I bought this purple blouse last spring on an expedition to Savers in Portsmouth, NH. I picked it up know it wasn’t quite my style: very 80′s. It had a turtleneck (buttoned up in the back) and huge shoulder pads. However, there was something that drew me to it. Cut to one year later, and I still hadn’t worn it. Suddenly, I thought to myself whilst playing dress up in my room (does anyone else do that? experiment with clothes for an hour at a time?), Wear it backwards and unbuttoned! Cut out the shoulder pads!
This is how that realization made me feel.
Purple blouse: vintage
Black pants: Gap
Gray tank: J.Crew
Black heels: 9 West (bought these as my “sensible pumps” when I was 22 and got my first real job, still wear them occasionally!)
Gold tone necklace: vintage
Watch: Michael Kors
Funny story, as I was pulling the shirt from my clothing rack I noticed that the name brand is “Nicola.” I looked at the purple shirt next to it, and realized it was the exact same brand and color, but purchased at separate thrift stores on different days. Here is that other purple shirt. Totally random, but I guess Nicola was pumping out a lot of royal purple blouses in the 80′s.