I've been obsessed with bow tie blouses for a while and the one that Annie recommended at the end of this post (option #4) has been stuck in the back of my mind. Last night, I happened to be nearby an American Apparel store where I found two prints in my size (XS). I asked the sales associate if there were any promotions and I also inquired about their return policy since I wasn't really familiar with shopping at AA. I wasn't surprised to hear that there was no sale and I also didn't like their return policy (you have 45 days to return the items for store credit or exchange) but I still went through with the purchase anyway.
I tried them on again at home with a few of my work staples (refer to the below pictures) and I was pleased to find that they were fun, girly blouses that I'll enjoy wearing this fall/winter. As a fit comparison I found that the size XS is a very similar cut to my size 2 H&M blouse.
For the first blouse I chose the secretary blouse in black dots and bows on white:
|Paired with my high waisted Zara skirt|
|Paired with by Banana Republic bow pencil skirt.|
|Paired with my Theory jumper and Forever 21 patent belt|
For the second blouse I chose the secretary blouse in white black narrow stripe:
|Again, paired with my Zara high waisted skirt|
|Paired with my J.Crew wool mini skirt|
|Again, paired with my Theory jumper|
Both blouses are 100% polyester which from my experience washes well in cold water and they will air dry fairly quickly too.