with Susan Wagner
The Working Closet is your source for the best of what's hip and fresh in fashion and beauty. Susan Wagner keeps you up-to-date on trends and offers tips and tricks for making everything in your closet truly work for you.
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Recently at The Working Closet Facebook page (did you know that The Working Closet had a Facebook page? Well now you do!), Shannon mentioned that she doesn’t own a blouse. “Can you tell I never go anywhere nice?” she joked.
But here’s the thing about a blouse: when you’re wearing a blouse — instead of a t-shirt, for example — it makes everywhere you go somewhere nice.
Trading your basic tee for a blouse is the sartorial equivalent of swapping your everyday dishes for your wedding china: it changes the tone of what is otherwise a pretty normal event. Dinner served on the china is always more festive, no matter what the food is; a day where you put on a blouse with your jeans will be a little more special than a day where you just grab that same old tee.
A blouse doesn’t have to be complicated; look for styles that flatter your shape in fabrics that work with your lifestyle. There are some terrific machine-washable options, for those of us who are still wrangling little kids with dirty hands (or just trying to cut down on the dry cleaning). And the best part about a blouse is that it’s a piece you can truly dress up or down. You could pair any of the blouses pictured here with jeans and a cardigan for a day with the kids, or with a sharp skirt and a jacket for a day at the office.
Are you a blouse girl? How are you styling your blouses — are they part of your everyday closet or do you save them for special occasions?
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