Two Ways to Wear a V-Neck Blouse

I promised to style more workwear looks this fall, so when I was shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last month, I picked up a few basic pieces that I thought would be great workwear essentials to use in upcoming posts.

This Pleione High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media Top is a must-have piece if you work in a school or an office. It is so versatile, it comes in 14 colors and patterns, it’s super flattering, AND it’s less than $50.

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This top does run large. I sized down to a small, and I still felt that I was swimming in it. In fact, I clipped the back in a few of these shots. Here is what it looks like unclipped.

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Personally, I’d like it to be more fitted, but the relaxed fit may appeal to those of you who found the Lush blouse to be tight through the arms and shoulders. It also comes in petite for those of you under 5’4″.

Two Ways to Wear a V-Neck Blouse | Fashion Over 40

Another workwear piece I picked up at the #NSale was this pair of Vince Camuto Straight Leg Pants. These pants are timeless classics that can be worn year round. They also come in grey, and they have petite sizes.

I wanted to add a pop of color to the outfit, so I pulled out these pink suede ballet pointy toe flats. I love these shoes so much that I got them in both the black leather and the pink suede. They’re very comfortable and run true to size. The enameled spikes on the heel give an edge to this otherwise classic pair of pointy toe flats.

Two Ways to Wear a V-Neck Blouse | Fashion Over 40

I carried this grey crossbody and wore simple jewelry to complete the look.

Two Ways to Wear a V-Neck Blouse | Fashion Over 40

I wish I had another pop of pink somewhere in the outfit. If I had a pink necklace or bracelet, I would have added that.

I also think I’d prefer this outfit with a blouse in a color. I realized when I went to put this outfit together that all of the workwear friendly pieces I bought are some combination of black and grey. Oooops! That’s what happens when you shop for pieces and not outfits. See, I’m still learning!

I’d also love to try this outfit with pumps, but I don’t have a pair in my closet at the moment. My black suede pumps are packed away in the attic with the rest of last year’s winter wardrobe. I guess it’s time to starting bringing that stuff out! My 26 Days of Fall Fashion with Cyndi starts on September 1st, and that will be here before we know it.

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To show you how versatile this blouse is, I also styled it with a pair of jeans. Because of the relaxed fit, I think it’s more flattering with fitted pants. Look at the difference.

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These are the Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinny Jeans in Aubergine and the Tory Burch Heidi Ballet Flats in Pewter Snake.

Two Ways to Wear a V-Neck Blouse | Fashion Over 40

Here’s a look from the back with the flowy hi-lo hem. The solid color tops are the mixed media style while the prints have the woven material in the front and back.

Two Ways to Wear a V-Neck Blouse | Fashion Over 40

The great thing about this top is that there are so many ways to wear it. Pair it with trousers for work or jeans for casual wear, or I’ve even seen it tucked into a pencil skirt.

Which look is your favorite?

Two Ways to Wear a V-Neck Blouse | Fashion Over 40

Pleione High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media Top // Vince Camuto Straight Leg Pants // Sam Edelman Reyanne Spike Rand Pointy Toe Flats // Tory Burch Convertible Leather Crossbody Bag // Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Watch // Alex and Ani Bracelet Set //Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinny Jeans // Tory Burch Heidi Ballet Flats

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