A menswear-inspired blouse is a spring wardrobe essential. The styling options are endless and from prints to solids, there is something out there for everyone. This week, Kimberly and I are taking on the trend and sharing how we have made it our own. First up, Megan shows her go-to pinstripe option, and stay tuned to learn how Kimberly styles her favorite oversized button down on Friday's blog.
The Pajama Blouse
The loungewear trend has recreated itself this spring in the form of unstructured, slightly oversized blouses for women. Just one of the styles in this category is the pajama-like silk top. I love being able to wear something comfortable, while still looking stylish, so I was excited to try this look out. I've always been a fan of balancing masculine pieces with feminine style, and this pinstripe blouse from Banana Republic (similar) seemed like the perfect balance.
Look for the Details
Sometimes it is the details that can really make a piece interesting. What I loved about this masculine striped shirt was the pearl buttons down the front, which add a touch of femininity, and the open french cuffs. Both helped to transform what could look like a pajama shirt into a stylish everyday blouse. I like to refer to little details like these as "built in accessories." They add interest without you having to layer too many 'extras' to your outfit.
Pro tip: If you don't like to wear a lot of jewelry, look for pieces that already have "built in accessories" like unique buttons, a print under the collar, or even some embroidery.
When thinking about how to wear a pajama-inspired blouse, you want to mix and match contrasting pieces. It's all about remembering you proportions - if it is loose on top, you want to go more fitted on the bottom. For example, pair an unstructured blouse with a tailored pant or tuck it into a pair of cuffed denim. To dress the look up, add a pair of strappy heels, a chunky necklace or play around with a bold eyes and lip.
Pro tip: If you are wearing the blouse untucked, try throwing a cropped leather or suede jacket over your shoulders for that extra hint of easy style. It will also help add shape and keep the blouse from overwhelming your frame.