Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Print Blouse

Scarf print blouse in bold colors by D&G

Nothing brightens up an outfit more than a print blouse. Prints are really hot this season and you will be seeing a lot of prints in the stores. While I love how a print can change an outfit you have to be careful that you don’t overdo it and end up with print overload. Print overload is when you have prints and patterns from head to toe. Trust me; you never want to look like an optical illusion.


A print blouse can be super great at giving an outfit a finished look with ease. It can add a splash of color and interest without overwhelming you. It pairs well with jeans or a classic black pencil skirt. When I talk about a print blouse I actually mean a blouse. Something made from a silky fabric, those wrinkle free varieties, a blouse that has good drape and hangs well. It can be worn casually with jeans un-tucked or tucked in nice and neat with slacks.


A more subtle print on the sleeves of this 3.1 Phillip Lim
I’m particularly fond of a bold scarf patterned blouse that can be worn with skinny jeans. This style of blouse has a little more length so it can cover your trouble spots. It should hang loose from your chest to just below your hips, but don’t confuse loose with big. The blouse should follow your body without any clinging but you shouldn’t be swimming inside of it. Don’t make the mistake of buying one size larger because you think this will hide flaws around your middle, you want to be able to tuck it into a pair of pants or skirt if needed and extra fabric will make this look too bulky and sloppy.


A print blouse is also a great transition piece from winter to spring. You can wear them with a blazer or sweater during the colder months and sans outwear when it gets warmer. A cute print blouse with skinny jeans and sandals makes a great spring to summer outfit, just remember to keep jewelry simple on your upper half. A pair of solid colored gemstone dangle earrings or maybe a ring or two won’t compete with the print in your blouse. Now all I need is some warmer weather.
The look of luxury by Versace

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