Recently I found myself running into the same roadblock over and over when I was trying to put together more elevated casual outfits. I wanted to wear something that looked a little more polished and even feminine, but didn’t seem to have what I needed in my closet to create this “unicorn outfit.” Do you ever have that happen? Finally, after a lot of frustration, I determined my wardrobe was missing this basic piece.
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What was my wardrobe missing? A pretty blouse…or two. While I tend to wear pullover sweaters frequently during the colder months, I do indeed need some pretty blouses for a few reasons. One, when it’s time to record YouTube videos, I need a shirt with a collar to attach my microphone. I know that sounds silly, but it’s actually a pretty big part of my life since I record at least one video for each week.
Also if I want to wear my cardigans – and I have quite a few in my closet – then I like to have some pretty blouses to wear under them. And finally, I just think a silky blouse is such a nice feminine option for church, dinner out or other nice occasions.
So I’ve purchased several pretty blouses recently. Some are actually popovers, but they wear like blouses. While others are true button-ups. I especially love this black and white floral tie neck top. It works so well with black slacks, of course, but is equally pretty with jeans or my red pants. By the way, this polyester blouse is 40% off today. It runs true to size; I’m wearing a medium.
I think this blouse, trousers and jacket combo looks polished for the office, but also dressy enough for a Christmas party. That’s the magic of a blouse; it can elevate a simple outfit and make it feel more festive and feminine.
Here I’m wearing my black Tribeca pants from Talbots. They’re an ankle length trouser with modern pleats and a high waist. But I also have and enjoy the black Hampshire ankle pants, which have a slightly longer inseam and a more mid rise and no pleats. Of course, you could wear a full length trouser with a more traditional silhouette like these Weston pants from Talbots, too.
My geranium red cashmere and wool jacket from Theory is a double faced coat, meaning it doesn’t have a lining, but features the beautiful cashmere and wool blend fabric inside and out. It has such a lovely drape. I’m wearing a size large, which is accurate for the sizing chart. The jacket also comes in camel and navy.
I’ve also purchased a few other pretty blouses recently. You may have seen me wear this moody floral top in this week’s YouTube video. And I’ve worn this shiny blush colored blouse and this navy velour top in recent videos as well. Finally, I got this Amalfi black and white stripe silk shirt in from LilySilk this week, too. You can use code KayH15 at LilySilk to get 15% off sitewide or code KayH20 to get 20% off your order of $500+.
I’ve rounded up other pretty blouses along with the items I’ve worn here in the shopping widget below. Oh, and I’m wearing my Ally black pumps here. Remember, you can always use code KAYHEELS to get $40 off your first pair of heels at Ally.
Thanks so much for dropping in today. Have you recently discovered that your wardrobe is missing a basic? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. And by the way, I didn’t have time to look for more affordable options today. But my assistant Holly is creating a Kay’s Look for Less style board for my email subscribers. You’ll get it in Saturday’s email! Have a great day!
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Blessed for My Day
The older I get and the long I live in this world, the more I have realized the importance of being able to think biblically. When push comes to shove, as it so often does, I am somewhat prone to get a little frazzled in my thinking. New ideas and world events and cultural shifts can challenge my ideology so easily it seems. One minute I can be sailing along thinking I’ve got a pretty firm grasp on how to live a godly life and the next I’m feeling a little wobbly on my positions. Can you relate?
That’s why I think it’s so important that we become truly grounded in God’s Word. It’s as I read the Bible daily, consistently and systematically that I become more familiar with the true character of my God. I’ll never know Him fully, but I can know Him more clearly. God reveals Himself to those who seek Him humbly and diligently. And the more I know Him, the more I will be able to stand firm…like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego…when new philosophies, cultural shifts and even government edicts shove into me. I’ve already committed to reading through my Daily Life Principles Bible again this next year. I hope you’ll join me in a similar commitment.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” ~ Daniel 3:16-18