Reviews: Preppy & Peppy Blouse, Ad Infinitum Blouse, Dollops-of-Cream Blouse

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Must. Own. This. Entire. Outfit. (Must also achieve the hair.)

I haven't been able to find the vest and the blouse from the outfit above in the same store. Here's half of that equation, Odille's Preppy & Peppy Blouse ($78). While Odille's blouses tend to be an exercise in frustration for me their button-downs fit impeccably. I have no idea how one brand can create such a dichotomy.

I grabbed an 8 (one size up) which was large everywhere. There was no 6 for me to try for comparison but I'm sure it would have been fine. I love the soft pinstripes and the shiny black buttons. I don't mind the asymmetric ruffly hem either. Some will not like how loosely the front hangs. A belt will fix that. It is very Dead Poets Society or Leo/Claire's Romeo & Juliet to me. That's not a bad thing. I was not enamored with the contrast lining inside the collar. Everything else in this top is to love. Wishlisted for now. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

One more from Odille. This is their Ad Infinitum Blouse ($68). It comes in two soft hues, one with a blueish tint and one on the candy-striping pink side. This time around I went for my normal size 6 which was a perfectly tailored fit. Odille really nails blouses. The sleeves have just the right amount of gentle pouf. The darting around the bust is flattering and the seams are perfectly placed to streamline and flatter. I couldn't resist bringing this one home with me. It will be a warm-weather work staple.

Notice's Dollops-Of-Cream Blouse ($88) is a good alternative if you missed Ruffian's Flocked Chiffon Blouse. The ruffles are placed differently but the overall effect is similar. This top is incredibly fitted. My usual 6 was so close to my body. I think it would have looked better with a cami underneath to hide how sheer it is (sigh). To buy I'd size up to an 8 just for a bit more room. There are tiny swiss dots on the top layer of ruffles with soft brown stripes on the layer below.

The ruffles on this top are insanity. In the catalog shot it looks like they must have cut out a whole underlayer of ruffles. Because these ruffles announce themselves! Under a blazer I think the top would work quite well (or belted with a long cardigan). Not quite right for me, so back to the rack it went.