What I Wore: The Season of the Blouse

This article may contain affiliate links; if you click on a shopping link and make a purchase I may receive a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 blogger in Ann Taylor blouse, JAG Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff moto bag and leopard calfhair ankle bootsblouse | jeans | jacket | bag | shoes | lipstick

Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 blogger in Ann Taylor blouse, JAG Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff moto bag and leopard calfhair ankle boots Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 blogger in Ann Taylor blouse, JAG Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff moto bag and leopard calfhair ankle boots Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 blogger in Ann Taylor blouse, JAG Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff moto bag and leopard calfhair ankle bootsBlouse: Ann Taylor (XL) | Jacket: Vintage via Poshmark (similar) | Jeans: c/o JAG Jeans (14P) | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (this year's version) | Bag Strap: Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Lipstick: Maybelline ‘Burgundy Blush'

As a curvy woman, blouses aren't always my friend.  They gape at the buttons, pull at the bust, suffocate my upper arms, cling to my belly.  But this season, blouses are more forgiving with flowing silhouettes, pleats, ruffles, and blended fabrics incorporating stretch.  I recently got this blouse from Ann Taylor and chose to size up so it's more like a tunic.  I can tuck it in to trousers, wear under a blazer, or throw on over skinny jeans.

Last winter I was on a mission for a leather biker jacket that fit my petite curvy frame.  Like blouses, biker jackets aren't always forgiving and I find to accommodate my bust I end up with it too long in the sleeves and too full in the torso.  I found this one on Poshmark.  It was well loved and broken in by a woman who said she too was petite and a size 14 so I took a chance.  This is a true biker jacket with plenty of insulation and thick leather that will protect a rider.  While I still desire a lighter weight jacket to replace a blazer or denim jacket, this one is great for windy cold days. Come winter you're likely to see me wearing it with a beanie and a pashmina looped around my throat!



  1. Amy H.
    October 23, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    This is one of my favorite looks of yours of all time! Nice.

  2. Janet Newberry
    October 22, 2016 / 10:07 am

    This post has inspired me to buy a romantic white blouse I have found at a local store. I have a standard white button up that I almost never wear – I have always shied away from fancier white blouses thinking they can only be worn for dressed up occasions, but you have paired it perfectly for a classy, but relaxed vibe. Love it!

  3. crtfly
    October 19, 2016 / 7:04 pm


    I like the shirt except for the fabric. Any ideas where I can get a similar style in cotton, rayon, or silk? I can’t wear polyester, especially if it is all poly like this one is.


      • crtfly
        October 20, 2016 / 4:33 pm

        Thank you so much Allie! Whereas I am good online at finding information related to my job, finding clothing and beauty products I want is painfully slow. You’re so fast at locating just the right item. Nevertheless, you do spend some time, time that you could rightfully charge for. I want you to know how much I appreciate you.

        Thank you,


  4. SunDapple
    October 19, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Did you get new aviator sunglasses? I was bummed when you had your backpack incident because not only could I empathize the whole loss of backpack and the stuff in it but I really liked your aviators. I tried on and bought a pair by Bebe because you look so cool in yours.

    • October 20, 2016 / 7:43 am

      I’m a bit of an aviator junkie. I have silver mirror, gold with dark green lenses, all black (here) and gold with gold. I was wearing the all black on my trip to Raleigh so I didn’t lose them but I thought the gold ones were in my backpack. But I didn’t lose them! I started with one backpack and then decided to go with a smaller one. I went to use that bigger backpack the other weekend for a camping trip and at the bottom of the bag were my sunglasses! I forgot to transfer them, was such a happy accident!

  5. October 19, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I totally agree with bubu…this blouse is not something I’d normally gravitate towards, but the whole outfit is a perfect example of how you can take one item and make it better with it’s pairings!!
    Those booties—they are to die for!

    • October 19, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Jodie, and I love these booties I hardly wore them last year but this year I wear them all the time!

  6. Jenny
    October 19, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Hi Allie – is the blouse you linked the same that you are wearing? It looks like the one in your pics has some sort of pleating along the sides that I really like, but the AT model doesn’t seem to have the same details?

    PS – Obviously I love this look enough to try to track it down, lol!

    • October 19, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      You know what, I don’t think it is! That’s the picture and description from my order confirmation email but looking online I think it’s actually this one: http://bit.ly/2elbYAL off to update the post, thank you!

  7. October 19, 2016 / 11:56 am

    I just pinned a few blouses from the Dries Van Noten runway as I realised I have similar vintage ones unworn – I really like how you pulled this one off.

  8. bubu
    October 19, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Wow! If you just showed me a picture of that blouse, or the other elements you planned to combine it with, I would be like “hmmm… I don’t know….” but it is fabulous, the whole thing ensemble works so well, is so flattering — especially the hit of dark red nails and lipstick to finish it off. Brava!

      • Emily
        October 20, 2016 / 9:43 am

        Agreed! On paper I would have been all “but will that neckline really work with a bust, and won’t the loose fit just eat your waist?” but it looks GREAT on. You’re inspiring me to step out of my sartorial comfort zone 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

powered by chloédigital