A loose fitting top is a good change of pace from tight fitting blouses and dresses for summer. During the warmer months it’s nice to have an airy shirt to wear with your casual denim, or your work attire, to keep comfy. Looser fitting shirts can create an effortless, stylish look.
Blouses have always been one of my favorite things to purchase because you can wear them season after season without feeling like you’re going against fashion trends. Sometimes when you pair a loose fitting top with baggier bottoms it may make you feel a little boxy. You can prevent this by tucking in the front of the shirt in your pants or skirt in order to accentuate your body. In my opinion, blouses are extremely sexy because they leave a lot to the imagination. However, it is crucial to pair your top with the right bottoms in order to look stylish and set your best fashionable side forward.
My first pick is an intricate black blouse. This top allows you to spice up a dull work suit. The long sleeves with cut outs and the lace v-neck are fun and differentiate it from your other black blouses. I would definitely avoid wearing a statement necklace or earrings with this top because it will look like you are trying too hard. Toss this on with a bold color skinny jean or your slacks and you are all set to head out of the house.
→ Buy the Dora Landa Jomi Lace-Up Cold Shoulder Blouse, $78.00, at bloomingdales.com.
Next up, an elegant, romantic blouse. I use those adjectives because you can wear this top on a date, but it’s perfect for a meeting as well. I have this top and I can’t tell you how many times it’s saved me time and fuss. This top has a magic touch and it allows you to look prim and proper when need be, and paired with a lace skirt it can be alluring and sexy. I say that’s pretty magnificent for a simple off white blouse, don’t you think?
→ Buy the Banana Republic Womens Long Sleeve Crepe Tie Neck Blouse, $48.99 (was $78.00), at bananarepublic.com.
Lastly, another Banana Republic blouse. This one is very vibrant with its stunning color combo. The blue and yellow work beautifully together giving it a non-offensive boldness. I love that it is pictured with white pants, but I would even consider wearing this with browns (rather than the typical black) to balance it out if worn to work. I chose this top because its one of my favorite color combinations and it looks great on most skin types.
→ Buy the Banana Republic Floral Print Blouse, $58.99 (was $88.00), at bananarepublic.com.
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny San Diego, California, where she's a Realtor with Apprize Realty, Inc., specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.