EVERYONE NEEDS - A White Boho Blouse
During my years as a fashion student in the late 1990's I experimented with lots of different looks and styles. At 41 years old I pretty much know what suits me and what I like, and let's just say it's not bootcut flares, a purple shirt and a mullet.
My wardrobe now consists of white tops, dark denim jeans, statement shoes, bohemian jewellery, printed dresses, metallic accessories and oversized coats.
So, when I saw this embroidered white blouse from Anthropologie it had my name all over it.
I love the huge tassles, the flashes of red and the stunning embroidery. The embellishment has been created by machine but is an adaptation of a traditional hand technique of surrounding repeated cross stitch with an outline. I love how it's on the hem as well as the arms and neckline. When you're next shopping notice how often embroidery doesn't carry on to the back, or isn't on the sleeve. It costs a lot to embellish garments, once you notice how much embroidery is on a garment, and how detailed it is you'll really start to see the value in amazing tops like this and realise that they are an investment.
It's a great length to wear with jeans, but also looks ace tucked in to wide leg trousers or a midi skirt. It's meant to be worn off the shoulder, but I prefer to wear mine so it covers my bra strap as it just feels more comfortable.
I'm a size 14 and the large was the best for me. It does come in an XL which would apparently work for a size 18. However I've found something great in Monsoon called the Maisie Lace Sleeve Blouse that I've illustrated on a size 20 (range available 8-20) as an alternative. The costs is £88 for the Anthropologie one (remember what I said about the embroidery!) and £59 for the one from Monsoon.
I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created those above with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink.
I'd love to know what you think of this post, so please comment below.
Photos by Remco Merbis