Cool Ways To Wear Your Blouses

Blouses—they're the staple of every adult woman's wardrobe. Whether it's buttoned up, tucked in, tied up, or let loose, blouses can look polished, casual, or whimsical, depending on how you style them. We're big on blouses here at R29, and know that there are hundreds of ways to keep the standby feeling fresh. Here are five of our favorite ways to rock a blouse this fall.
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Stud That Collar—It's just good timing that dickies are popular nowadays, and you can find studded, bejeweled collars at specialty shops. If you want to make one yourself, it's an easy DIY project, too. Just grab a glue gun, an old shirt, some jewels and a glass of wine—make an evening out of it!

Above, clockwise from left: Emily Browning photographed by Lianna Tarantin wearing 3.1 Phillip Lim; Cameo Studded Collar Shirt, $126, available at Pixie Market; ASOS Jewelled Peter Pan Collar, $37.93, available at ASOS.
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Balance the Patterns—Patterned blouses haven't seen the light of day since the '70s, but we don't have to wear 'em with crushed velvet bellbottoms like our parents did. Instead, tuck it into a slim-fit dark skirt or trouser to minimize the flair.

Above, clockwise from left: ASOS Animal Print Blouse, $48.27, available at ASOS; Mink Pink Maggie Blouse, $78, available at Nasty Gal.
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Peek-a-Boo—Worn with a shrunken sweater, a blouse can provide the perfect backdrop to this season's patterned jumper. Make sure the collar and the bottom of the blouse can peek out, just for fun.

Above, clockwise from left: Photo via ASOS; MiH Jeans Black Tie Cotton Shirt, $165, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Brave the Sheer—Depending on how daring you are, a sheer shirt can be made more modest with either an opaque bra or a sleek camisole. Either leave it untucked and pair it with a high-waisted skirt or pants, or tuck it in for more of a clean, daytime look.

Above, clockwise from left: D&G Chiffon Blouse, $525, available at Net-A-Porter; Cheap Monday Midnight Frills Shirt, $88, available at Nasty Gal.
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DIY A Bow-Tie—Grab a piece of good quality ribbon and loop it under the collar of a blouse. Create a loose bow-tie and get ready for the compliments to start pouring in.

Above, clockwise from left: Photo via American Apparel; photo via Pixie Market.