‘What can I wear to look professional, but remain stylish at the same time?’ This is probably one of the biggest fashion struggles for those of us women who work in an office environment day-to-day. Particularly in Hong Kong, where most of our time is spent jumping between work and social events, it becomes even more important to maintain a functional wardrobe that not only works for a professional environment, but can transition easily to casual events and social gatherings.
While blouses have always been one of the go-to office staples for professional women, designers have been taking them to the next level over recent seasons by incorporating various contemporary updates to the workwear classic. From silk-satin blouses to those with modern sculptural silhouettes, scroll down to find 10 of our favourites that work as versatile pieces in your everyday wardrobe.
Silk-satin is a fabric that is currently favoured by many luxury designers for its smooth, fluid yet rich texture that drapes beautifully over your figure. This bright blouse by Balenciaga offers a striking impression due to its eye-catching — yet not overbearing — pop of red, complemented by long pussy-bow ties, cuffed sleeves and an elasticated trim for a subtle peplum hem.
HK$7,900 from Net-a-Porter
Johanna Ortiz is known for her talent in mixing classic shirting with contemporary elements. Here, she has designed a blouse with long puff sleeves in the form of a bodysuit, which makes it much easier to tuck into trousers or skirts for an effortlessly sleek and refined look.
HK$5,708 from Matchesfashion
This La Chemise Boutons blouse by Jacquemus is made from a lightweight stretch canvas in a cream hue, and features a distinctive silhouette as well as a deep V-neck, long dolman sleeves, and accordion-pleated cuffs, front and back waist. A line of buttons with retro-inspired details provides a finishing touch.
HK$3,681 from Matchesfashion
Featuring the label’s beautiful ‘Opal Blue’ shade, this tie-back crepe blouse by Marni is made from featherweight crepe that’s woven with silk, and comes with a mock turtleneck that ties at the back, along with exaggerated split cuffs that effortlessly fall past your fingertips for a modern twist.
HK$9,100 from Net-a-Porter
Made in Italy, this sage-green silk-satin blouse by Valentino is highlighted by its sensual, deep cowl neck at the back, achieving a fluid shape that’s elegantly finished with self-fastening ties that drape around the high neck. The cuffs are also pleated, with added button-fastening, offering a graceful and sensual flair.
HK$13,700 from Matchesfashion
There are plenty of Oriental-inspired creations this season, and over at Diane von Furstenberg, creative director Jonathan Saunders has reimagined the brand’s iconic ’70s striped prints into printed broken white lines, adorned on a billowy silk-twill blouse with waist-cinching belt and kimono sleeves.
HK$3,190 from Net-a-Porter
Made in Italy, this satin blouse by Fendi is highlighted by a striking cobalt-blue hue, and comes with a neat beige mesh insert that’s been set into the décolleté to frame the high neck. The sleeves, meanwhile, feature in a high long balloon silhouette and end with fluted cuffs for an extra feminine touch.
HK$9,600 from Matchesfashion