Style: The Broderie Anglaise Blouse…


I don’t want to jinx myself typing this but *whispers* I heard a rumour that summer might actually make an appearance this weekend. So after holding this post back a week I’m bringing the Broderie back (the lesser know Justin Timberlake song) out of the wardrobe in celebration…

This is not the first time I’ve written about the virtues of this top. If you’ve followed me for some time you will know that while fuss and frills do not make up much, if any, of my sartorial style one of the few exceptions is the broderie Anglaise blouse. Translated as English embroidery, there’s something about its simplicity that appeals to me and it gives a great nod to summer without wholly committing to a dress or shorts – which let’s be honest, is a big commitment with the weather as it currently is.

Dungarees, New Look (old) Broderie top, Zara (old)

Over the past few seasons I have amassed a stealth collection to be proud of – all from the high street of course – and in light of how differently my wardrobe works these days it falls nicely into the ‘can wear for day or night’ section. Plus it happily works with jeans which is always going to get my vote.

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Shacket, Topshop (old). Top, Primark (old). Jeans, H&M (old)

I think the reason this top also appeals to me is because it works best when counter balanced with slightly more simple or masculine pieces (i.e. jeans or dungarees) so it slots in with my style and wardrobe fairly seamlessly (pun intended).  It also isn’t designed to be fitted – which is great when anything that clings to my silhouette too tightly makes me slightly anxious.

How much broderie you go for is entirely up to you. A ruffle can be a great way of adding to your figure – a ruffle v-neck will instantly give the illusion of bigger bust while frilly shoulders are a great way to balance out wider hips. But that means it can also add in places you might not necessarily need extra help so don’t be afraid to play around – there are plenty on the high street to choose from – Zara and H&M are particularly strong right now.

As always, I have styled up four ways to wear the broderie blouse in ways that I hope you will find helpful and inspiring.

Outfit 1

1. Dungarees, Zara. 2. Top, H&M. 3. Bag, New Look. 4. Sandals, Marks & Spencer.

Probably my favourite way to wear the broderie blouse is with dungarees. I also enjoy khaki at this time of year. An unofficial neutral, the army-inspired colour works with a host of colours and helps me feel that we’re edging ever closer to warmer weather (ever the eternal optimist). This romper style pair are lightweight and loose so perfect for a day running around after littlies.

Outfit 2

1. Jeans, River Island. 2. Bag, Lindex. 3. Mules, 4. Top, Zara.

Team this look with a blazer and you could easily wear it for the office. I’m enjoying a fondness for all things woven too this season which helps soften this look and inject a bit of colour.

Outfit 3

1. Top, New Look. 2. Shorts, Monsoon. 3, Sandals, Dune. 4. Bag, Marks & Spencer.

Perfect for when (or if) the sun comes out, a pretty blouse with denim shorts is a great alternative to a t-shirt or vest. This pretty sleeveless version also comes in black.

Outfit 4

1. Top, H&M. 2. Culottes, Marks & Spencer. 3. Bag, Next. 4. Sandals, Topshop.

I’ve recently discovered the blouse and culotte combo. This would be a great outfit for a night out. To stop this outfit from overwhelming you, tuck the blouse in loosely at the front.

I hope this inspires you to try the broderie blouse and that we get the warm weather to wear them this weekend!

Happy Shopping


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