Shopping for Blouses with Luzia

During my shopping appointment with my client Luzia, we shopped for new wardrobe pieces for spring at Gap and LOFT. Luzia tried on a few blouses at Gap but was a little discouraged because the buttoned-down blouses tended to gape at the bust. 

I suggested to Luzia that she should have the placket (where the row of buttons and holes are located) sewn closed around the area where the fabric pulls at the bust. You can easily take your garment to your tailor or local cleaners and have this done at a low cost. However, this alteration works best for blouses that only slightly gape. That way, when the placket is sewn closed the fabric doesn’t pull to the point of tearing when worn. 

Luzia bought some cute ankle pants and a boyfriend cardigan from Gap and then headed to LOFT. From LOFT, Luzia purchased a pretty turquoise blouse.  

It’s always a pleasure to shop with Luzia. We’ve had fun transitioning her style to the next level!

Anatomy of an Outfit

I was so excited to see my client Luzia at her daughter’s birthday dinner dressed in clothes I bought for her. She looked beautiful and I hope she felt that way in her outfit.

 (blazer, JCrew; blouse, Banana Republic; pants, Gap; satchel, JCrew; necklace, Banana Republic; shoes, Luzia’s own)

Why does this outfit work? As mentioned in an earlier post, Luzia has curves around her torso and slim legs. I wanted to balance that look by finding blouses with a longer hem that mimic tunic dresses that she can pair with slim ankle pants. Luzia paired her cream blouse (and a cute pleated ruffle) with black and cream printed ankle pants. To add some structure to the look, she wore a black blazer and pointed toe flats (which elongated her legs). She finished the look with a gold statement necklace and a tan satchel.
When I saw Luzia she was beaming as if she was showing everyone her best self. Luzia even told me that one of her daughter’s friends said she wanted to dress like her. What a compliment!