As I go about styling my clients — young, old(er), corporate career, work-from-home, etc., I begin to see patterns in the style issues women have and the items that seem to pose the greatest challenges.
These consistent patterns span generations and budgets and after 4 years of doing this type of work, are practically expected. Out of the countless closets I’ve worked with, you might be wondering what the #1 missing item is… you ARE wondering that, right?
Wonder no more: it’s a basic white collared shirt.
For years, you’ve heard me signing the praises of the classic white silk blouse.
You totally might have ignored me — no worries, we’re still cool — or you might have taken my advice and gone out and purchased a white silk blouse to add to your collection. Regardless, I wanted to put together a fun post to show you exactly why I love this piece so much and give you a few new ideas on how to style yours.
Who are we kidding!?
This is my last ditch effort to convert you white silk blouse holdouts! I don’t give up easily.
As you’re “tying one on” this holiday season, perhaps one of the best fashion decisions you can make is actually tying one on… and by that, I mean a simple bow.
Sometimes, all it takes to upgrade a look and give it some of that special je ne sais quois is just a small tweak. Remember the much adored BANDANA from earlier this summer? Well, in this case, that tweak is a skinny black bow.
Oh, and did I mention that even if you don’t own a pussybow blouse, it’s an inexpensive and easy style to recreate using a medium-wide piece of black ribbon and a basic white shirt? Add a party skirt and a pair of pointy toe single-sole pumps and BOOM — holiday party look complete.
As promised, #ThePurpleShirtProject is back, baby! If you’re joining us for the first time, or simply need a refresher, you can see the first set of outfits HERE. I’ve got two more stylings of the now infamous “purple shirt” and I tried to mix-it-up a little today using some pieces in my closet that have not gotten nearly enough love lately.
LOOK#3: Carpool Queen
Look #3 involves white jeans. Yes, it’s still winter and no, I don’t really care about that old antiquated rule about no white until after Memorial Day. Who made that up?! Seriously. You have my full permission to wear white any time of year as long as your composed outfit is seasonal. White can be such a pretty cold-weather color and looks so beautiful with everything from pale knits to bright pops of color, like this purple blouse of course!
Look#4 is sort of a blast from the past for me- I broke out a pair of trousers I haven’t worn since my finance days! Slightly high waisted, wide-legged and perfectly draped, they instantly make me feel inches taller and 10 lbs thinner. Coincidentally, when paired with the moto jacket and the blouse, they also reminded me of THIS look that we chatted about a few weeks ago! This outfit is a testament to my shopping theory of splurging a little more on your basics. Those clothes end up being the work-horses of your wardrobe and since they’re “classic” in color and cut, they still look pretty freakin’ cool close to three years since you last wore them!
A few months back, I spoke about going “Back-to-Basics” and the 12 essentials every woman should have in her closet. I’d like to make a small amendment and make sure to add a silk blouse to that list. So, I guess it’s now the 13 essentials every woman should have in her closet! Lucky 13, baby.
Ok, so now that we’re talking silk blouses, I’d like to put the kibosh on any qualms you have about this silk thing:
Yes, 100% pure silk can be an investment. HOWEVER, that’s what end-of-season sales were made for and your return on investment (ROI, for my fellow finance geeks) for these classics is major!
Silk is a high maintenance fabric. Yes, ‘dry clean only’ tags are involved, but the drape and feel of real silk is truly worth it.
Silk is too lightweight for the cold weather months. Lightweight is ideal for layering!
I live a casual life, silk is just not practical for my day-to-day running around. I strongly disagree… just keep reading!
As a self-admitted Type A personality, I’m always up for a good challenge. I’ve decided to create the ultimate style challenge for myself. Take aforementioned silk blouse and come up with 10 great ways to style it for all occasions: “The Purple Shirt Project”. Go big, or go home baby. Let’s do this!
Eileen Fisher Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse (sold out)- similar style HERE, HERE or HERE
Two looks down, eight more to go! Stay tuned for new “Purple Shirt Project” (#PurpleShirtProject) outfits each week and don’t be shy, let me know which ones you love, which ones you don’t and any looks you’d like to see in future posts. Hope you are as excited as I am!