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Whether you’re going to work or looking for something casual to mix and match with denim, we all love wearing great blouses when we’re able to get out hands on them. We also know that getting a blouse isn’t as simple as just picking up what’s on the “New In” section in stores or online, although shopping that way is often the easiest thing to do when we’re short on time!
The two main considerations to make when choosing a blouse is your body type, as well as what you’ll be wearing with it.
Matching Your Blouses
So it’s easy for you to shop we’ll keep this down to a simple choice between a casual or a formal style. Matching is easy when you take this approach; plain blouses for formal occasions or for matching with tailoring to wear to the office, while patterned blouses come under consideration if you’re wearing one with shorts, jeans, or a summer skirt.
Body Shape Considerations
Don’t fall into the misguided belief that you’ll only be able to wear plain or patterned blouses if you have a certain body shape; this isn’t true at all. However, when choosing patterned blouses go for those that flatter your body shape as much as possible. Remember that patterns draw attention to you even more than usual, so you’ll need to choose carefully. Your body type and shape is more important when thinking about the type of blouse you’re going to wear.
High Neck Blouses
Girls with a long neck (we’re talking swan-like grace here!) or those who want to draw more emphasis to the shoulders and chest areas are best served with a high neck blouse; this works to shorten the neck and adds volume to the upper body. Find a blouse with a bow or some other detail around the neck area to further draw attention to the areas you want.
Open Neck Blouses
The opposite applies to girls with shorter necks; you want something more open and relaxing around this area – accessorising with a necklace (tell your man you love Tiffany & Co!) is also a great way to enhance this area and make you look amazing. This doesn’t mean you should go for aggressively slashed, cleavage showing blouses, especially if you’re shopping for work!
Frills for Thrills?
Blouses with frills are a massive no-go area for a formal outfitting, but are they ever acceptable at work? We reckon there are some exceptions, after all volume on the upper half can look great paired with a chic pencil skirt. If you want to soften this effect however and wear frills with confidence, find blouses that use subtle frills around the shoulders and cuff areas rather than those that have them all over.