The tie-front blouse adds a little spice and femininity to the regular, button-down blouse. Depending on the rest of your ensemble, you can make a bow or tie a loose knot to give the illusion of wearing a scarf. But just like the traditional blouse, it comes in many materials, colors and patterns and is a timeless look for any age. Plus it's a great wardrobe staple and could be worn with black pants for work, a knee-length skirt or even a pair of boot-cut jeans.
* Pretty in polka dots
WHERE TO FIND IT: Saks Fifth Avenue.
DESCRIPTION: St. John silk tie-front blouse.
ALSO CHECK: Saks Fifth Avenue at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, saksfifthavenue.com.
* Nautical notions
DESCRIPTION: Slouched sailor blouse (in silk).
WHERE TO FIND IT: Anthropologie.
ALSO CHECK: Anthropologie at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, City Place at the Promenade in Edgewater, 379 Chestnut Ridge Road in Woodcliff Lake, anthropologie.com.
* Blushing beauty
DESCRIPTION: Worthington three-quarter-length bow blouse (in polyester).
WHERE TO FIND IT: JC Penney.
ALSO CHECK: JC Penney at Westfield Garden State Plaza, Wayne Town Center in Wayne, jcpenney.com.