Besides my obsession with black-and-white shoes (yay!) and Birkenstocks (nay), I also can’t get enough of the shift blouse. A shift blouse? “What the heck is a shift blouse?” you ask.  I know what a shift dress is (or do you?), but a shift blouse? Well, it’s generally the same idea — squarish, boxy fit of the dress (no defined waistline)  but without the bottom part. Add elbow-length sleeves and a slightly cropped fit. To really give it that crisp shift-y shape, opt for a stiffer, thicker fabric — ponte, cotton, tweed.

Because it has that boxy fit, I recommend selecting fun print and textures instead of solid colors (like white), which could trend toward…looking like a uniform? Scrubs? Wear with high-waist  body-con bottoms whether it is a fitted pencil skirt, a fitted sheath dress, high-waist skinnies, etc.

Go Nautical Preppy..

with this Chelsea28 bar back stripe top available at Nordstrom ($58).

 

Try Girly Floral…

with this Ella Moss tweed top available at Nordstrom ($118).

 

Work the Pastel Trend… 

with the Ellipse Tee from Anthropologie ($68)

 

 Roll With an Ethnic/Boho Vibe…

with the buttoned canvas tee in brown motif from Anthropologie ($88)