If you peek into my wardrobe, you’ll see a kaleidoscope of colors and styles, from yoga pants on one side to formal gowns on the other.  In the middle of my closet, between my everyday jeans and special occasion dresses, are my work clothes.  Although I’m not in an office all day anymore, there are plenty of occasions when I need professional attire, so I have a small collection of tailored pants, skirts, blouses and jackets that I can mix and match.  My favorite piece in this collection is a multicolor floral blouse that I bought while on vacation in the U.K.  (It has sold out now, but this print from Zara is quite similar.)  

If you’re looking for a way to refresh your work wardrobe, consider a floral blouse in silk or polyester.  Here are 7 reasons why: 

  1. A silk or polyester chiffon blouse is wrinkle resistant.
  2. Find one that hits at your hip, and you’ll have the option to tuck it in or leave it out.
  3. If your work attire is fairly neutral, your multicolor floral blouse will add a pop of color which makes for a much more interesting outfit. 
  4. A floral blouse is feminine, classic, dressy, and effortless all at the same time.  
  5. Florals coordinate beautifully with other patterns like plaid, houndstooth, tweed, and stripes.
  6. A soft blouse skims and flatters your body, unlike a t-shirt which can cling, or a buttondown shirt which can look boxy. 
  7. It’s versatile.  Wear it with a suit, pants, a skirt or jeans. 

Outfit 1: Floral Blouse + Tailored Pants + Booties/Pumps 

A floral blouse softens a jacket and pants combination.  If I didn’t already have this print in a dress, I would buy L.K. Bennett’s Alisa Blue Print Top to wear with a black jacket, pants, and booties.  

If you prefer warmer tones like tan and brown, this Kimmi Cream Silk Frill Top  would be lovely with camel pants.  For classic but comfortable pumps, try Banana Republic’s Madison 12 Hour Heels

This Joie Elzie Silk Blouse comes in three different colors.  Just be sure to wear a camisole or tank underneath, as it is sheer.  

All of these blouse options can be tucked into pants with a straight or wide leg.  You can also wear them untucked over pants with a tapered (slimmer) leg.  

Multicolor Floral Blouse + Tailored Pants + Booties/Pumps

 

Outfit 2: Floral Blouse + Textured Pencil Skirt + Kitten Heels

A pencil skirt is a classic look for work.  I love that this one from Ann Taylor has a texture that makes it a little more interesting than a basic pencil skirt.  

Multicolor Floral Blouse + Pencil Skirt + Kitten Heels

An A-line skirt (wider at the bottom than a pencil skirt) would also work well.  Just don’t pick a skirt with too much volume, since your top is fairly loose.  For this combination, you will definitely want to tuck your blouse in.  

This Cece Ruffle Sleeve Metallic Accent Blouse would add a little whimsy to a serious pencil skirt.  Cece’s Bloomsbury Floral Chiffon Ruffle Blouse comes in a white background as well as a dark one.  

For sophisticated shoes, try these  Dylan Suede Kitten Heel Pumps.  

 

Outfit 3:  The Multicolor Floral Blouse + Slim Pants + Mules 

This Anacortes Silk Blouse from Anthropologie is in a bright, cheerful print.  

Ann Taylor Loft’s Pintucked Tunic Blouse is sheer and drapey (so wear a camisole or tank underneath).  

This Aventine shirt from French connection has two floral prints in one shirt.  

These blouses are meant to be worn untucked, so they work well with slimmer pants. Wear any of these with Banana Republic’s Avery Straight-Fit Ankle Pants and some simple mules.

 

Outfit 4:  The Multicolor Floral Blouse + Jeans + Flats

If you work from home or have a casual dress code at work, this Floral Print Blouse from Zara is a colorful, relaxed option.  If you prefer fall colors, I like this Floral Print Blouse. Both would work with jeans and flats.  

Multicolor Floral Blouse + Dark Jeans + Yellow Bag

For a dressier look, wear a dark rinse denim, and add a small leather handbag.  

For a more casual look, try a cropped distressed denim with slip-on sneakers.  (Mine are past season ones from Dolce Vita.  Their Nino snakeskin print ones are new for fall.)  

L.K.Bennett Blouse + Jeans + Slip-on Sneakers

 

Do you have a floral blouse for work? Let me know your favorite way to wear it.  If you don’t have one, I’ll be pinning lots of options on my Fall /Winter 2018/2019 Style Board at various price points.

Have a great week! 

♥Nipa 

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