Ruffles keep getting bigger, sleeves more dramatic, silhouettes more deconstructed and I am here for all of it!
If there is something I’ve learned from the fabulous Carolina Herrera, is that a traditional button down blouse is a piece that every woman must have in her closet. Timeless and reliable, blouses can seamlessly take us from day to night, from casual to dressy with just a change of accessories or bottoms.
Recently though, the traditional staple has been going through an edgy redesign that has taken what could easily be a very boring piece, to a whole new level of drama. Belted sleeves, longer lengths, bulk and tons of intricate details are providing blouses this season with the perfect touch of theatrics I need in my life!
In different colors and in different shapes, these statement shirts can be found at most of your favorite retailers. I obtained this Swanky One-shoulder Ruffle Striped Top from Chicwish and I am borderline obsessed with it! And since I am the "go big or go home" type, I decided to inject my own dramatic/Caribbean flair with a pair of floral culottes from Zara.
I am not going to lie, I was tempted to finish the outfit by pairing it with fuchsia platform mules, but since I had a TV segment taping in the morning, I feared the head-to-toe look could be visually overwhelming for television. This is the reason why I opted for nude strappy sandals (similar here and here), which could NEVER go wrong.
If this look is a little “too much” for you (girl, don’t be boring), I suggest wearing your statement top with a solid color bottom for a more minimalistic look. The culottes could also be paired with a simple white tank and mules for a super chic summer look.
Dare to give a statement blouse a try this season. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Photo credit: Fran Beltran