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10th Commandment: May 8

This weekend, I sat down to work on the blog and chose this blouse from ModCloth for a 10th Commandment post. Then, last night, I woke up in a cold sweat.  Something didn’t feel right, there was a disturbance in the force! 

A blouse with hot pink triangles and circles printed on it?  What is this Sesame Street?  T. T is for Triangle. And Tie Neck. And you are Thirty, Take that juvenile blouse off the blog right this minute!  

Jones of New York Ruffle Neck Blouse (Lord & Taylor, $69)

The above link goes to the plus size blouse. This one goes to the women’s size.

Pressed for time, I decided to go for something similar in a bold solid color.  Something appropriate for twenty year olds, and thirty year olds, and forty year olds–a simple, sheer blouse in a cobalt color that will be flattering on the majority of skintones.  

 T is for Thank goodness you came to your senses and avoided a Tragedy.  Check back at 1:00PM for Two Ways to wear this piece.

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  1. Ellie says:

    And currently marked down to $55! Great pick Belle!

    May 8, 2012/Reply
  2. K. Hill says:

    AND Plus-Size. Your fuller figured readers appreciate this 🙂

    May 8, 2012/Reply
  3. meg says:

    I really like the modcloth one but also think it is too young. Actually, “substitute teacher” is appropriate. I would definitely wear it if I were a teacher. I'd love to have it in a solid color for the business world.

    May 8, 2012/Reply
  4. Amanda says:

    Maybe I'm missing a color option, but it looks like the Mod Cloth blouse has white triangles and circles, which strikes me as a little less… overly youthful than it would have been in green and hot pink! But I agree that it still feels quite young–I think it is something about the multiple shapes. If it had been just polka dots, I could see it working, perhaps under a navy blazer. I guess I'm trying to think through what elements make a clothing item look/feel juvenile, and how to judge which items could work professionally even if they have some of those elements. For example, the blue blouse is still a tie-neck, and has a little ruffle–to me, ruffles say little girl, even though I see them deployed fairly successfully by professional women– though at other times I see them go horribly wrong. Are ruffles inherently less juvenile than multi-shape prints? I don't know. I'll be turning 30 soon, so this a subject I've found myself pondering more, lately.

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  5. AttiredAttorney says:

    Thank you for including a stylish option available in a plus-size!

    May 8, 2012/Reply
  6. Rachel says:

    I pretty much love the ModCloth shirt, although I have a well-known (and at this point embraced) obsession with crazy prints. I'd be able to wear it to work with a solid-color pencil skirt and perhaps a blazer to temper the loudness; if I ever get a job in a more conservative office, I will have to get a whole new wardrobe! I also like the blue sleeveless option, but I gravitate toward blouses with some sleeve for work so I can take off a cardigan or jacket and still be pretty well covered.

    May 8, 2012/Reply
  7. Belle says:

    Rachel: I liked the sleeve. I liked the neck. But I could not get past the shape print.

    May 8, 2012/Reply
  8. Lexi says:

    Thanks for including a plus size option! More please! 🙂

    May 8, 2012/Reply