I’m a big fan of a pencil skirt and blouse ensemble – it’s feminine but it means business. There’s some great blouses out there at the moment, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite styles.
|Pussybow short sleeve blouse, ASOS, £25|
I’ve seen pussybows on shirt patterns from the 30s right up through the 70s – they’re so versatile for creating different looks depending on the material or colour. Not enough people wear them today! I like the coral colour of this shirt too, very Joan.
|Long Sleeve Blouse, Vivien of Holloway, £39|
I love this one – again, a popular collar style that you see often through the 40s to 60s and even better, Vivien of Holloway offer it in just so many different patterns. I think this one is kinda delicate 40s, but there’s some fantastic 50s-style ginghams too.
Peter Pan collar
|Chloe light brown top, Rock Steady @ Retro Vixens, £26.97|
This one has a 60s mod flavour with its peter pan collar and contrast details. Good sleeve length too.
|Gretta shirt, Retro Vixens, £36.97|
This is on my wish-list for as soon as I get paid – simple but classic. Again the collar gives a 40s/50s appeal, along with the sleeve-length. Surely an office staple.
|Greta shirt, Collectif, £30|
The pleating and draping on this blouse hints at the 40s – although the anchor print is a modern rockabilly twist. Collectif have also just released plain versions of this blouse.
|Black floral print peplum top, Dorothy Perkins, £17|
Floral print? Check. Peplum? Check. Cute 40s style shirt? Check. And all for the bargain sale price of £17 – thanks, Dorothy Perkins.
|Shirt with elephant print, ASOS, £35|
Ok, so maybe elephants aren’t going to appear on any shirt you find in a vintage shop, but I couldn’t resist. Actually, the shape of this shirt is quite classic and you can either wear the sleeves down or shorten them to almost a bracelet sleeve length using a concealed button fastening.
Two office looks… (the left skirt is mine and the right skirt is this 40s skirt I wish I owned from Collectif)