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The Edit: Winter-to-Spring Blouses Under-$100

Just about the time that I sort out my winter wardrobe, it’s time to start thinking about spring.  Because I really can’t afford two distinct wardrobes, my wardrobe needs to have as much seasonal overlap as possible.  The more tops and dresses I own that can be worn in multiple seasons, the better.  Here are 10 multi-season blouses that caught my eye, all under-$100.

Gathered High Neck Blouse ($65)

Mango Bow Sleeve Blouse ($59)

Eloquii Drape Crossover Top ($59)

Velvet Rufle Collar Tunic ($99)

LOFT Stripe, Tie Cuff Top ($59, also in petite)

Alternative Short Tie-Sleeve Pullover ($25)

Lucky Brand Scallop Shirt ($69)

Topshop Knot-Front Top ($55)

Gap Pintuck Eyelet Top ($35, tall and petite)

Chloe & Katie Diamond Top ($45)

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  1. Beth says:

    I really need help with how to layer for late winter/early spring. I feel like I’ve got it down pat for fall (maybe it’s a love of autumnal hues), but thinking ahead to those days where it’ll still be winter in the morning but spring in the afternoon – how to you balance staying warm on your morning commute with a warm afternoon? My dark winter coats feel out of place with spring blouses.

    January 31, 2018/Reply
  2. Me says:

    Heads up that pretty pink Topshop blouse is slit open right down the back… definitely not a bra-friendly or work-friendly top.

    January 31, 2018/Reply
  3. Anon says:

    Interesting that 4 of these tops were in a recent “Under $100” top roundup on the blog “girl of a certain age”

    January 31, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I was looking for under-$100 tops on Shopstyle. They have a feature that lets you see the most popular ones being clicked by others. I saw a few of the popular ones and liked them. It’s not surprising that a lot of bloggers post the same things, we use the same resources.

      Saying that this is interesting is like saying that it’s interesting that every blogger carries the same Cult Gaia bag or is wearing the same Madewell sweater.

      January 31, 2018/Reply
      • Allie says:

        me thinks someone doth defend too much. lol.

        February 1, 2018/Reply
      • Sally says:

        I legitimately, not snarkily, do think your explanation is interesting: I’m not all that familiar with how blogger stuff works, and it is interesting to hear about how style trends form and are propagated by the system.

        February 2, 2018/Reply
        • Belle says:

          So for a legitimate explanation: There are only two affiliate linking services, which the vast majority of bloggers use, Rewardstyle and Shopstyle. When I’m out of ideas (I have about half my posts planned each week and about half I’m scrambling for), I go to those sites and go, “Hmmm, what’s popular?” and then ask myself what I like, what fits the content I’ve already created.

          There’s a second issue which effects me a bit less than it effects bloggers who post photos of themselves, I call it the Rockstud Effect.

          Five years ago, the biggest bloggers on the planet were wearing Valentino Rockstud heels. Then, the mid-level bloggers started buying them. Before long, if you wanted to show you were a “serious” blogger, you needed to have Rockstud heels or flats. Now, you were in the club. You look like a “made man.” Last summer, this was that wicker Cult Gaia bag. The year before that, a Mansiur Gavriel bucket bag. Every year, there’s one item that starts with Song of Style or Gal Meets Glam and trickles down through the ranks to the bloggers looking to make their mark and show they’re serious and in the know, they have the IT thing.

          February 2, 2018/Reply