From statement suits to colour block ensembles, bright and bold coloured garbs are all the rage for S/S’19. And that includes highly saturated blouses, as seen at Max Mara, Balenciaga and Off-White. Not only are these cheery numbers perfect for a hearty weekend brunch, they, de facto, can be appropriate for the office as well.
“How?” you might wonder. Here, we show you some ingenious tricks to nailing a bright blouse at your workplace.
1. Play it safe with black
L to R: Saint Laurent pussybow silk blouse, £1,110 (S$1,957), from Net-a-Porter; Charles & Keith weave detail heels, S$56.90; H&M Studio wool pants, S$179; Roxanne Assoulin enamel bracelet, £210 (S$370), from Net-a-Porter; Zara top stitched bucket bag, S$55.90.
An easy way to incorporate a statement blouse into your work outfit of the day is to keep the rest simple in black. Not only will this combination make the colour of your top pop even further, it also retains the professional outlook. We’d recommend wearing a pair of pants and some heels for that extra dose of gravitas.
2. Go for one hue
L to R: Sies Marjan washed-taffeta shirt, £555 (S$978), from Net-a-Porter; Fleur du Mal PVC pencil skirt, £535 (S$943), from Net-a-Porter; A.P.C. Odette bag, €540 (S$824); Zara leather heels, S$109.
Another way to incorporate a bright blouse is to create an office-friendly attire is to mix and match different tones from one colour palette. If you’re choosing red, vermilion will go well with maroon, burgundy and carmine. Here, we’ve chosen purple as our poison — a tyrian purple blouse will look good (and favourable for your 9-to-5) with a lilac pencil skirt and a pair of strawberry coloured pumps.
3. Colour block your way
L to R: Zara blouse with voluminous sleeves, S$99.90; Mango geometric metal earrings, S$29.90; Alice + Olivia asymmetrical floral printed skirt, £495 (S$873), from Net-a-Porter; Aesther Ekme mini barrel bag, €390 (S$595); Charles & Keith square toe sculptural heels, S$53.90.
For those who are sartorially adventurous, we dare you to go all out and colour block. However, to refrain from looking garish, we’d suggest you constantly reference back to our guide to colour coordinating. It’s best to keep this technique for casual Fridays, unless you’re working in the creative or arts sector.
4. Go with a muted but au courant hue
L to R: Zara glossy oversized blouse, S$55.90; Loewe Gate raffia tote, £1,625 (S$2,865), from Net-a-Porter; Johanna Ortiz satin wide leg pants, £1,330 (S$2,345), from Net-a-Porter; Alighieri Baby Lion earrings, £420 (S$741); Chloé textured leather sandals, £530 (S$934), from Net-a-Porter.
We’re talking about beige. Since your blouse is fashioned in an ostentatious hue, ergo, keeping the rest of your ensemble to a tonal, yet trendy, colour palette is wise decision for your desk. Opt for different shades of nudes — from brown to camel to ecru — to create different contrast for that stylish appeal.