Tuesday, March 8, 2011

{Style Inspiration} Spring Blouses

For me, spring is a season for separates - still too cool for a cotton sundress, but too warm for winter woolies. I feel that blouses are often neglected, passed over in favour of novelty print frocks and nipped-waist suits, but the humble blouse can have just as much personality as a shirred swing dress or a full skirted shirtwaist.

Woman's Life magazine, 1906

Home Notes magazine, 1913

Sears catalogue, 1936

Sears catalogue, 1938

Everywoman magazine, 1942

Sears catalogue, 1942

Sears catalogue, 1942

Everywoman magazine, 1943

Everywoman magazine, 1945

Ladies Home Journal, 1947

Everywoman magazine, 1948


  1. I love blouses but have always had to make them from vintage fabric, I've always found blouses the hardest vintage item to find.

  2. I am completely crazy about the neckline, collar and cuff details on these blouses.

  3. excuse me as I go and live inside the page from 1936. I agree that separates are so wonderful. Unfortunately, my vintage 30s cotton blouses don't stand up to much wear, so I tend to wear my Nudeedudee repro tops ALL the time!!

  4. I Love these blouses that have such a defined waist - ties or a peplum - sear 1936 & 1938. That would suit me perfectly! I have to find some patterns like those : )

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    I am in the middle of falling seriously for blouses ~ I used to be the biggest fan of dresses, but I really feel that separates are going to help me after the baby arrives to keeping looking good and also being able to look after my baby.

    I would take all and any of these blouses in a snap ~ thanks so much for posting these pictures Charlotte; they are very inspiring.

    bonita of Depict This!
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