Thursday, February 9, 2012

Flower Power Blouse

Hi Everyone! I've had such a hectic week and am definitely looking forward to winding down over the weekend. Hope your week has been a little more manageable than mine :)

If I do an analysis of my wardrobe, I would conclude that I am definitely a blouse girl through and through. Having said that, during the earlier years of my working life, I loved shirts. I adored the clean silhouette they projected. Closely fitted to the body, crisp collars and cuffs are a must for me, in order to maintain an overall polished and professional look. However, over the years, my wardrobe and taste began to deviate away from the traditional corporate shirting range. One silk blouse at a time, the ratio of blouse vs shirt has shifted.
So what is the difference between a blouse and a shirt? Well, the word "blouse" originated from the French vocabulary. Traditionally, it is just a loose-fitting upper garment that was formerly worn by workmen, peasants, artists, women and children. It has also been used to refer to a shirt which blouses out or has an unmistakably feminine appearance. Today, we commonly accept a blouse to be referring to a woman's shirt, but the correct reference is that it is a loose-fitting styled shirt. 
Warmer, pleasant days, filled with sun shine definitely calls for a silk blouse, especially to work. When I found this floral patterned creature, I was overjoyed. It is vibrant and packed full of energy! The busy clusters of floral arrangements in various shapes, sizes and colour tones definitely make this blouse an attention seeker. However, the dark undertone quickly adjusts the eyes to a more comfortable level. This shirt reminds me of souvenirs I would bring home from a school camping trip :)

In my humble opinion, a classic blouse is a wardrobe staple as it pairs beautifully with so many things. It is truly versatile and also makes a  transitional season favourite. Yes, the colour, pattern and material will change and evolve over time, but the feminine essence it captures and portrays will not change.

Top: Zara;
Bottom: Zara;
Necklace: Mouche;
Earrings: Forever New;
Shoes: Belle

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  1. Love this outfit Charlotte - you definitely are a blouse girl! - Sarah

    1. Thank you Sarah!! More blouse varieties in up coming posts :)


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