how to dress up a black blouse

It’s holiday season, which means endless cocktail parties and festive events.  It’s a time when you’re feeling like you need to have a dressy outfit option pretty much every weekend because you never know where you’ll be invited to.  Maybe you don’t want to spend money on these festive outfits.  So, what’s the quickest way to dress up your existing wardrobe?

Well, jewels of course!  Really, all you need is a pretty silk blouse, colorful jewels, and a bit of fur.  Voila!  This is also the perfect option if you’re going to a holiday party straight from the office.  It still looks business-casual and you won’t look over-the-top, like you would if you were wearing a metallic gold lamé dress.

I wasn’t really a fan of the Kenzo x H&M collection, because as you know I don’t do bright colors and crazy patterns.  But, I immediately fell in love with this blouse (yes, because of the jewel-inspired pattern).  I remembered I had a colorful, jeweled necklace from the 1960’s that I bought at a vintage expo.  It matched perfectly with the vibrant colors of the blouse.  And what I love about vintage jewelry is that it’s so versatile.  The pendant of the necklace has both a hook and pin in the back to easily detach from the chain and be worn as a brooch, which is what I did here.  It’s genius, really.  I used the chain as a detail for the pocket, but it can be a bracelet or worn on its own.  My ‘dearly departed’ friend in the last photo is wearing the necklace in full.

Anyway, that is how you can easily dress up any of your blouses.  Let the festivities begin!

xo Saretta

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What I Wore:

KENZO x H&M Jewel Print Silk Blouse | Vintage 1960’s Jeweled Necklace (worn separately) | VALENTINO Vintage Fur Collar Sweater Coat | LOREN HOPE ‘Sophia’ Emerald Earrings | Vintage Green Jewel Ring | FOREVER 21 Crown Ring, Band Ring, and Medallion Ring