A Statement Blouse With Something To Say: Visible Monday

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I like to wear wardrobe basics mixed up with statement pieces. That’s been my style for many years, although I now lean harder on the statement pieces. Not dead yet, and all that. This wrap blouse is just the right amount of statement for a casual day-around-town.

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I picked up this lantern-sleeve blouse in St. Pete at my favorite consignment shop, Revolve. It’s a brand I don’t know, Gracia. I love the way it creates a nice waistline, and the balloon sleeves (Seinfeld’s poet shirt, anyone?) make it fun to wear. The cargo pants were thrifted here at the Molly Mutt shop, for about $2. I don’t often wear cargo style, but these grabbed me, and the drawstring hem is cool.

The wrap can be tied in the back, like here, or to the front, like below.

I’m wearing my new peep-toe sandals by Sofft. I’m not affiliated with the company, but just this summer I’ve purchased three pair of them, including some great sneaker-oxfords. I think I found my comfortable shoe holy grail! Their prices are reasonable too, especially on sale.

Playing with PicMonkey filters. I’m now in Ancient Greece.


Now, let’s see what’s in your closet, Visible Women.The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:

    1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
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    3. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!
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Stay fabulous and wear what you love, xo


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  1. I adore this blouse on you, Patti! The whole outfit is just fab – unexpected mix with cargo pants, but it works! You look trendy, casual and elegantly fun!

  2. I love that blouse! I recently tried on a similar one and had a hard time not buying it. The sleeves are magnificent. Thanks for hosting yet again, longest-running linkup in town, Patti!

  3. Love that top on you!

    Sofft shoes really are comfortable, and very durable for the price.

  4. This wrap top makes such a nice statement! I love the puffy sleeves and subtle stripe. I would have never thought to style this with cargo pants, but I really like the relaxed, cool vibe.

  5. Even though you’re wearing a lot of fabric, it looks cool and comfortable. What a good reminder to hit my consignment shops, soon. P.S. Love the ancient Greece filter!

  6. I love that top! I’m featuring a tie front blouse on my blog today as well. They are so flattering on everyone! Such a pretty color and fun sleeves too.

  7. Patti I love that blouse! What a find. I need to check out that brand of shoes, I’m always on the hunt for comfortable and stylish shoes that are reasonably priced.

  8. I’m loving your blouse and its fabulous sleeves and shape! and I think that you rock in your cargo pants too!. Glad that you found the comfy&cool shoes which make your feet happy!, holy grail indeed! I love those sneakers you’ve been wearing and your sandals are also cute (and comfy!)

  9. Ah, comfortable shoes that also look great, that is tough to find. No wonder you bought several pairs.
    I had a blouse similar to yours, but I just couldn’t make it work. Somehow it just didn’t fit right and the sash kept riding up, drove me crazy. Your blouse looks fab though. Makes me think I need to add a few statement pieces to my wardrobe, too.

  10. What a fun look, Patti! I love the floofiness of the blouse with the fun pants! You look marvelous! Thank you so much for hosting!

  11. I always think a statement blouse makes getting dressed so much easier. Then you don’t have to add anything else!!
    I love that you’ve found some stylish yet comfy shoes—that’s the best thing ever!!

  12. Patti, fabulous outfit and you look marvelous. The detail of the sleeves is fun but with the calming blue color, the overall look of the top is modern and not too flashy. Don’t you find that the choice of knotting the wrap around ties either in front or back seems to double your styling options? Thanks for sharing this delightful ensemble and for your creative inspirations. I hope that you’re having a wonderful weekend.


  13. I pretty much love chambray anything but your blouse is a style I’ve been thinking about making for myself-I even have the pattern and do have the fabric picked out. I know Soffts are super comfortable. I think I may actually have a pair somewhere back in my closet! We’re on the same page with this one-I love it.

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