I will declare my hand; I love embroidered everything.
So the answer is a resounding, “no“.
London is in a glorious swing right now and with the blossoms blooming and the sunlight pouring I can’t help but think of lighter days; lighter in every way.
With a life less formal I try and imagine ways I can re-invent my dressing without falling back to my tailored ways. Suits and all that just don’t seem to be my garb of choice; I still revere the masculine/feminine look of a good old pinstripe but they aren’t for me at this moment. I know life will turn and we will be singing their praises soon enough but for now, I have another idea.
Last year I became a little more adventurous with my blouses and added embroidery to my collection. Less structured, not so classic and maybe slightly on the bohemian side I wore them with jeans – in particular, a white pair – over the spring and summer. This year I’m thinking I’ll add to my mix with another one and try it with a pair of sweats on my lazy days and my jeans when I feel the need to be “tighter”.
When it comes to an embroidered blouse how far do we go?
I think if the rest of our outfit is simple we can have a fair bit of artistic license.
My only requirement is to avoid too much puffiness and especially around the sleeves. It’s not I don’t like it, but rather short puffy sleeves don’t suit me anymore. Once upon a time, I was “puff” everything; not anymore, they need to be a longer sleeve if there is fullness in sight. It is a little bit like a Peter Pan collar, adorable on the babies but not for me.
Do we tuck them in or leave them out?
Depending on the style I do either but mostly I wear them out and like them ending at the mid-hip level.
Do we choose dark or light fabrics? Going for a monochrome or colourful embellishment?
Again, I wear all variations but tend to contrast the top and the bottom. The style of the blouse becomes more impactful then.
Too much bohemian? Never – it’s all in the way we wear it. xv
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