Bohemian Casual In A Peasant Blouse

Casual, cheap and comfortable…. Three of the criteria I look for in buying new pieces.  While I do love dressing up, I am finding in retirement, those occasions are infrequent and most of my days are spent in casual attire for daily outings and routines.

One piece I am particularly enjoying with this transitional fall weather from warm to cool is the ever popular peasant top which has been around for quite awhile and is considered a classic piece.

The peasant blouse is a loosely fitting blouse with puffy sleeves and it can be traced back to the chemise type garment worn by peasants in the 1700’s in Europe.  It became quite popular here in the U.S. during the 1960’s and 70’s as part of the Bohemian fashion culture.  Some peasant blouses vary in that they can be off the shoulder in style.  There has been a resurgence in recent years of the blouse’s popularity and although it never went away, it has shown to be getting more popular once again.

The peasant blouse’s look can be changed up merely by tucking it in as opposed to wearing it hanging loose, like I prefer.  It can be belted or tied with a scarf at the waist.   It is popular with all age groups. Though white used to be the traditional color, today you can find peasant tops in all colors and prints.   I found this particular blouse at Old Navy on clearance for $9 which was a great buy.  You can easily find them in most stores or online.  A shawl or even a jacket can complement it perfectly as the days get cooler.  Throwing on jeans or a denim skirt is a perfect addition.

I love my peasant blouse and know if you try it, you will too!


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