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Floral Blouses in May To Be Exact

‘Nuts in May’ first came to mind when I typed this blog heading. Yes that’s right, the classic and hilarious 1976 Mike Leigh British camping comedy of that title. Luckily this blog post has nothing to do with damp, squabbling camping travails in the 1970s though. HOWEVER, I am kind of going ‘nuts’ here to be honest because it’s still pretty parky out there and no sign yet of any hot sunbathing weather on the meteorological horizon. Which is where blouses actually come in very handy. They are perfecto for Spring, much like the leather jackets I spoke about in my last post (here).  I use the term ‘blouse’ and not ‘shirt’ – there’s a difference.

Shirts button down and have a collar. Blouses don’t generally or do so part way and are less stiff and more draped than a shirt. The silhouette is different – softer, fluid and often more forgiving.

The one I wear in my photos below is a beaut don’t you think? It’s about two years old from Mango. I love the unusual colours and most of all the high neck. The print could almost be upholstery fabric and I like this fact – I certainly don’t mind matching a chintzy chair or curtain. Reminds me of my Laura Ashley ditsy print-filled childhood.

I think it looks pretty nice with the pastel green J Brand jeans (similar here) and the way it buttons on the side pleases me no end. AND What about the Flower Power vibes it gives off? A famous pic of The Beatles and their then girlfriends in 1967 at a TM mediation retreat in Wales (shortly before their visit to see Maharashi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh India) springs to mind. There they sat resplendent in high necked floral printed shirts and blouses. It’s a beautiful thing to behold. Anyway, my shirt, I mean ‘blouse’, it’s unabashedly feminine and pretty and I’m oh so OK with that.

Hope you like the pics and don’t forget to scroll to the end and check out my edit of some gorgeous blouses available at the minute. All choices are from labels and companies that have a more sustainable or ethical approach to their commercial output. An all encompassing term for a complex issue but it’s a start.  xxx

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