All around the world, blouses are a dress attire that hold much appeal to many women. It’s a fair assumption to say that probably most females own at least one blouse, if not many more. Blouses are versatile, feminine, comfortable and chic, all rolled into one top!
A blouse is a loose-fitting upper garment that was formerly worn by workmen, peasants, artists, women and children. A blouse can be worn gathered at the waist (with elastic, a belt, a waistband, etc.) or the blouse hangs loosely over the wearer’s body.
Blouses, even if the style and cut is casual and sporty, have an unmistakable feminine appearance!
Cotton, lace, frills, ruffles or flannel, blouses are festive, fun and fashionable.
Blouses look vogue and trendy whether they hang loosely, outside of the lower garment, or tucked into a pair of pants or a skirt. When wearing a front button up blouse, most women prefer to have the top button open for better comfort (so as not to grip the neck). Some blouses are made with a free neckline so as not to compromise comfort.
Button Up Blouse Tip: Button up blouses look fantastic when the top two to three buttons are left unbuttoned, and a tight choker is worn around the neck! This look sizzles.
Blazing forward in fashionable becoming blouses!
Button Fun Fact: Women’s button up blouses have buttons on the reverse side of men’s shirts. On women’s blouses, the buttons are normally on the left hand and the buttonholes are on the right. Some suggest that this custom was introduced by launderers so they could distinguish between men’s and women’s shirts. Another theory is that women’s blouses were designed so that they could be easily buttoned by the maids and servants, while men’s shirts were designed to be buttoned by the man wearing the shirt.
Whatever the reason, the custom or tradition of the button placement of men’s and women’s shirts still exists today.
Blouses are often made of cotton or silk, and may include a collar and sleeves. Blouse are usually more tailored than simple knit tops, and often contain feminine details such as ruffles, lace, soft bows, ties, embroidered decorations and rhinestones and beads.
Beautiful blouses decorated to dandy perfections!
Traditional blouses are usually white. There are many ways to tailor blouses to give the tops a variety of shapes and appearances. Different styles can be achieved by sewing of features such as princess seams or darting in the waist and/or bust.
Blouse Fun Fact: During the Victorian period, blouses became common as informal and practical women’s wear. A simple blouse and a plain or tight cut pencil skirt was the standard dress for the newly expanded female workforce of the 1890s, especially for the females employed in office work. In the 1900s, elaborate blouses (heavily decorated, tucks, pleats) became popular for daywear and some informal evening wear.
Today, you can find the perfect style blouse whether you are going to a high society event, or merely spending your day in play!
Blouse is a word loaned to English from the French word blouse, which means dust coat. The word was first officially noted in 1828, from French blouse (a workman’s or peasant’s smock) of obscure Occitan route.
Blouse Fun Fact: In the 1970s and 1980s, blouses made a bouncing spike in fashion popularity: double cuffs, extra wide pointed collar, belt around the waist, synthetic fibers, bedazzled artwork and the like. Blouses with three-quarter arm sleeves were a striking phenomenon in the 1990s.
Blouse Fashion Tip: Blouses look divine when they are tucked into waist cut, flared pants (bell bottoms or flared jeans) and worn with a platform shoe or ankle boots! Gussy the garments up with dangle bracelets, gems, jewelry and rhinestones, and you are dazzling good to go!
Blouses also look fabulous and wear well with blazers, tank tops, bolero jackets, sweaters, colorful accessories and bead chain necklaces.
Blouse Fashion Tip: You can’t go wrong wearing a blouse. If you aren’t sure what to wear, but you want to look right, being dressed in a blouse is a lovely sight!
From the front and the back, a blouse is all that!
Silk, satin and sheer blouses are sheer elegance!
Many women adore the blouse jacket. A blouse jacket is one garment that is drawn tight at the waist (either tailored or with a built in elastic band) with loose blousing hanging over the waistband.
A blouse generates a nightlife clothes feel, and is also a status of the elegant woman. A blouse can be worn to the most ritzy club, or to church and places demanding formal attire.
Aspire to own a garment that works for sporting events to lighting up a fashion fire! From summer beach babies to glamour girl gorgeousness, blouses are a fashion best!
Do you have a cats meow blouse stored in your house?
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846