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Build your work wardrobe with women's blouses

Blouses for women are a key wardrobe component for anyone who wants to look smart. If you're working in an office environment, then you should have several of these. They look great with skirts or pants, giving you that formal style that's ideal for any workplace. Choose a blouse that suits your body: Try a V-neck style if you're busty, as this will minimise your cleavage for a smarter appearance. Got a smaller chest? You can pull off a higher neckline, along with styles like cowl necks or the classic pussy bow. Pear-shaped girls should look for key details like interesting collars. This will help keep eyes on your top half, allowing you to downplay your hips.

Looking smart in a button-down blouse

There are many styles of blouses for women, but the classic button-down is one that never goes out of fashion. However, it can be one of the most difficult to actually pull off successfully. It's essential that it fits properly. Many women find that their blouses gape or pull at the bust buttons. Unfortunately, this can leave you looking sloppy! Look for a blouse that gives you a good fit throughout. If you've got a larger chest, you might want to search for details like princess seams or several darts; these can be flattering, following the lines of your body. A button-down blouse should never be too tight – but don't go for one that's too loose, either. It should just skim your body. For maximum style points, tuck it into a high-waisted pencil skirt or sleek pair of trousers.

How to style a blouse to keep cool

There's a thin line between formal and frumpy, and blouses can cross it if you're not careful. If you're wearing a high-necked blouse, like a pussy bow style, then you can go for a more fitted lower half: A short pencil skirt is ideal. A V-neck blouse is better with a pair of trousers or knee-length skirt; if you're showing a flash of skin on the top, then keep things covered down below. If your blouse sits loosely on your body, then tuck it in to make a feature of your waist. Don't leave it untucked, or you'll risk losing your figure. Keep your accessories simple if you're in a work environment. A V-neck blouse or button-down will look good with a statement necklace.