Jill Laine

Beyond your basic blouse!

Hello SK Style Watchers! When you think of blouses, what comes to mind? Maybe that they've been around for eons, and that they're usually pretty typical and basic, right? Well this fall, blouses have been reinvented, and today I'm going to show you the new and improved options out there!

Trendspotting: New & improved: Blouses for fall 2012

What I love about this new crop of blouses is that they instantly add major style to your look. They're easily paired with another favorite of the season -- a pencil skirt -- or if you're more daring, how about a pair of leather leggings? No matter how you choose to wear them, the end result is always gorgeous! Today I'm going to talk about three of my new blouse favorites, because you guessed it, this is my pick as trend of the week!

All of the blouses I'm showing you today are by Aryn K, including the fabulous one that I'm wearing.

Our pick: DVF Joanne Blouse (Nordstrom, $345)


A favorite of vintage '80s style lovers, metallic patterns are a great choice when mixed with vibrant colors. Just a little touch of gold, bronze or silver really adds a big pop to an otherwise expected top. This shape is so flattering too, with the stylized peplum here at the bottom which will accentuate your shape yet loosely flow over any areas of extra goodness, as I like to call it, that you want to hide.

Our pick: DVF Joanne Blouse (Nordstrom, $345)

Our pick: Faux Leather Collar Lace Top (ASOS, $57)

Leather piping

Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that leather is huge for this season! Expect to see many blouses with leather piping or collars, just enough to add a bit of masculine flair to your look. This blouse is boxy and voluminous, so you'll want to pair it with a fitted bottom, like skinny jeans or leather shorts and tights.

Our pick: Faux Leather Collar Lace Top (ASOS, $57)

Our pick: Cut Out Top (NastyGal, $48)

Cut outs

This is definitely one of the trends I'm looking most forward to with blouses this season. While the front of the blouse is straightforward, the cut-outs are flirty, sexy and unexpected. A quick tip for dressing sexy is to pick one area to show off, and you'll never look like you've tried too hard.

Now just because these have the cut outs, don't dismiss these for the office. They can be worn with a little jacket or cardigan from nine to five and then on their own for any after-hours fun.

Our pick: Cut Out Top (NastyGal, $48)

next week

So there you have it, SK Style Watchers! My three favorite blouses to get your hands on, ASAP. Leave me a comment below -- I'd love to hear which is your favorite. And next week, I'll be talking about the new fabulous prints that you can look forward to wearing this season! Thanks for watching, and for SheKnows Style, I'm Jill Laine.

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Comments on "Trendspotting with Jill Laine: Fall blouses"

Tina October 09, 2012 | 4:27 PM

The leather piping is really cute! I like to wear blouses in the fall and winter, so this guide was great for finding what works for me. Thanks for sharing!

audrey October 09, 2012 | 11:30 AM

I loved the cutout style!! Very fun and different from your everyday basic blouse!

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