One Blouse, Two Outfits

Let’s thank our great grandmothers for getting excited about the blouse. Why? Because instead of having to switch out whole dresses to change our look, we can simply put on a different top or bottom. Before separates came along, dresses and something like 14 pounds of underwear had to be changed in order to be suitable for different occasions.

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style
From the book “Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style,” page 241.

Now we can pop on a blouse, slip on a pair of jeans or slacks, and off we go! Then, when we’re ready to change things up, we just switch something out.

Take, for example, this look: I’m all business in my heels, ponte knit pants, cardigan, and art deco patterned blouse.

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If I take off the cardigan and change my shoes and slacks, I’m ready to play (or stir up trouble, as the case may be).

Vince Camuto pleat front split neck long sleeve blouse

Granted, our great grandmothers would more likely have been wearing skirts with their pullover tops, but the point is that the blouse provides more choices. One shirt can create two or more looks. Plus, it takes up less space in the closet than a big ol’ dress and all the under trimmings.

This particular blouse, a new style this year from Vince Camuto, has several features from the 1920s, including the v-neck, a deconstructed shape, and an Art Deco pattern. Take a gander at the image below to see what I mean:

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From the book “Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style.” Notice the v-neck, the easy pullover style, and the art deco pattern.

One of the things I really like about this blouse is the pleating down the front. It creates a slimming line and conceals little pudges around my middle I’m not excited about. It has also become one of my favorite tops because it has so many colors that I can pair it with a number of skirts and pants.

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Shop These Looks:

If you like either of these looks, I’ve created links below to make it easier for you to shop. Every item I’m wearing is available in petite.

For the business style:

Nic+Zoe cardigan  |  Vince Camuto blouse  |  NYDJ Ponte Knit trousers  |  Vintage Coach pumps: Similar here or here |  My grandmother’s long strand black bead necklace: Similar here or here

For the casual style:

Vince Camuto blouse  |  Talbot’s ankle jeans in Oyster  |  Vintage Cole Haan laceless oxfords: Similar here


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