i've just finished watching Season 2 of Downton Abbey (if you're a DA fangirl too, hit me up on twitter), so i can't help but be inspired by all the flowy Edwardian silhouettes as we head into spring. the diaphanous gowns and dresses warrant another post entirely, but the one foundation piece that is as fresh and modern now as it was then is the silk collared blouse.
i'm not a super girly girl, but even i am rather inspired by the tweedy tailoring, airy dresses and gilded details. apparently so is Ralph Lauren.
one of my favorite photos: the lovely garance doré in her equipment shirt
for the modern woman, the feminin silk blouse is more work-appropriate, while the slightly masculin silk button-down exudes an easy elegance for night or weekend. depending on your work and lifestyle, though, both can be equally versatile and timeless.
my equipment silk shirts - via my classic 10 post
the equipment shirt (in XS) across the seasons last year:
l: with leather/leather-look jeans + ankle boots | r: with denim shorts, Balenciaga bag and Marant boots
a great silk blouse stands on its own as a classic, and also serves as a luxe blank canvas. you could pair it with a great costume necklace, keep it clean with minimal jewelry, add a pair of leather/leather-look skinny pants for some chic contrast, or just wear with blue jeans and your favorite shoes. the possibilities are quite effortless.
what about you? do you prefer a feminin or masculin kind of silk blouse? (of course, i love both!)