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The Printed Blouses That Even Classic Girls Will Fall In Love With…

Make a Statement!

After months of living in Europe, I’ve noticed some changes…especially in the fashion department. For starters, I went from being a total print-phobe…like only wearing solid colors 24/7 to…to being obsessed with prints! I’ve purchased several beautiful printed blouses here in Spain and this newfound print love shows no sign of slowing down as I also bought three printed dresses! (This seems like the appropriate time to use, ‘Who dis’?”) One of the things that I think is so great about printed pieces is… they add instant pizazz and style to even the most basic look. It’s like a sneaky and simple way to elevate your outfit. In this post, I want to share some of my favorite printed blouse finds that I think will work beautifully for the holidays and beyond. These gorgeous tops make a statement, but as you will see, they are also quite versatile and wearable.

BTW, we are all over the holiday shopping this year with our holiday gift guides! You can also find more holiday outfit inspiration here.

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Ba & sh Blouse

The fashion discoveries just keeps coming with the discovery of a ‘new-ish-to-me’ brand Ba&sh, a Parisian brand known for making chic, elevated essentials.

This polka dot blouse is a perfect example of an elevated essential. It’s a classic print, but all the details make it anything but basic.  I paired it with some classic black jeans and booties. This would be great look for Thanksgiving… fashionable, but very functional too.

Back to the details on this stunning blouse. There’s a V-shaped cutout in the back that shows just the right amount of skin, but you can still wear a regular bra without it showing. WIN! Of course, I loved the subtle puff shoulder and ruching around the cuff! Another cool detail you can’t really see in photos is that the cuffs have zippers so you can wear it fitted to the wrist or unzip it a little.  Another amazing thing about this top? It’s SO lightweight! This is perfect for those of you who may have hot flashes or simply run hot. It’s also not too long or billowy so you can easily tuck it into jeans, pants, or skirts, with no added bulk around the tummy. Because it’s so thin, it also layers beautifully under a jacket or blazer.

 

Keep scrolling for more of my favorite statement tops below!

 

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Black Jeans

I styled the beautiful top with some black cropped flare jeans by Rag & Bone. The exact pair is sold out, but I linked some similar options above. You could also style this top with some dark wash skinny jeans (if you’re not ready for the relaxed-fit jean trend yet). You could even wear this top with a black pencil skirt for an office party or a shorter skirt or leather pants for a dressier holiday party. There is also a matching skirt in the same print here.

 

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Boots

On my feet, I’m wearing my new favorite boots by Isabel Marant. I love them so much, I even included them on my Gift Guide For Her! Anything western-inspired is HUGE right now…Not just in the U.S., I’m also seeing the trend here in Spain! I love the cool silver details on these, the heel is super manageable, and they’re very comfortable. They are definitely a splurge but I linked some more affordable options above too.

Which statement top is your favorite? Share the number in the comments below!

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Another Subtle Print...

I wanted to share another gorgeous blouse that has a subtle print for my print-phobes! This top has a really beautiful print in brown, black, and white. The high neck and puff sleeves are so chic. And it’s similar to the top above because it’s SO lightweight so you can tuck it in and layer it under anything!
2

Lighter Palette

I know we tend to wear a lot of darker colors during the winter but if lighter tones are more your style, this beautiful Jonathan Simkhai blouse is for you. It would look amazing styled with some winter white jeans and neutral shoes. I love the details on the fabric, the puff sleeves, and the feminine neckline.
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Metallic Details For The Win!

I love a top with metallic details for the winter months. This WAYF blouse has a puff shoulder, a pretty metallic pattern, and it’s affordable! It also comes in a beautiful pale blue if you want to lighten up your wardrobe.
4

Sexy Leather

If you want to go for something a little sexier, try something like this cool faux leather top…it’s sleeveless, has a chic pretty neckline, and the ruching and slight peplum hem are super flattering!
5

Unique Neckline

For a top that’s sexy but not too over the top, this sheer sleeve top is another wonderful option. It has similar flattering ruching but the neckline is unique.
6

Sparkle!

Who doesn’t love a few sequins during the holidays!? I love this one-shoulder top with the blouson sleeve. The cropped fit will pair perfectly with some high-rise jeans!
7

Feminine Victorian

This Victorian-style Bardot blouse has beautiful lace and embroidery details that actually make it look super modern!
8

Dramatic Sleeves

You all know how much I love a dramatic sleeve. And the big ruffled sleeves on this organza Jonathan Simkhai top is what dreams are made of!
9

Lace Sleeves

If you liked the look of #7 but don’t want to worry about the undershirt, this top is a great option! It has beautiful lace-detailed sleeves but you’re covered up on the chest and mid-section.
10

Velvet Love

You can wear this smocked velvet blouse on or off the shoulders, the smocking is super flattering, and this color looks amazing on almost everyone!
How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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284 thoughts on “The Printed Blouses That Even Classic Girls Will Fall In Love With…

  1. #5! My pick is the one Shoulder bodysuit! Sexy and classy. Fun for a special occasion and makes jewelry pop!!

    Thank you Erin for sharing your gift. I’ve always loved fashion and fun clothes, and you help me make the best choices. REALLY LOVE your style of grace, elegance and Relatability. You can be a mom, wife, businesswoman, and still have lots of fun with clothes!

  2. loving all of them – just ordered #10, the sequin halter top and it is on sale now @ $41.40! So excited for new years now that i have something so cute that i can wear with my jeans 🙂

  3. Not a statemeNt top gal necessarily, but you Have gotten me to try many things out of my wheel house. So thank you for your content. YOU’RE my secret style weapon!

  4. I WILL BE BUYING #2 I LOVE HOW YOU STYLED THIS TOP THAT YOUVE GOT ME SOLD. I AM JENNIFER AND I AM 27 YEARS OLD AND EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT OVER 40 I LOVE YOUR STYLE. IT IS SO CHIC AND SOPHISTICATED. IM NOT INTO THE WHOLE CLOTHING THAT IS TOO REVEALING OR INTO THE WHOLE INSTAGRAM FASHION THAT IS MENT FOR MY AGE GROUP. I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU FOR A WHILE ON YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK RECENTLY ON INSTAGRAM AND WHAT CAN I SAY I LOVE YOUR POSTS AND HOW YOU KEEP IT CLASSY TIMELESS AND FASHIONABLE THAT EVEN I CAN WEAR IT AND LOOKS INCREDIBLE. IM NOT OVER 40 BUT IM HERE

    1. That’s fantastic, Jennifer! While I focus on 40+ fashion, a lot of my tips work for a wide range of women! Thank you SO much for your sweet words! xo

  5. Thank you for encouraging me to try bold tops. When I was a kid, I would wear dramatic pieces. As I got older, I started downplaying my style to not draw attention. I’ve reincorporated dramatic and bold looks into my fashion and I LOVE the way it makes me feel. I feel beautiful, confident and like my personality shines through. 9, 11 and 15 are my favorites here – the sexy drama of the first two, and the versatility (while elevated) of the latter.

  6. Thank you for giving age appropriate ideaS for the holidays! Every time i go to the store i have to avoid dressing like my daughter and my mother!

  7. All the blouses are beautiful, but I especially love #10! Thank you for sharing this idea for the holiday. Congratulations Erin on your new website! ????

  8. I love Bodysuits, so easy to Wear and they give you a nice clean line. But my fAvoritE top iS the fluttEr sleeve top. Beautiful!

  9. That one shoulder tOp is my absolute favorite but so many cute choices! I wish our christmas wasn’t just us Alone while face timing our kids and the rest Of our family this year!

  10. Love love these! I wish covid wasn’t PREVENTING me from going to PARTIES tHis year. I rEally love the gold blouse and will Wear it with my famIly this year. Coco chanel said, “life is a party. dress like it.” So i will!

  11. LOve your posts and stories and especially your capsUle lists. Currently on holidays but already Planning a hUge Wardrobe clear out when i get home . Thank you ????????????

  12. CoNgrats on the huge new site upgrade! Will take a look around now.I really like the metallic long sleeve top, dressed up casual is perfect. (I dont know why My typing is all caps, i hope is doesnt post like that, if so its unintentional)

  13. Thanks For shaRing so many Beautidul beautiful options! This wilL DEFINITELY be my go-to this year As we stay at home thia christmas but stIll want to dress up a bit to make it feel special.

  14. #2 has me quite intrigued!! Being a lover of all things camo, I just might try iT. BeAutiful combo of feminine, sheer uniqueness, & edge. Awesome!

  15. Thank you so much for the much needed Holiday inspO! I look forward to Getting dressed this holiday season to add some festivEness and glam to my mood.

  16. Love #14 for the luxe look in gold and flattering cut. And who doesn’t want a camo top in a curvy feminine style? Love them both!

  17. I love all of these beaUtiful tops!! Im sooo excited for your new website!! Thanks for helping us all look our very best!! ❤️
    Angela

  18. Love #8 but with my triangle body type puff shoulders like that would only accentuate my already broad shoulders. they are all beautiful though. Patrycja xo

  19. Love #7 and #12 – casual and sparkly, perfect to wear with jeans, especially now since most are home celebrating the holidays. love all your picks!

  20. I am so thrilled that I found you Erin. As a woman in her 40s some trends do not keep us in mind. You help me learn how to be trendy, put together, and feel good while looking my age. It is so important for me to Not look as if I’m trying to pretend I’m in my 20s. Again, thank you and continue being your awesome, authentic self!

  21. My team Holiday party is TOMORROW and i’m planning on wearing a BLACK mock necK and Faux fur jacket- so # 13 speaks to me! I have to be wArm or im miserable.

  22. Fabulous job with the new website!!! Love #6 with the leopard print! Very classic and i could wear it as a regular styled basic too!!

    The layout is so easy to navigate with the different headings! I love seeing all the pictures! Can’t wait for the next rotation of articles! Thank you so much erin and the rest of your new staff! Well done!

  23. I am in love with the Jonathan Simkhai Lace Corset Top! Velvet and lace is the perfect combo (classy and sexy). Thank you for sharing, Erin!

  24. We had to cancel all family gatherings due to covid risk…:-(
    but i’m inspired to wear something beautiful for my husband and me anyway!
    thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  25. Congratulations ????????????????. I’m beyond happy for you and the team. I love everything… absolutely everything you do. You have INSPIRED me tremendously especially during this pandemic. I look and feel better than ever before ☺️????. I love all of these tops!
    THANK you Erin and team busbee

  26. I love this post. Thank yOu for the great list of beautiful BLOUSES. i lOve the camo blouse. Its on my wish list.

    I can’t wait to reAd more content On your new website! Sonja

  27. Congratulations on the new site! Excited for all it has to offer. Top #13 is my favorite here, simple with sparkle!

  28. Thank you for showing us these statement tops that make us feel great wearing them. Its fun to push ourselves outside our “norm”. i appreciate your help in getting items that makes us feel our best without looking like we are trying to hard. i’ve started working on a better “go to, always works” wardrobe.

    1. Hi Amanda! I would suggest dark colors (doesn’t have to be black)…If you want a pattern, keep it to a small scale. Also, V-Neckline is very slimming. xo

  29. The Sequined top in ivory IS cute, and versatile! I love that all the PHOTOs link directly to the stores where they can be purchased. This is a great website Erin, love it!!

  30. Yaaay! Excited for your new site erin. I discoVered you by accident on yt and im so glad. Im under 40, but your style tips are timeless in my opinion. Cannot wait to see the bag samples! ❤️

  31. Love the full ranGe of tops and necklines, as well as your JEWELRY advice! CONGRATULATIONS on the new website. I enjoY your humor and candor and look fOrward To a new viDeo each week!

  32. Thanks to you i got my first CASHMERE sweater! I feel so special and pampered! Only took 77 years, but its never too late! Live your new website! Xoxo

  33. So happy to have found Erin! She has SINGLE-handEdly updated me! I feel more put TOGETHER Than ever! Love the tops!
    Sincerely,
    MiChelle

  34. I lOve the variety of blouses. You aleays include things for all body types and ages. Am finding i really am defining my style as elevated casual and a blouse is the perfect thing to do thaT. Thank you for all your tips and tricks! Congrats on the new site!

  35. Tou make it so easy to shop what uou style. Ive bouggt several things from your youtube channel and love the videos ????

    Thank you!!

  36. When I saw the Camo Alice + Oliva Blouse on you on Instagram I was all heart eyes! It’s so my style. Thank you for all the work you do for us. ~Aime

  37. I lOve the sabina musaye top, but lately i feel like i have short necK and the deep v is not flattering for me. It would be great a video on how to elongate your neck. Love your content!

  38. lovE the sequin halter! Im inspired to ask my daughter and daughter-in-law to wear sequins On CHRISTMAS eve for traditIonal tamale dinner. Also love yhe black bustier

  39. Really great options for the holdiay season! Thank’s Erin for finding all the coolest trends & affordable prices.
    I’m a colorado girl too – Durango shout out here. Laura

  40. Some great tops for thE holidays! I ESPECIALLY love the camo. Number 3 would be a close 2nd. They are all beautIful though!

  41. So excited to have a website geared specifically to my age group! I love that you show how women in their 40’s can apply Current trends.

  42. I always love your content Erin. you have taught me so many things about fashion. i think you are an amazing lady and i appreciate your heartfelt messages.

  43. I love them all, but the camo top is my fav!!!! Congrats erin!!!! You are suCh an amazing fashion influencer for me!!!! Xoxo jenn

  44. Your help has been invaluable! Love your choices, tips and suggestions. You are a great teacher! Thanks for keeping us stylish, on trend and healthy at any age!

  45. I love #6! I always gravitate toward white lace tops and this feels like a similar vibe but with leopard (another favorite!) I can’t wait to dress up again!

  46. I love all the plunging neck lines. I just bought some tape (after I watched one of your videos about tips.). Can’t wait to use it with this look! Congrats on your website! Looks amazing ????????‍♀️

  47. Congrats Erin!!! So excited for this website. You truly are an inspiration. Btw, I love #10! Just like you, i seem to always accidentally choose the one with the big pricetag????????????‍♀️.

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