Outfit Of The Day For June 5, 2013: How To Toughen Up A Frilly Blouse

The best way to take some frill away from a flouncy, floral blouse is to add some edge with clean lines to the rest of your look. It is spring after all, so I felt like wearing this bright floral blouse, but to tone it down I wore it under a black leather jacket and paired it with almost black denim jeans. Just for fun I wore a vintage tassel pendant necklace in pearl and turquoise blue, which is a color that is nowhere at all in the blouse. My handbag adds another pop of color. Don’t be afraid to add contrasting colors. It’s no longer about being matchy-matchy. That went out with the 90’s.
Blouse: CAbi, no longer available, courtesy of CAbi. See this Haute Hippie Sleeveless Floral Blouse, $325 or this BASLER Floral Ruffle Front Blouse – Bloomingdale’s Exclusive, now $190
Camisole: PINK Lace Racerback Bralette in Navy, courtesy of Victoria’s Secret PINK, $26.50 These bralettes are perfect to wear under sheer or plunging blouses.
Jeans: DIESEL ‘Livier’ Stretch Denim Skinny Jeans (Blue), now $106.80
Jacket: All Saints, no longer available. This All Saints Villers Leather Trench Coat, $850 would be a welcome addition to any (my!) wardrobe.
Necklace: Vintage. See this Ariel Gordon JewelryRose Cut Turquois Necklace, $361, or this Sabine Two Link Tassle Necklace, only $34
Handbag: Ann Taylor, no longer available. See this Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini M.A.C.’ Shoulder Bag in Bronze, $195
Sandals: Joe’s Jeans, no longer available.  See these LD Tuttle The Forward Sandals, now $340.20
Haircut & Color: Sassoon Chicago
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Barry Weiss

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