sternlein (similar here), navy pumps – Thierry Rabotin; (similar here); necklace – Blu Bijoux, (similar here); beige sweater – Joseph (similar here)

Blouse over tee shirt with matching skirt or shorts:

light blue blouse worn as a jacket over a white tee shirt with a light blue skirt, or a pair of light blue shorts
Skirt – Nina Ricci (similar here), white tee shirt – Hel Och Ren (similar here), pink belt – Dorothy Perkins,(similar here); calico shoes – Keds, (similar here); shorts – Topshop, (similar here); gold sandals – Monsoon, (similar here); gold python belt - Ghibli (similar here)

Blouse with trousers, or AGAIN with a matching skirt:

light blue shirt with navy trousers and a printed scarf; coral blouse and matching skirt with gold accessories
Sapphire earrings – Lord & Taylor, Scarf – Liberty of London,(similar here), Navy pants – Stella McCartney,(similar here); navy flats – Debenhams,(similar here); gold hoop earrings – J. Crew, (similar here);  pink skirt – Sonia Rykiel,(similar here); gold belt – Michael Kors, (similar here); gold flat sandals - Unisa (similar here)

Blouse as a jacket over a tank top and trousers, or with white trousers:

coral blouse worn as a jacket over a matching tank top and trousers; coral blouse with white trousers and pearl jewelry
Navy tank – J. Crew, scarf – Liberty, (similar here); Navy pants – Stella McCartney, (similar here); navy flats – Debenhams,(similar here); pearl earrings & necklace – Blue Nile,(similar here); ivory silk pants – Chloe, (similar here); pink flat sandals – Emilio Pucci (similar here)

Blouse with matching trousers, worn as a jacket over a striped or a solid tee shirt:

navy blouse worn as a jacket over a striped tee shirt, or a white tee shirt, with navy trousers
Navy pants – Uniqlo, striped top – Nicole Farhi, (similar here); dotted espadrilles – Ralph Lauren, (similar here); dots and stripes scarf – Oasis,(similar here); white tee – Michael Stars, (similar here); striped espadrilles – Dorothy Perkins (similar here)

I'll be away for a few days at a family celebration, so I won't be posting, or responding to comments and emails. Rest assured, I'll be back here Tuesday late morning, after my ridiculously early work shift!


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  1. Great suggestions/ideas. Enjoy your time with family and have a great little vacation. ~~Bliss

  2. Love these ideas. Enjoy your time with family!

  3. How marvellous to see the blouse featured so. Wishing you a delightful sojourn!

  4. Great pictures, V. I've never been a blouse person because of my wide hips, but I think it is such a classic, ladylike and versatile way to build a wardrobe. As I continue to slim down, blouses are becoming an essential part of my wardrobe.

  5. Vivienne- you have definitely been a good influence. Left in a hurry for Boston on Tuesday following the birth of my 3rd grandchild. Needed to pack quickly and conservatively and did not know how long I would stay. Using your framework (based on two pair of slacks), I pulled together enough pieces to mix and match at least 6 looks in a small suitcase which also contained my cosmetics,shoes, etc. My granddaughter met a very, pulled-together Nana. Merci!

  6. Enjoy your family celebration. I have been perusing the 'brown' for an upcoming family trip and I will pack smartly this time!

  7. Great ideas, as always!
    Love coming here, love blouses.
    Warm hugs

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