The Handbook
The Handbook

Spring 2021 is all about transitioning. While we approach our new found freedom with slight trepidation, we’re looking for easy wardrobe updates that don’t require too much thought, pieces which adhere to our current minimum input, maximum output mantra. Here’s why a new spring blouse is just the ticket…

There are a few top trends which have made appearances on the SS21 catwalk, which don’t quite work with our post-lockdown fashion libido. If, like Gwyneth Paltrow recently admitted, you’ve been binging on wine, pasta and cheese throughout the pandemic, then fashion’s infatuation with crop tops, bralettes and bandeaus might not appeal. Thankfully though, there are plenty of other top trends which are boundless in their easy-appeal.

A spring blouse will be a loyal and relied upon companion for for coffee and park jaunts, garden gatherings and pub-garden visits. All the pretty collar details right now will also make you appear instantly considered and put-together on Zoom and Google Hangouts meetings.  

Here we take a look at the micro trends which have been adapted to a myriad of blouses, perfect for pairing with your favourite jeans for a fairly cheap, albeit chic, new season wardrobe update.

Ultimately these blouses speak the language of spring. Nothing signifies the season, and femininity, quite like broderie details, fantasy florals, prairie-style smocking and pretty collars. Trust us, these are the details that will set your look apart right now. Since The Crown, collars have been experiencing a renaissance, one which is showing no signs of waning. And summer florals might be nothing new, but as the weather hots up they repeatedly come into bloom. They also seem to tap into our need to be at one with nature – it’s like dressing the part will get bring us one step closer.

This new tribe of blouses happen to come in a countless shapes that work whatever-your figure, too. Snug and body-skimming, roomy and relaxed, tie-front… and equally as important, a price-tag that doesn’t alienate, as well as a sense of style that won’t date. Win, Win.

If you’re in need of further proof or street style inspo, look to writer and podcaster Camille Charriere. She teamed her a handmade Maison Cléo gingham blouse with her trusty Levis 501s and the result is nothing short of #springstylegoals.

Scroll on to see our pick of the best.

Give statement collars a try…

"Every spring wardrobe could benefit from the addition of a floral blouse. This one boasts a pretty print as well as a charming collar. Just keep the rest minimal."

Babydoll Collar Blouse,£35.99 www.mango.com

Every now and again Next just manage to get it spot on. This is one of those moments. The perfect mid blue hue, the collar, the puff sleeves...

Mid Blue Denim Frill Collar Blouse, £28, www.next.co.uk

Add romance with smocking and puff sleeves…

The beauty of shirring is its ability to morph into the shape of its wearer. Worn with jeans, this long sleeve floral version is the epitome of spring chic.

Reformation Pinto Smocked Floral Print Top, £160 at www.brownsfashion.com

If you love a retro look, you’ll love these…

Lilac and navy proves a winning combo on this flowing pansy-print blouse. Wear with high-waisted jeans for a nod to the '90s.

Printed Crepe Shirt, £139 www.maje.com

Consider this a blouse you can count on. This classic button-through style, in an ultra-soft cotton, has pretty puff sleeves which add subtle volume to its silhouette.

 

Per Una Textured Frill Detail Short Sleeve Top, £25 at www.marksandspencer.com

If you still haven’t found your perfect jeans, try our edit of the best here.


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