Ask Belle: Beyond Boring Blouses
Jul 10, 2014
I recently cut about 6 inches off of my hair. It is now above the shoulder. The cut makes me feel a little more powerful and sure of myself. And all my shirts are boring me to tears. I need things that are a little more funky, unique, noticeable than my usual v-neck tee-shirt.
I cannot stand collars (the glory of being self-employed is that I can avoid them) and adore necklines that are not the norm. And I do not tend to spend a lot on shirts, but could be swayed for quality. Do you have any ideas? And stores you think I should check out?
Many thanks!! Meredith
Let’s start with the stores. I would begin with the outlet shops: Saks Off 5th, Banana Republic Factory, J.Crew Factory, and Neiman Marcus Last Call. Here are some of my favorite tops from those stores.
The blouse on the left has a cool, lacy neckline and a pleated, accordion back. I’m not usually a big fan of the longer rear hem, but I like the way this one is styled. It would look great with jeans or tucked into a pencil skirt.
If you like the look of a blouse with a different fabric on the yoke, there are some lovely options out there. I adore this $20 lace yoke tee from Off 5th in white or black. I also like the wrap-around sheer yoke on this Free People top (comes in five colors). And while it might be a bit more than you wanted to spend, I have to mention this blush-colored Marc Jacobs top with a textured yoke (so pretty). Plus-size? Try this Vince Camuto mixed-media tank.
If you’re comfortable with a unique neckline, why not a bold print? I love this MK blouse above and it’s slightly crazy print. This sleeveless Olive & Oak blouse has a great ikat print to it. I’m also slightly obsessed with this snake-print blouse from Rebecca Taylor. But my favorite blouse is also the least expensive (for once!)–have a look at the subtle floral print on this top from JCPenney with shades of purple and black.
Lastly, maybe a slight ruffle at the neck would be nice? This pleated collar top from Rachel Roy is lovely. I also like this LOFT blouse with a waterfall effect on the placket. Or if you’re looking for something more subtle, try this Mango blouse with a slight ruffle on the sleeve or this cute, jade-colored, flutter-sleeve top from Forever21.