Cute Spring Blouse

Violet and Clair Top via Marshalls / Gap Pants / Nine West Shoes via DSW (Similar)
Spring needs to get here. I am ready for dresses and sandals and walking outside without wanting to immediately walk back inside. We are unfortunately still very far from being at that place right now but a girl can dream and mix in some spring patterns along the way. I found this top at Marshalls a few weeks ago, was instantly drawn in by the pattern, and fell in love when I saw the dramatic sleeves and delicate ruffle detail on the shoulders and neck. I definitely don’t have enough blouses in my wardrobe that are just as fabulous at work as they are at night or on the weekend. And this one was only $20! Marshalls had a lot of great stuff for spring, including dresses. I got a great Vince Camuto dress for wedding season for only $40! What are you loving for spring?

Workwear: Navy blue and red

With fall right around the corner, I feel the need to create very classic outfits. Navy blue and red are great at fulfilling that need. The brown leather accessories really compliment that fall feeling. I can’t wear these shoes enough. I was so happy to find them at Goodwill. I purchased these and a navy blazer for a total of $5.
The Limited blouse; Gap skirt and belt; Ann Taylor shoes, thrifted

Thrifty piece for fall: The airy blouse

You may remember seeing this street style version of the flowy blouse this spring.

Here is a designer variation by Chloe.

Here I am attempting the trend. I am blinded by the sun glare.

One item of clothing that I am excited to transition from summer to fall is the light and airy blouse. I have seen them all summer worn with leather shorts and skirts. For fall, I can see one tucked into a pair of trouser pants for work or belted with a miniskirt and tights for a more relaxed look. I love all of the designer options including those from Chloe and Miu Miu, but the prices don’t really work with my budget. So I did what any thrifty girl could do. I went to Goodwill and picked out a very chic blouse for fall and it was only $5.50. The thrift store has very nice options, but I know how easy it is to be led astray by the hunt of a good bargain. And you don’t want to come home realizing that your budget friendly blouse is actually frumpy and out of date. These rules can guide you to choose something that still looks contemporary even if it’s really something that hasn’t seen the light of day since the Clinton Administration.

1. Don’t be afraid of a simple solid color. A nice bright color is sometimes all you need to make a statement with your outfit. Patterns are fun too and very in right now, but some patterns, especially when looking at the thrift store, will automatically outdate the blouse even if the proportions and fit are really nice. However, use your best judgment because I could see some patterns such as polka dots and stripes being ok depending on your own personal style.

2. Loose is ok but not baggy. I chose a shirt that was a medium because I wanted to have that billowy effect when tucked into pants or a skirt. I am normally a size small so that wasn’t too much of a stretch. Picking out an extra large when you are a small might be a bad idea if you want to wear it as a top. I could see that possibly working out if you were cinching it with a belt and wearing it as a shirtdress. But I would test that out first.

3. Embellishments are good in moderation. I think one embellishment is really cute with these types of blouses. For instance a bow around the collar or a little lace or a ruffle down the middle, but I wouldn’t go for something that has all of these features. Once again this could make the blouse look dated and/or frumpy.