Apr 30, 201206:59 PMGirl Next Door
British fashionista Charlotte Crowley tells you what to wear—and what NOT to wear.
Three Ways to Wear It: Mint Blouse
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Here's a picture of me wearing a mint blouse with coral jeans and a light pink jaket
With the current economic climate, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had to rethink my usual shopping habits. These days, instead of picking up anything and everything in H&M 'just because', I really have to think about choosing pieces that are going to last instead of pieces that seem great at that moment, but end up at the back of my wardrobe, with the tags looming guiltily, still attached. To ensure I always pick the best pieces, I play the “three ways game” for every item I consider buying- I have to find three different ways to remix the item (remixing: wearing the same item in different ways and with different things). This ensures that the item will fit easily into my wardrobe, and creates three new outfits straight away. Over the next few weeks, I'll be picking some of my favourite S/S2012 items and showing you three ways to wear them.
Today I've picked a mint blouse.
Mint is the colour of the season and a mint blouse is a great way to work the pastel trend. If you have any nude pieces from the last few summers, they will work perfectly, as will bleached denim, pastel pink, lemons and lilacs. Button-ups are also perfect for summer- light, romantic and feminine but with an androgynous twist. I've chosen this simple, long-length blouse from H&M as it's an absolute bargain and a great way to add mint to your wardrobe without spending a lot of money- perfect if you're a bit nervous about trying it out! Here are the three ways which I would wear it...
Simple and classic
For a classic and chic look, pair this blouse with a pair of skinny jeans to balance the looseness of its shape (you can tuck it in if you like), a tailored blazer and ballet flats. For a more spring-time look, chose light or bleached jeans (or coloured jeans if you're feeling flashy!) with a light grey blazer or for a classic (and more formal twist) chose dark indigo or black jeans, with a black blazer.
Pastels are a huge trend for the warmer months, so channel this by pairing the blouse with another pastel colour. When it comes to mixing pastels, there really aren't any rules, so pair with a skirt in nude, pastel pink, cream, lilac, lemon or baby blue and bare legs, and add a light jacket and wedges for a perfect spring look.
As soon as I saw this blouse, my brain instantly thought “floral leggings.” Admittedly, they're not for everyone, but if you have the legs then go for it! The longer length means you can get away with just wearing leggings without worrying about looking indecent, and the simple block colour also works great with a pattern. If floral leggings aren't you thing, try tucking it into a floral skirt and pair with ankle boots and a leather jacket.