Q&A: How to Look Like an Adult While Wearing a Girly Blouse

August 22nd, 2008

Q:  I’ve been seeing a lot of blouses with various ties and bows at the neckline. They’re cute, but I have trouble with people constantly mistaking me for a teenager. Is it possible to wear this trend without looking too young and cutesy? I’m a grad student in my late 20’s who has pretty slow wardrobe turnover and dresses fairly modestly, so something I could wear for a few seasons and without major cleavage would be super.

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Tie-neck blouses and blouses with bows are a decidedly girly look, but their femininity doesn’t mean they can’t look professional.  Here’s how to wear a girly blouse while looking like an adult:

Choose a Tailored Blouse. Ties and bows are going to look the most professional on a shirt that’s already tailored.  Pick a top where structure meets style.

Wear a Masculine Bottom.  Balance out your feminine top with a masculine inspired bottom.  Man-tailored trousers will do the trick.

Finish off the look with Polished Accessories.  In order to complete the adult look, pick up a pair of professional pumps and a work-appropriate handbag. 

Have a great tip about looking like an adult while wearing a girly blouse? Share it with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Q&A,Ready Made Outfits,Women,Women's

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Celeritas  |  August 25th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Great advice, really useful as I had similar issues with how to wear my tie neck bloose.

  • 2. Trisha  |  August 25th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Glad you found the advice useful, Celeritas!

  • 3. dave  |  August 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I find this very useful, as I to am fond of wearing pretty Tie-Neck blouses, & I’m a man

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