How To Wear The Gypsy Blouse

River Island Pink Floral Print Sheer Blouse £30

Isabel Lucas mix and matches her floral blouse with a printed skirt 
The gypsy, or peasant, blouse is a key part of any woman's summer wardrobe, serving as a laidback yet feminine cover-up for sunshiny days, or a handy transitional piece for when the rainclouds arrive. Made iconic by bohemian chicks such as Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, a delicate blouse with just the right amount of billowiness is more multi-functional than you may think. If you're not afraid of pattern, follow Isabel Lucas' lead and mix and match a printed blouse with bold bottoms. If you're as passionate about paisley as me (!), double up on the vintage-look pattern to nail the co-ordinating trend. Keep accessories sleek and simple when doing head-to-toe pattern, though a statement piece of ethnic jewellery wouldn't go amiss- likewise, I love Isabel's classic watch. Get the look with Urban Outfitters' water resistant version below.

Urban Outfitters Staring at Stars Gauze Blouse £42, caters for the
Casio Leather Strap Gold Face Watch £40
     Happy to stick to a neutral coloured blouse and characterize it with complimentary pieces? Parisian goddess Isabel Marant showcased her S/S'13 peasant blouses with a 'rhinestone cowboy' effect, pairing them with laser-cut leather, fringed waistcoats and cut-out buckle boots that looked as if they came straight from the ranch. Channel Topshop's pony print shirt (part unbuttoned with a cami underneath or tied loosely at the naval) with faux leather, fringed suede or denim cut-offs and ankle booties for an effortless take on a Parisian field hand.

Topshop Pony Print Shirt £36

Cowgirls ruled at Isabel Marant S/S'13 
    Olivia Palermo demonstrates that the gypsy blouse is smart enough for evening, when worked with heels and a clutch. Like Isabel, she knows that burnt orange hues and tans flatter the peasant blouse and elude to the scorching, desert-like grounds found in the Wild Wild West. A crisp white blouse would look just as stylish with a pair of vintage blue jeans by day and as for that essential accessory- the luxe backpack takes the glory. Renowned for being a carry-all for globe-trotters, the rucksack has graduated into a cultivated object of beauty. The Olsen twins' sought-after backpack designs for their label The Row are proof of this! I love the concept of blending sophisticated modern details with the carefree roots of the holdalls and blouses themselves.

Olivia Palermo combines burnt orange chiffon and brown accessories
with a creamy peasant blouse
Mango Tassles Embroidered Cotton Blouse £24.99
Miss Selfridge Mono Canvas Rucksack £10
    A funky twist on the gypsy blouse is to amalgamate its equatorial birthplace with modern day jetsetter hotspots- think Dolce and Gabbana's riveria-themed S/S'13 catwalk show. This Paisley Mexicana Blouse by Oasis would look gorgeous teamed with white shorts, a raffia basket bag and a pair of glamorous Sicilian-inspired drop earrings.

Oasis Paisley Mexicana Blouse £45

The Real Deal: Dolce and Gabbana Filigrane Embellished
Gold-Plated Clip Earrings £710
Chelsea Doll Red, Mustard and Green Stone Chandelier Earrings £7


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