How to Update a White Blouse

November 14, 2007 by Kristie Leong MD  
Published in Style

If you have an old, white blouse in your closet that could use a whole new life,here’s how to update a it and give it a whole new look and style.

Do you have a white cotton or silk blouse that looks a bit dated and could use a stylish update? You have so many options for turning that ordinary white blouse into a fashion statement and you can do it without spending a fortune. Here are some ideas for updating that white blouse that’s been sitting around in your closet:

Change the Buttons

Nothing changes the look of a tired, white blouse quicker than changing the buttons. Many blouses come with ordinary buttons that lack style. Take your white blouse down to your local fabric or button store, if you have happen to have one, and experiment with different buttons on your blouse. There are beautiful buttons in all types of materials including glass, ceramic, porcelain, metal, and enamel. Look for something completely different that will really update the look of your blouse. If you don’t want to change the buttons yourself, it’s fairly inexpensive to have it done by your local tailor.

Change the Color of Your White Blouse

There’s a world of fabric dyes out that will give your white blouse a whole new color. If you’re trying to change the look of a silk blouse, there are dyes specifically made for silk fabrics as well as for cotton fabric. If you can’t find them locally, do a Google search for fabric dyes. You’ll be surprised at all of the wonderful colors available to you. Dyeing fabric doesn’t have to be messy or time consuming these days. The new fabric dyes make it simple. Another bonus is the dying process will also cover any stains that may have disfigured your white blouse.

Add a Beautiful Silk Scarf

If you don’t want to change your white blouse permanently but just want to update it for a day, find a colorful silk scarf and tie it dramatically around your neck when you wear your white blouse. This gives you an instant update and can also be quite flattering to your face.

Discover the Power of Layering

Put on an interesting bodysuit or turtle neck underneath your white blouse and open your blouse enough to allow the top to show. You can even put on a v-neck wool sweater or a cute jacket on top to achieve the ultimate layered look. The layered look coordinates nicely with a slim pair of pants and boots.

Play Up the Accessories.

Sometimes all you need to do to update a tired white blouse is to add an eye catching, bold necklace. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, why not make your own? Most cities have a bead store or a craft store that carries a variety of beads in stone, glass, metal, ceramic, and other materials. You can find instructions on the internet on how to attach the clasp and finish off your necklace .This gives you lots of creative freedom.

Turn Your White Blouse Into a Canvas

If you artistic flair, why not paint your inner vision onto your white blouse? If you have a silk blouse, there are a variety of paints designed just for silk. If your blouse is cotton, there are fabric paints available to accommodate your needs also. Call your local craft store and see if they carry them. If not, you should be able to purchase them on the internet. You can create a unique, one-of-a kind art blouse that will be sure to draw compliments.

When updating a white blouse, you’re limited only by your imagination. There are many creative options available that will allow you to express your own unique style. Before you give that white silk blouse to the Goodwill, why not give these update ideas a try?

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