Fight it though we may, summer will soon come to an end, forcing us to trade in our stylish sundresses and chic jumpsuits for warmer, more practical separates. But not just any top will do at the office — or after hours, for that matter. When fall rolls around, it’s a transitional blouse we reach for nine times out of 10.
What is a blouse?
Though it may seem fairly obvious, there is a difference — albeit a subtle one — between a blouse and a shirt. While a shirt is typically structured, a blouse has a looser fit and is often gathered at the waist with a tie or a belt.
In olden times, these flow-y designs were worn by workmen, peasants, or children, who favored them for their ability to allow the wearer to move about with ease as they completed their daily tasks. At their inception, they were far from what one might consider stylish. In fact, according to Patra, they were actually seen as “unfashionable.”
That all changed in the 1890s, however, when blouses were adopted into the wardrobes of women as a casual top to be worn in an informal setting. Cut to 1900, and they had been transformed into bonafide fashion staples.
Though they've seen many incarnations since then, now, more than 100 years later, we’re still incorporating these breezy tops into our ensembles. With fashionable details such as ruffled sleeves and pussy bow necklines and their lightweight, movable fabric, these easy-fitting pieces are among our favorites. Plus, they have that magic ability to transition from day to night at a moment’s notice. We might wear one of these gorgeous finds with a pair of tailored slacks and flats at the office, before turning around and wearing the same top for a nice evening dinner with our favorite jeans and heels. The options are endless!
The Best Blouses for Going From Day to Night
We’ve combed through the racks at all our favorite retailers, including Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, and Michael Kors, to get a jump on the chicest blouses for fall. Keep reading for Woman’s World’s picks for the best best blouses for transitioning from day to night.
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