Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Make it Work: Red Blouse

Recently I reflected on my purchases from January 2013. My red blouse came in as a medium purchase - not a great purchase, but not a terrible one either. I was really excited about the purchase at the time, and envisioned myself wearing it all the time. Or at least more than five times over the course of two years. So I've made a plan to make it work, wear it a bunch, and hopefully this time next year be able to bump it from a 'medium' purchase to a good/great one.

I'll admit that I over-think things when it comes to styling this top. I went simple this time. Any ideas for how I should style this blouse next?

Blouse: J. Crew | option
Necklace: Groopdealz | almost exact
Pants: The Limited | exact
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option


  1. You can never go wrong with a simple and cute outfit.

  2. I think it would look great when you tuck it into a nice pencil skirt or tuck it into some chino pants!? Its a cute blouse and I am sure you can find many possibilites for it :)

  3. I really like the red! I don't wear much red, but when I do I am always glad that I did. I think it would look great with a pencil skirt. Or under a vest?

  4. I like red, but it always stumps me when styling it. You definitely can't go wrong with a classic look like this!

  5. I love how analytical you are with your purchases! This outfit is purchase and the red can be layered under a sweater or a dress for next time.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  6. So cute! I really like the way you've styled your red blouse here. I can see wearing this with your gray blazer with black edging that I like so much, or maybe with a fun pencil skirt? I would like to find a similar blouse myself :)

  7. This is a great top Kate! I love that you're going to try to style it more. What about wearing it with a striped pencil skirt? Or half tucked into blue jeans for a weekend casual look?

  8. Sometimes simple is the way to go! This is such a pretty shade of red and I love how you've styled it here! Maybe try it layered under a neutral colored vest?

  9. Gosh, I just love the color on you so much. I am not even paying attention to the rest of the outfit. Maybe you could wear it with your striped skirt?

  10. i love this "making it work" idea. i'd probably be afraid to review some of my purchases from that long ago, but i admire that you approached it head on. this looks like a great blouse, so hopefully you find yourself reaching for it more often!

  11. I own an identical blouse from Express. I actually wore it during the day on Valentine's day under a gray sweatshirt and black leggings. But my favorite way I wore it is with my cobalt pencil skirt and denim jacket. It is an outfit I loved and I also got many compliments on. Try it. =)

  12. I really like this top on you, Kate - you look great in red! Some of my ideas:
    - with your striped pencil skirt
    - with jeans and sneakers (and your black vest??)
    - with a colorful contrasting skirt?
    - with your gray/black blazer
    - with white skinny jeans?


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