Although I’m generally disappointed with the current assortment of Spring and Summer blouses, Nordstrom recently brought in some new stock that looks much better. I saw all of these styles over the weekend, fitted them on a body or two, and we have some winners. In some cases the photo doesn’t do the blouse justice, so it’s best to see them in person. And be sure to look at all the colour options.

  1. Bellatrix Silk Shirt: Clean, crisp, silky and sweet. A versatile silhouette that takes on multiple personalities depending on how it’s styled. Think of pairing it with anything from dressy trousers, jeans, and a pencil skirt to short shorts, cargo capris or tuck it into a flared skirt. I bought the silver, which looks delicious with white and gold. It’s not roomy around the bust so you might need to size up.
  2. Hinge Handkerchief Hem Silk Shirt: It’s an exciting style if you like to wear voluminous blouses like I do.  I can’t adequately describe the arty integrity of this style with words so you’ll just have to try it on to feel its magic. It looks interesting from all angles. Soft, drapey and different (and also available in peach). Don’t be scared of the cropped front. Try it on!
  3. Collective Concepts Tie Neck Silk Top: Romantic, pretty and very breezy, yet the cut is covered in all the right places. This blouse would be hanging in my closet if I lived in a warm climate. It’s simply gorgeous with white bottoms. It’s also available in this vintage inspired print and stocks are running out fast.
  4. Bellatrix Pleated Silk Blouse: This style is particularly good for a fuller bust. It also comfortably glides over extra midriff bits. Read the raving reviews.
  5. Free People Polka Dot Voile Tie Blouse: Here, bohemian style shakes hands with Kate Spade. Because this blouse is made of voile, it drapes in a more structured way. Cool! And the crisscross back ribbon detail is great. I especially love the flattering fit of the sleeves. Casual yet pulled together. A clever design.
  6. Daniel Rainn Darcy Top: The vintage integrity of this blouse is appealing. I can see it dressed up for business casual with trousers or a pencil skirt. Or dressed down with jeans. It’s quite low in front so a camisole is essential.
  7. Sandra Ingrish Ruffled Polka Dot Blouse: This is for you if you live in a hot climate because it’s made of cotton and does not require a camisole. It’s also machine washable and roomy on the bust.
  8. Casual Studio Sheer Pleated Blouse: Fresh and tropical. Make sure you wear one colour both on the top and bottom because it’s ultra-sheer. Adore the pintucks.
  9. Casual Studio Soutache Trim Blouse: Who says you can’t wear Autumn colours in the Spring. Wear it with olive bottoms and soften the vibe of skinny cargos – I love that contrast. Good on a full bust.
  10. AK Anne Klein Sleeveless Abstract Print Blouse: If you like ruffles, give this blouse a bash. It works without a camisole and is machine washable. Great for business travel and perfect under a blazer. Nice with a pair of casual bottoms too. It’s  also available in ink blue and a very dainty animal print.

Sure, you’ll find stunning blouses for over $350, but that’s not budget-friendly, but these are beautiful blouses at fairly mainstream prices.

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