Why Haven’t I Ever Worn This Blouse?

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I’ve had this Victorian-style chiffon blouse from Newport News for ages. Seriously, at least three years. Somehow I had it in my head that it didn’t fit right, so I really hadn’t worn it. Going through my closet last week, I decided it was time to wear it, alter it or get rid of it. So I tried it on, and it fit perfectly!! I think I was convinced that the collar was supposed to be more snug around my neck, but I’m pretty sure I prefer it a little more open anyway. Also I tend to have a ridiculous fear of tucking in, which is probably why my brain told me never to wear this blouse.

In addition to the amazing ruffles, the sleeves have a bit of puff in the top half and are close-fitting from the elbow down. Check out the close-up below to see the fabulous buttons down the lower sleeves. I think this blouse worked out wonderfully well after all, although it failed to garner even a single comment at work. This small town just has no taste!! πŸ™‚ Seriously though, it’s probably because I wore all black. I’ve been noticing for quite a while that the less black I wear on a given day, the more compliments I get (and the more vehement the compliments are) around the office. I find it very sad that people are SO caught up over a color. BLACK IS JUST A COLOR. It won’t hurt you!! ;-D

The sterling silver and marcasite brooch came from a store in Glendale Galleria; I believe it was called Something Silver or something obvious like that. They carry very high-end silver jewelry (not your normal mall kiosk stuff), and I had my eye on this piece for quite a while before I finally splurged for it.

And since I did pay $15 for these terrible Frederick’s back-seam stockings, I figured I should wear them more than once. Still, the flaw lines in them kinda irritated me all day.


  1. This outfit looks great on you! It seems like you can rock just about any color you wear (I'm kinda jealous! lol). I think the reason people comment more when you wear different colors is because each color compliments different features (eyes, complexion, etc.) It just means you've found yet another complimentary color. πŸ˜‰ And again… jealous. hahaha

  2. Wow, magnificent blouse!

  3. You know, I had always thought of Newport News as a sort of boring "safe" fashion stores, but you find such great stuff there I am having to reconsider. This blouse is fabulous. I also love your hair accessory.

  4. Hoshii, that was my favorite feature, too!Jennifer, I'm glad you said that. It's a different perspective on the issue, and I know you mean it because you wear a fair amount of black yourself! ;-D I will always find all-black to be the most classy and therefore the most eye-appealing, but it's good to remember that we each see something a little bit different in everything!Sara, thanks! :)Sabayon, I'm all about changing perceptions. ;-D

  5. PS: The hair flower is from Ulta, and at a ridiculous $10 it's the most I've ever paid for a hair flower! But it's a shiny gray satin and I couldn't resist. πŸ™‚

  6. I agree with Hoshii: These buttons look so amazing!I've encountered the same phenomenon when I was still wearing all-black back in college. People would get so excited whenever I wore something not black. I was even asked to wear something pink just once because the guys wanted to see how I looked wearing a "normal" shirt…

  7. I'm just going to echo Hoshii — the sleeves! Beautiful outfit.

  8. WOOOO I love the buttons on the sleeves !

  9. Gorgeous blouse. Isn't that weird? I've had clothes in my closet for a long time, too, and then one day pulled them out to wear them. If I worked in your office, I would have commented on it. ; )

  10. Well, if I were one of your co-workers I would have been gushing over this blouse. The sleeves are exquisite! How cool that you got yourself a new blouse without spending any money! πŸ™‚

  11. Great shirt and detail!! Love your pics always look sooooo classy and gorgeous.<3 MarinaFashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

  12. This is a gorgeous blouse-I love it! No one in small towns ever have any taste, and they especially don't if they refuse to compliment you just because you wear "too much black" for their taste! Black is slimming, sophisticated, goes with everything, and doesn't show dirt and spills (especially important if you're as klutzy as I am)-what's not to love? πŸ™‚

  13. Dont you love finding something in your closet–and it works? it's like getting an unexpected present. It's beautiful and I love the entire chic look. Would've loved to see a close up of your hair flower!xoSadahttp://dressologyhq.blogspot.com/

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