Summer blouses WITHOUT exposed shoulders and ruffles
I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I absolutely loathe the everything-off-the-shoulder-and-covered-in-ruffles trend that seems to be going on for this spring and summer season. I hate it. Despise it. Want it doused in fire and scourged from the earth.
OK, so I’m being a little dramatic. But, every time I check any of my favorite stores, it seems like everything is either completely off-the-shoulder, one-shouldered or cold-shouldered. Or, it’s covered in ruffles. Or, it’s a combination of both trends.
I have a day job. It has a dress code. I like to be taken seriously. I like to wear my comfy bra, which has thick, sturdy straps. I already look half a decade younger than I actually am, and the frilly tiered bell sleeves and ruffled layers across the chest are just not gonna fly in my wardrobe.
Am I alone in this hatred? Maybe I’m just getting old. I’m definitely getting old.
Anyway, I’m trying to do some quick shopping to update my wardrobe a bit for the spring and summer, and finding work-appropriate blouses (with sleeves and minimal ruffling) is proving to be quite the challenge.
I figured I’d take a quick second to share a few of my finds. Yunno, just in case you’re in the same boat.
Or maybe you’re loving exposed shoulders and ruffles and you think I’m a total fun sucker. Either way.
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Don’t get me wrong — I like most things in moderation. I wouldn’t mind a ruffle or two here or there, and an off-the-shoulder look can be cute on occasion, but it seems like E V E R Y T H I N G is way too trendy (and not at all office-appropriate) this season. Now, I’m just sick of it.
A good number of these pieces have sleeves, just in case you work in a more conservative office, or sunburn easily. They’re all under $100 (most are much, much less), and a few are available in multiple color options. Just about everything can either be tucked into a fun summer skirt, or paired with some ankle-baring cigarette pants. Happy shopping!
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments! (Seriously, I need all the help I can get on this shopping mission.)
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