For me, apart from a pair of shoes, there’s nothing that can give an outfit a kick up the bum in quite the same way a a lovely shirt or blouse. It can take a pair of plain black work trousers into something which is quite kick-ass (sorry for all the derriere references tonight.) With a pair of ripped jeans and heels, a black metallic blouse can make the perfect outfit for a night out – and who doesn’t love a bit of Victoriana?
So this is my run down of some gorgeous blouses that I’ve seen out and about on my travels recently….
Mint Velvet tie neck blouse (£69) – this is perfect with a pencil style skirt for work or with fitted trousers for a dressier look. Blouses are really great tops for curvier figures as they tend to skim without clinging, unlike jersey tops which can show every little trace of muffin consumption and muffin top. The lighter weight fabrics are brilliant as they don’t add bulk, plus the ones with pussy bows have a v-neck line, which is so flattering on a larger bust. With a print to keep the eye on the move, they are absolute winners.
For those of you with curvier busts, you will know the problem with shirts and blouses and buttons that pull. This Somerset blouse by Alice Temperley at John Lewis (£79) though is fantastic because….it doesn’t have any buttons. Perfect! There is plenty of stock in store although not in this colour on line. It also comes in a lovely sage colour too which makes a nice change.
There are a lot of metallic shirts around this season. They can be scratchy so it’s worth having a good feel of them on the inside if you don’t have time to try them on as no-one likes to feel as though they are wearing a brillo pad. Marks and Spencer has this metallic effect textured blouse (£45). There’s also one at Reiss (£145).
For something a little bit pretty and Victoriana, Limited Edition has this lovely lace trim blouse (£29.50). Zara also has a good selection too.
I was working with this M&S Autograph satin blouse (£35) last week. Again it’s really good because it doesn’t have any buttons and it’s silky fabric elevates it to being a little bit more special, despite its simple design.
Marks and Spencer also has this Autograph animal print blouse (£35) which again has a flattering shape, fit and fabric. It’s the type of blouse that could be worn all year round and with leopard print being one of those prints that never disappears, for years to come as well.
Ah, now the Whistles lace shirt (£145) ticks many boxes. The colour is vibrant and great on many skin tones. The fact that it is lace makes it that little bit special and with a shorter length it will sit perfectly with a skirt – just like the one in the above photograph. In fact as time goes by, I veer further away from a “party” type dress, which just sits in the wardrobe until it needs to be squidged on for a night out – and more towards stylish separates which can be worn for many different events.
For sequins, I love this Zara sequinned blouse (£25.99). I would look an utter plonky head in it but I do really like it nonetheless. Particularly on other people.