Two Ways to Style a Statement Blouse

Greetings, and hello March! I don’t know about you, but after a seemingly never-ending January, February felt like a blip. I can hardly believe it’s March 1st. Of course it’s snowing, ha!

Despite the snow, Cyndi and I are super excited to launch 26 Days of Spring Fashion, a style challenge where we each style a new spring outfit every day (except Sundays) during the month of March!

I’ve actually got a two-fer to start off the series — I’m sharing two ways to style a statement blouse.

Florals are a huge trend this spring, and while I tend to gravitate to solids, I’m really excited to incorporate some fresh prints into my closet this season.

This boxy blouse with the dancing tulips immediately caught my eye when I was wandering through Nordstrom last weekend. Isn’t it such a happy print???

I love how the bright colors are grounded on a black background — it’s perfect for this in-between season but will carry you right through summer.

If florals aren’t your thing, this blouse also comes in a classy navy geo print, a vertical multi-colored stripe, a green windowpane print, as well as solid black, ivory, and pink.

The brand is Halogen, one of Nordstrom’s exclusive labels, and it’s priced right under $50. It runs true to size; for reference, I’m wearing a small.

When wearing a statement piece like this blouse, I like to let it take center stage in the outfit, so the rest of these two looks are comprised of solid neutrals.

First, I paired this floral blouse with black pants and black leather pumps for a classy work wear look.

These 1901 ankle skinny pants are the perfect closet staple you can wear over and over with different tops and shoes to create a variety of work wear looks.

Fun fact: The 1901 brand was named for the year the first Nordstrom store opened. It’s a brand that represents timeless style with a modern twist, and these pants are the perfect example.

Classic black trousers are kept on-trend with their skinny, ankle-length silhouette and 4-way stretch fabric for maximum comfort and shape retention.

I also appreciate the flat front with a side zip so there’s no added bulk across the midsection, and the split hem at the ankle is a nice detail.

By pairing this statement blouse with black pants and black pumps and keeping my accessories minimal, this makes a great look for work or church.

You could totally add a blazer or cardigan for warmth and added interest, but I also like this outfit without a “completer piece.” I think it stands alone just fine.

For a totally different look that you can wear to the mall on the weekend or for lunch with a friend or to work on casual Fridays, I paired this floral blouse with white skinny jeans and nude ballet flats.

I love how this gorgeous floral print pops against the white jeans and creates a look that is light and fresh and fun.

There are so many options for footwear with this outfit, but I went with nude flats because I like how they blend in with my natural skin tone create minimal contrast against the white jeans, thus elongating the line of the leg and keeping the attention on the blouse.

I also think it would be fun to incorporate one of the colors from the blouse — either green (spring green suede) or pink (lipstick pink leather).

You can also add a denim jacket on top for another layer of interest (and warmth!)

This denim jacket is a staple in my spring and summer wardrobe. It’s such a versatile color that goes beautifully with both darks and lights.

It has a great fit with good structure through the waist, and the material has a good amount of stretch so it’s extremely comfortable. For size reference, I’m wearing the small, and there’s plenty of room to wear it over a lightweight sweater.

They’re hard to see here, but I accessorized with these double hoop earrings, also by Halogen.

The blouse is so busy, I didn’t feel I needed a necklace, so I went with larger earrings that are on the delicate side that complement the feminine floral print. I also added a simple gold bangle.

I can totally see wearing this outfit a lot this spring. I love the juxtaposition of the casual/rugged denim jacket with the feminine blouse and classic ballet flats.

If you’re looking to update a few of your tops this season, I highly recommend checking out this blouse at Nordstrom.

Outfit Details:

tulip print blouse // black ankle skinny pants // black pumps // similar black leather handbag // double circle earrings // crystal hinge bangle // denim jacket // white ankle skinny jeans (budget option) // nude flats // similar taupe tote

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell