Shopping The Trend: Printed Blouses

For those looking to up their printed blouses collection, there are plenty of options available for you online. In fact you might actually be a bit too spoiled for choice when it comes to finding your ideal “statement blouse.”  So here are a few hints for you moving, and shopping, forward…

First up, take a look at what you’ve already got in stock for bottoms. Trousers, shorts, skirts and even dresses can work with any blouse. And don’t worry if any of your matchups are already rocking prints, many designers last season were mixing and matching very bold and completely different prints together in one outfit. Need inspiration? Just take a look at Prada and Miu Miu’s catwalks for autumn winter 2012. You’ll never be afraid of mixing up your patterns again! 

If you’re looking for a more classic look, try the J Crew Anchor & Horse Shoe Blouse would match perfectly with a pair of white skinny jeans or some denim cut-offs. Pair it with a cardigan if the weather turns, or a navy schoolboy blazer and you’re all set for an evening out in the Hamptons.

We’re recommending the 3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard Print Blouse (or the Equipment Zebra Blouse) as our perfect “ladies who lunch” flare. We dream of a match made in heaven with wide leg trousers or cigarette capris. Throw on a chunky necklace and some killer heels and you’ll look like a celeb (just don’t forget the massive standard sunnies). 

If you’re searching for a blouse that will not only work for your perfect fourth of July attire but also as a timeless classic, may we suggest the American Flag Equipment Blouse (American flag motifs never go out of style… go red, white and blue!). We love the length of this piece but it would also look great shortened with a tie in the front and a great pencil skirt or trousers. Be daring and wear bra only underneath. And up the ante even more by wearing a patterned bra or bralet. Just don’t go matchy matchy! Remember, the key is to clash.

If you are looking for some bargain prices for great blouses, check in at high street stores and really dig around. You’ll find some great pieces in places you wouldn’t expect at all. Take this Old Navy Sailboat Blouse for example. It’s 14.99 and we can think of 499 ways to wear it!

If you want to go down the “original route”, don’t discount great places to find vintage gems like eBay, Goodwill or local thrift stores. We’ve heard tales of $30 Versace silk shirts and Equipment blouses that have been used but not abused and donated to Goodwills in affluent areas. 

Whatever printed blouse you add to your wardrobe, remember to stand tall wearing your print with pride. Nothing looks worse than a pair of slumped shoulders when it comes to button down beauties! ( Oh God, did we just sound like your mother or what?!)


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