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Bow Tied Blouse

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Howdy!

It’s the only appropriate greeting after shooting this outfit deep in the heart of Texas.

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While packing for Dallas, I made some last minute additions to my suitcase when I saw the forecast — hello, 75 degrees and sunny!  One of the items I threw in was my basic cream silk EQUIPMENT BLOUSE. It was a last minute switcheroo for a much heavier, chunky sweater I was planning on layering with my new denim pinafore.

Yes, after THIS post, I couldn’t resist and jumped on the TOPSHOP DENIM PINAFORE DRESS. A note on fit: definitely size up on this piece — I bought a US size 6 and it fits perfectly!

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What I’m Wearing:

ASOS Leather MOTO JACKET // Equipment SILK BLOUSE // Topshop DENIM PINAFORE // Acne Studios Suede Booties (no longer available, but THESE are similar!) // Chanel Boy Bag (check out THIS steal version!) // Chloe Sunglasses (no longer available; THIS is a similar pair!)

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… But let’s get back to that blouse!

A silk blouse is something I always recommend that my clients add to their permanent wardrobe. Regardless of age, personal style and lifestyle this blouse is a flattering and versatile investment that will never go out of style and can be worn a number of ways. As with any wardrobe staple, I can’t emphasize enough that you should try to purchase the best quality item within your budget — so no polyester, rayon, synthetics… 100% silk is absolutely the way to go. The drape and softness of the real thing is really difficult to match.

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You’ve probably noticed that delicate, little ribbon bow at the neckline by now… Would you totally die if I told you it was a $1.99 black satin ribbon I purchased at my local craft store? Actually, I purchased an 8 yard roll of the satin ribbon for $1.99. Rather than go out and purchase a new BOW TIED BLOUSE (THIS is a great steal version!) which I’d been pining over for months, I decided to get creative. Clearly, creativity pays because I received so many compliments on my blouse and outfit at a conference cocktail event and no one even considered that it was a rudimentary DIY undertaking.

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The moral of my story is never be afraid to repurpose existing wardrobe staples and give them new life… You may just surprise yourself with a fabulous outfit!

I did.

SHOP THE LOOK:

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(photography by Megan Weaver)

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