Rise to the top – Your guide to women’s shirts and blouses

Rise to the top
Your guide to women’s shirts and blouses

Whether you’re dressing to impress at a social get-together or need a stylish smart-casual look for coffee with friends, there’s a shirt or blouse for every occasion. From the classic white button-up to a floaty boho-inspired blouses, we’ve got a range of style tips and ideas to ensure you get the best out of this trusty wardrobe staple and stay in style whatever the occasion.

Pretty yet practical

Looking good doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on style. Given a little bit of careful consideration - with the right fabrics, fit and details – the perfect shirt or blouse can and should tick all the boxes. The possibilities for how to wear them are endless, but there are a couple of go-to styling suggestions we’d always recommend.

For everyday wear, you’ll want something simple and understated. Try pairing a crisp, white long sleeved collared shirt with a pair of grey or French blue chinos and accessorize with a brown belt and boots to achieve a classic yet contemporary look. It’ll work equally well whether you’re nipping to the shops or going for out for lunch. In warmer months, trade the shirt for a light and airy short-sleeved pleated blouse and switch the boots for a pair of loafers or ballet flats.

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Style tip: Keep a slightly tailored blazer or jacket to hand and you can easily smarten this look up a bit if you’ve got something more formal in your diary.

Our versatile range of jackets can be matched to more or less any occasion. Take a look for yourself here.

Casually classic

A social outing or get-together is the perfect excuse to experiment a bit more – branching out with different colours and styles. During the spring and summer months, try matching a short-sleeved shirt In a bright print with white chinos or jeans, completing the look with a pair of flats.

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Bold colours, such as pink, blue or yellow, are having a moment in the fashion world and look great worn as a block colour or as part of a print, especially against a pair of neutral trousers. For a fresh, spring-inspired look, try swapping the shirt for a floaty blouse or tunic with embroidered detail or bead embellishment and a pair of strappy sandals. This look is a winner on so many levels; it’s light, airy and flattering for all body shapes.

For a fresh, springtime look, try swapping the shirt for a floating tunic with a beaded or patterned hem, complemented with a pair of sandals. This is another style that can work for you on so many levels; it’s light, airy and flattering for all body shapes.

If you’re keeping things bold, you’ll usually want to offset those lively shades up top with solid blocks of colour on the bottom. Simply opt for muted sun-bleached brights in summer and something on the darker end of the spectrum during the cooler months.

Style tip: You can drastically alter the look and feel of the aforementioned outfits by accessorising with some carefully selected jewellery. Delicate silver or gold necklaces and bracelets look great with brighter coloured shirts, while dark, chunky bangles and beaded necklaces work better with more neutral colours.

Plain to patterned, long sleeved to short sleeved, we have a shirt for every occasion. Click here to see them all.

Effortless evening looks

If you have a casual dinner date that doesn’t require a dress or more formal look, then why not opt for a long-sleeved blouse in a vibrant pink or rich blue? Wear it with a pair of classic blue jeans and a low heeled court shoe and you’ll be comfortable without skimping on style. Complement this combo during crisp, cold months with a long cardigan to keep the chill at bay. Or, for a sophisticated twist, opt for a dark-coloured tweed jacket.

If comfort is a must, or if your evening just consists of popping round a friend’s house or grabbing an informal bite to eat, you can team something like a sky blue denim tunic with dark blue leggings and pumps. Combining different tones of the same colour can be difficult to pull off, but when it works it makes for a great understated look.

The above is versatile enough to be worn during the day as well as the night through summer months, making it the perfect outfit to take on holiday for that afternoon stroll that turns into an evening meal. For the winter, consider working a quilted jacket into the mix. It’ll look as at home on the high street as it does on countryside dog walks.

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For a touch of easy glamour, try wearing a beaded hem tunic with your favourite pair of jeans or chinos. It’s one of those looks that adapts to the occasion you’re wearing it for, taking you from day to night with little to no effort. It’s effortlessly striking yet remains down to earth, comfy and casual.

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Style tip: If you’re looking for an evening-appropriate blouse, try experimenting with sequins, beads and lower cut necklines, which are more appropriate for a special occasion.

It’s important to remember that each of the above styles can be tweaked and adjusted to suit the season as well as your own personal style – don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and accessories in order to give your look some individuality.

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