Romantic blouse (ro man tik blous) n. 1. historically, a loose shirtlike garment favored by noblemen, Shakespeareans and the Quaker Oats man. 2. This season, a top, with or sans sleeves, constructed with all sorts of ruffles.
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This season, tops take their direction from the unlikely duo of the Quaker Oats man and flamenco dancers, both of whom get their fashion flair with full-fledged ruffles.
The romantic blouse of ‘08 takes many shapes. Some are more traditional — long-sleeved puffy shirts or tops that tie in a bow at the neck. Others take their cue from the sleeveless, hip-long, empire-waist silhouette that's been popular with trendsters (and comfort-cravers) for several seasons. Embellishments like beading, pleating and sequins give casual, daytime tops a modern, glam appeal.
Go with a traditional white or fall into one of the season's rich autumn-leaf tones: purples, burgundies, golds and deep greens. If blue is the hue of choice, look for sapphire-rich color.
Pair your romantic top with everything from jeans and boots to pencil skirts with booties for a look that's feminine, sophisticated and surprisingly strong.
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PHOTOS (from MCT Photo Service, 202-383-6099): blouses AMX-2008-09-26T08:03:00-04:00