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Favorite Fall Blouse

Favorite Fall Blouse

One of the prettiest looks we’ve seen lately is the romantic blouse — a little Victorian-inspired, a little American prairie and a little French-girl cool. (Rebecca Taylor’s awesome version was inspired by her trips to Paris in the 70s.) With their relaxed frills and bibs of lace or eyelet, these tops would look great on a date nights or tucked into jeans on the weekend.

Here are five we’d love to wear: cotton, stripe, sweater, eyelet and pintuck.

Thoughts? Would you wear one?

P.S. Cool jeans, and a funny trend.

(Top blouse from Zara.)

  1. Sasha says...

    I have a blouse, white linen, so similar, puff sleeves, ruffles down the front, and a waist ruffle too, and high neck, with, you guessed it, a ruffle. Bought at a thrift shop, to wear as a 1890s-1910 frontier living history interpreter with a floor length skirt, black high heel lace up leather boots and a pinafore apron. Hair in bun. I rocked it ladies.

    As for my modern look, I think I’m a little to emancipated for all the ruffles.

  2. Colleen says...

    Little too vintage for me.

  3. Stacie says...

    These totally make me think of the puffy shirt from Seinfeld, haha! Still cute though, I really like the ASOS one.

  4. Lisa says...

    When I got my hair cut a couple of months ago, one of the hairdressers was wearing a top similar to this with jeans, bright red lips, a topknot and a black bra underneath and it was just perfect. Casual and sexy but not too sexy at the same time. I went and got a similar top the next day (but I haven’t tried the look yet)

  5. Katie says...

    They’re sweet! I have a linen one already that’s similar, and I love the look with jeans and tough boots.
    These blouses have been all over vintage stores for a while! Shop local instead of buying new!

  6. MaryMargaret says...

    Prairie, Puffy, Poet, Pirate. Hard pass!

    • Aga says...

      lol!

  7. Alice says...

    Love the blouse but, like others would never wear it, having a larger chest.

    But seriously – what is with the tongue in the picture??
    Totally ruins the shirt for me. Are they trying to update the look? So many ways to do that without chanelling Miley Cyrus!

  8. Sara says...

    What’s that you say?!? A plus size option? You’re the best!
    Kiddos too on the variety of price points. Thank you.

  9. I wasn’t so sure I’d wear this style house, until I saw the victorian option. It’s gorgeous!

    Funnily enough I had never heard of Sezane before today. And now I’ve seen it mentioned in two places. Here and madewell, you know what they say about birds of a feather.

  10. Beth says...

    Looks aside, I don’t think my personality could pull one of these off! I somehow always end up being “even-beth” – even Beth doesn’t like xyz… even Beth thinks it’s funny… even Beth wants to go for a drink. I’ve always been such a dag and although I think these tops are sweet they would make me feel like a good little kid dressed up to go to Sunday school!

  11. So pretty! I always love a good feminine blouse, especially from Zara.

  12. I think these look lovely on other people but it’s a hard pass for me. Reminds me too much of the ‘poet blouses’ that were briefly in style in the mid-ninties when I was in junior high. I had this one that I wore all the time and now cringe to think of it. I’m much more of a menswear inspired style person anyway and tend to stay away from ruffles. But more power to the Barbs/pirates/poets out there! :-D

    • Lol! yes!

    • Frankie Rose says...

      Too true!

    • Aga says...

      And some of them remind me of Seinfeld’s puffy shirt!

  13. Sarah says...

    I’ve been accidentally “rocking” the turtleneck hair (and coat hair and sweater hair and t-shirt hair and so on) for years. It’s honestly because I’m so out of touch with how I look on most days that I don’t even notice. Good to know I’m actually sporting a trend for once!

  14. (not having read the comments) Does this remind anyone of the Seinfeld episode about the pirate shirts? This style would look TERRIBLE on me as a larger chested person. To me, it makes many breasts look much droopier than they are. Plus, white? I never wear white…so hard to keep clean!

    • katie says...

      Seinfeld. It’s all I could think.

    • Heather says...

      I totally agree! Terrible for large chested women such as myself (although I did appreciation the last being a plus size style!) and yes Seinfeld. “But I don’t wanna be a pirate!”

    • AmyB says...

      I second the “no” for larger busts…I’m a 34H/I (and 8months pregnant, but still a DD on average) and this would be awful on me! For the lithe ladies out there, tho, it looks lovely!

    • Karen says...

      Sooo true – as a busty lady it’s a no go. I can’t get enough Cup of Jo (LOVE!) but I find that’s the case with a lot of the featured styles here. They’re gorgeous, but they’re just not for busty gals. Still love the style inspiration!

    • A says...

      Agreed. I actually love the fashion on Cup of Jo but from the perspective of a total outsider. I would never dream of buying any of the pieces. It’s a body shape thing, not a budget thing. I’m breastfeeding and hence have a skinny(ish) bottom half and an insanely mahoosive chest. These blouses would make me look like a Victorian freak show! Kudos to the CoJ team for the plus size option but truthfully, I just don’t think the fashion world caters for busty Mamas.

  15. I adore the Zara blouse pictured! I know that it’s probably not on trend this year, but I have 2 fur vest (one real, that I spent entirely too much money on, and one that is totally fake and cheap and has still lasted me about 6 years!) and I LOVE the easy look of layers them over feminine blouses. It’s just so easy, and once I add a felt hat, it’s instantly put together and chic (even with bad hair!) Ahhh, I love fall!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  16. yael steren says...

    I LOVE this look and would definitely wear it! You can be certain it will appear on my blog!!! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  17. gosia says...

    The blouse is very pretty but: I’m writing because today I went to a book shop to get something to read and I came across Paul’s book, translated to my native Polish. My heart started racing: I felt so excited to put my hands on this book because I remember the story of Paul, so touching, painful and yet beautiful, that you shared some time ago. This book is just ‘unputdownable’ and so significant. As beautiful as I found Paul in it. Sending all my love to your sister, her daughter and you all the way from Warsaw, Poland

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, gosia. that means so much. xoxo

  18. oooh, i love a pretty blouse. i think the zara one is my favorite.

  19. Trish O says...

    I have the GAP one you list. It is very pretty on and easy to wear. I have put with some cropped wide-leg pants from Madewell and really enjoy wearing it.

    These shirts remind my of the Prairie shirts I wore in elementary school in the early 80s. I had a wonderful blue and white rugby striped on cute in the SAME style as the Zara one pictured (I know, I know…work with me here. It was 1981). I loved that shirt sooo much.

    I also was in an Out of Africa phase in early high school (I think the brand we all had was called Outback Red from The Limited) and it felt like this.

    I know “they” say if you had a fad once you should not wear it again…but I am totally digging this one again. If only I still had that blue striped shirt.

  20. Jill Palumbo says...

    I love feminine white blouses and actually own several. I can’t do a very high neckline though, I feel like I’m choking.

  21. Riye says...

    They’re really pretty–but probably not. I’m a black t-shirt and jeans lady. :-)

  22. Thu-Nhi says...

    I love Zara’s version (pictured) for its soft and airy look — and price point :). Thanks for sharing!

  23. I cannot wear white/cream tops with my winter pale skin without looking completely washed out. I envy those who can!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i do too but then layer on a crazy amount of blush :)

  24. anonymous says...

    I love this look but, living in Utah and having long hair, unfortunately I worry it might come off as a bit polygamist-y! I think it’s interesting that different clothes can make completely different impressions depending on where you are.

    • Trish O says...

      This is such a true point about different clothes reading differently in various areas that you live. I often see things on the Today Show or something that they talk about how all the people in New York wear to work but find myself thinking the same outfit would seem very out of place in my Central Illinois office.

    • Emily says...

      As a fellow Utahn, I agree 100%. It’s FLDS all the way.

    • Carol says...

      My 16-year-old daughter could totally pull this off. We are LDS but in Arizona and noone would ever think FLDS about this blouse (that I know of). In fact, I am going to look for a sweet blouse like this for her. LOL I love the perspective from the Utah people. Must be something to it up there!

  25. Laura C. says...

    Absolutely yes! I don’t fancy shirts but those bloses are awesome. Also Michelle’s one is great!

  26. Carmen B says...

    Hey, thanks for including the Asos Curve option!

    • Meghan says...

      Me too! I was just going to say that, haha.

    • Laura says...

      Was about the post the same thing! These are definitely puffy shirts.

    • Louisa says...

      Totally thought this, too!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha you’re so right. makes me love it even more though :)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      That is a great one!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so pretty!