Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Amethyst Silk Blouse

This blouse is ultra-glamorous and from the way the silk hangs, it looks like it has a heavy, decadently sensual feel. The rich, gem-like color doesn't hurt either.

I like the way the sleeves have a some volume, but in a really controlled way. They stay streamlined over the upper arm and balloon near the elbow, letting those with less than twiggy upper arms participate in the current trend towards exaggerated shapes. Even if you're proud of your triceps, the key to wearing the trend without looking like a fashion victim is in the balance of loose and fitted, with fitted predominating.

I picture the blouse worn with a high-waisted navy pencil skirt, maybe a pair of nude fishnet stockings and peep-toe heels. A delicate gold necklace would be pretty, too.

Blouse by Lanvin. Image from Harper's Bazaar, July '07.

1 comment:

Iheartfashion said...

Ooooh, I"ve admired that blouse as well. Are those called lantern sleeves? Whatever the name, I love the fitted top of the arm and volume lower down. Beyond the age of 25, puffed cap sleeves tend to look silly.