There was a time when a blouse was viewed as a fashion garment worn only by mumsy types who had chosen comfort over style.
Those days are long gone and the blouse has made a comeback, holding its own on this season’s catwalks and embraced by designers from Helmut Lang to Joseph.
Gone is the frumpy image of old, with the humble blouse morphed into chic designs with billowing sleeves, the softest of silks, sharp styling and vibrant hues.
The appeal of the blouse – whatever you go for – is that it can be dressed up or down, taking you from the office to a social gathering with ease.
Team it with a pencil skirt or sleek trouser suit for the ultimate in power dressing.
White or cream are the classic colours but if you’re feeling daring, opt for vibrant shades of yellow or pink.
With its digital rose-print design, round neckline and cap sleeves, this Apricot blouse ticks all the boxes. Wear with skinny jeans for lunch with the girls or smart trousers for the office. A steal at RO10.58
You can’t go far wrong with Marks & Spencer for separates and this longer length blouse works for more formal occasions or nights out. Dark blue is flattering for most body types. RO17.34
Add a subtle pop of colour with this dark red blouse by Klaus Dilkrath The autumnal shade is bang on trend for the winter months and is smart enough for evening wear. Great value at RO34.33
For something different, try this denim pussy-bow blouse. Feminine and chic, it has a sleek Parisian feel with the cuffs and tailored style. Vintage Collection from La Redoute. RO40
To make a statement at a meeting or night out try this gorgeous silk georgette Paisley print blouse from designer Barbara Bui. The flowing, loose, slit sleeves give it a modern look, while the colours give it an edgy feel. If the RO223 price tag is a bit too steep, check out high street brands such as Mango or Zara for cheaper alternatives
Follow these tips on how to be top of the blouses:
1. Depending on how you wear it, the blouse can give you different looks. So experiment with rolled up sleeves, button or open your collar and try different lengths.
2. The fluidity of a blouse depends on the fabric. Silk and thin cotton or linen will slip in your hands and hang beautifully.
3. Choose a style to fit your body type. Petite frames can be swamped in oversize styles, while taller women suit more tailored blouses.