It's only been in the past year or so that I have rediscovered my love for the blouse. Often I thought of this piece as old-fashioned, staid, and dowdy - everything I aspire NOT to be. I used to envision women who wore blouses, also wore slacks and slips, and even perhaps set their hair in rollers before embarking on their day. I just threw up in my mouth a little....I should be fine. However, all rules and preconceived notions should be revisited now and again - if not for the sake of curiosity then do it for fashion. Fashion thrives on reinvention - being your own renaissance woman - mixing shit up, for lack of a better term. Well I did have some better terms - but I love a good curse word. And so it goes - proving myself wrong became an advantage for my wardrobe, albeit a disadvantage for my wallet. Prints or solids, a blouse is the ultimate piece that goes with everything - jeans, pencil skirts, shorts, leggings and dare I say it - goddamn slacks. What do you wear it with? I need to know. I'll read your comments after my bridge/gin rummy game ends.