This review was originally featured in Threads #166 (April/May 2013).
Traditional blouse styles take on a modern, feminine vibe with gathers, shaped hems, and a roomier silhouette. These tops have dropped shoulders, low armholes, centerfront plackets, and fronts and backs gathered into deep yokes. There are short versions with curved hems, or a longer tunic with a high/low hem. The views come sleeveless or long-sleeved, with a vent and cuffs. The long sleeve is narrow, so check the circumference against that of your arm. Neckline types include a scoop, shirt-collar, or mandarin style. Side ties control the fullness on the long tunic view. Our tester found a notch on the placket to be much higher than the corresponding notch on the blouse front. Drapable, lightweight fabrics, such as georgette, challis, or crepe de Chine, are recommended. The top shown was sewn in a silk/cotton voile.
(Sized Misses’/Women’s 8-24W for busts 31.5-46 in.)
Style Tip: For a balanced look, pair this oversized top with a slim bottom, such as a long or short pencil skirt or skinny pant.
-Tested by Anne Kendall, Seekonk, Massachusetts
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Style tip: For a balanced look, pair this oversized top with a slim bottom, such as a long or short pencil skirt or skinny pant.
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