A friend of ours went to visit one of the designers of Mexican brand, TEAMO, and sent us this picture of one of their Spring 09 blouses. Buttoned-up and cropped to perfection, it got us thinking about how many blouses were styled this way on the Spring 09 runways. Crop tops we're written about, but the buttoned-up look is just now permeating in our minds. We remember seeing a similar look, right off the bat, at the Karen Walker show. It was similarly cropped but, in this case, floral. There were also fabulous examples of buttoned-up tops at Behnaz Sarafpour--these came with strong shoulders too. Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren both did it in creams with full fledged androgynous styling to boot. Even Marc Jacobs, as feminine as was his Spring 09 collection, kept things tidy with this look. 'Buttoned up', admittedly, is something we'll see every season but there seemed to be a plethora of examples this Spring. Just like the choice to tuck-in, buttoning up is a subtle yet marked trend in its own right.
To see that pink TEAMO blouse in action, click here.
This Diane von Furstenberg Philippine Blouse ($285) encompasses two Fab trends: a nude color palette and plenty of pleats. I would toughen this romantic blouse with a pair of skinny black pants and my favorite Fall jacket. Sounds Fab, huh? The only thing stopping me from putting it all together is the price.
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There's something magical about mixing together the hard and soft. Take for instance fluid silk tops. Alone, these romantic blouses can come off overly girly, but the trick is to style them with sleek pants and hard-edge adornments.
Molly Ringwald not only had dancing skills, the girl was the teen queen of the '80s. While crushing over Jake Ryan (so hot) in Sixteen Candles, being the not-so-popular girl in Pretty In Pink, or playing prom queen in The Breakfast Club, Molly ruled in her leather bombers, scrunched boots, frilly tops, and blazers. It's time to take your back to cool style, well, back in time!
Amidst all the drama, Sienna Miller is still one fashionable babe. If you're going to get your photo taken by the paparazzi, you might as well look cute, right?
I'm loving the semisheer romantic blouse she's jetsetting in. It's a great alternative to wearing a basic tee with your jeans and doesn't appear stuffy. When choosing a romantic blouse, look for one with a casual fit and fun detailing such as stripes, ruffles, or frills. Kudos to Sienna for accessorizing her feminine look with a funky Gucci belt.