The poet blouse is having a moment this spring, and I love how it lends a boho vibe to an outfit without being too hippie.
This one from Old Navy is nice in that it’s not too voluminous, and it also has a modest neckline. (Sometimes they can be really low-cut.)
It’s made of a soft, double-weave crinkle-textured cotton, and it has raglan blouson sleeves with a subtly curved hemline. This top runs true to size, and it also comes in pink, blue, and black.
I styled it with my Mother Insiders in the Dancing On Coals wash. I feel like the flares play well with the boho-chic styling of this peasant top. (Peasant top, poet blouse… they’re pretty much one and the same.)
These were my first pair of Mother Insiders, the ones that started my obsession with these jeans. (They’re also part of the Shopbop sale, but sizes are limited. You can also find them at Saks, Bloomies and Nordstrom.)
The chewed up hems are a bit much for some, and I get that. I honestly feel a little silly wearing them sometimes, but overall these jeans are so comfortable and flattering, I’ve decided to embrace the hems as well.
The Mother Insider comes in lots of other options, if you like the crop flare but want to look a bit more polished. Girl Crush is the most similar to mine in the color of wash and fabric composition. And if you want a lower priced option, J.Crew does a similar pair.
For this first look, I’m wearing strappy slides with an espadrille wedge heel. I like how these elevate the look, and they’re in keeping with the summery vibe. These sandals are comfortable, but they run narrow, so I recommend sizing up half.
I love how cognac accessories warm up a cool color palette, so I added a leather hobo style handbag in a similar tone. I also wore this Victoria Emerson Cairo cuff bracelet and rattan earrings to incorporate an earthy touch.
To make the outfit slightly more casual, I swapped out the wedge sandals for braided flat slides. I also changed bags to match the more muted color palette, and I gave the top a front tuck and added a belt.
I flipped my bracelet around because the other side of the textured leather band is a smooth oatmeal color. I don’t think it’s intended to be two-sided, but I wear it this way sometimes when I want a more muted tone.
And for some reason, this is the best picture we got of these slides. Did I mention, it was cold? My toes were numb by the time I got back to the car.
Anyway, I love these. They have a molded footbed, so they’re good for those with finicky feet, but they also run narrow. I’m wearing the 8, and I often wear 7.5 in slides.
I’ve been trying to wear belts more, so I recently ordered a few of my favorite brand (B-Low the Belt) in different color combinations. I don’t love this ivory and gold with this outfit, but I didn’t have a better option. It’s also a little wider than I’d prefer, but it does the job.
Adding straw or rattan elements add to the summery vibe and play well with the boho-chic styling of this look.
I’m carrying my Louis Vuitton Graceful PM, a birthday present from a few years back. I carry this bag a ton during the spring and summer. You can also find them used on Fashionphile but it’s not much of a cost savings.
I’ve had a few people ask about the sizing of this bag recently. I love the PM size; it’s perfect for everyday. (It also comes in a larger size, which I tried, but that felt huge to me.)
I really should have changed jeans for one of these looks, but I just brought a change of shoes and bag. Still, I think it shows how easily you can dress this top up or down, and I’ll be styling this top with other bottoms as soon as it warms up here in Philly!
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photos: Alison Cornell