Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ladies First; Trends It's Autumn and High Time You Embraced Your Feminine Side. Screw the Shirt, Says Karen Dacre Girls' Blouses Are Big News

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ladies First; Trends It's Autumn and High Time You Embraced Your Feminine Side. Screw the Shirt, Says Karen Dacre Girls' Blouses Are Big News

Article excerpt

Byline: Karen Dacre

IF YOU, like whole Uber-loads of women I know, are the sort who screws up her face at fashion's floaty, feminine side, you may wish to look away now. Now turn back -- is it high time we lightened up? After all, indulging "the lady" within is, it would seem, the season's zeitgeist. Championed by Gucci's Allesandro Michele and by Miuccia Prada -- a woman who has made a career out of simultaneously embracing and rejecting so-called ladylike codes -- a heroine who shuns mannish minimalism in favour of frills and fun is the season's leader.

As a result, slouchy navy blazers give way to neatly tailored jackets in pastel shades while the ever-dependable tuxedo pant plays second fiddle to knee-length pleated skirts in nourishing shades. This season also demands that we embrace the blouse.

Set to join a navy cashmere sweater and a pair of carpenter jeans as one of the most called-upon items in your wardrobe, a blouse in all its unashamedly girlie glory is poised for staple status and is the foundation on which a whole host of stellar autumn collections were built -- so much so, in fact, that you'll be hard pressed to find a collection in which one doesn't feature.

COM To fully comprehend the blouse as a CATWALKING.

viable contemporary fashion item that's worth both your brain power and your bank balance, it's important that you fully grasp its character. Or more simply, register the fact that it's different, in fashion terms at least, from the classic button-up shirts we've come to rely on in recent seasons.

Generally but not always crafted from silk and fastened with a row of buttons, a blouse should be collarless. Some -- see Gucci and Saint Laurent -- come trimmed with pussy-bow trims while others, such as Jonathan Anderson's colour-drenched creations, feature subtle bell-sleeves. The blouse, which by the way is not to be looked upon as a replacement for your favourite oxford shirt but as a worthy addition to your increasingly dynamic collection of failsafes, brings with it a whole host of new dressing opportunities. Especially for those of us who find dressing for evening in anything that isn't a pair of jeans a bit of a drag. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.