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The most versatile piece in your wardrobe this summer? The peasant blouse

At the office, at the beach, out for drinks, the styling options are endless...

By Asda Good Living, 14 July 2016
The most versatile piece in your wardrobe this summer? The peasant blouse
When it comes to summer dressing, us Brits often struggle. It might have something to do with the fact we only see about two weeks of hot sunshine each year, which means we're seasoned pros at dressing in colder months, but are at a loss when the temperature rises! Not only is it tricky to know what to wear - one minute it's raining the next minute it's muggy - but we often resent spending a fortune on something that may only be worn once. How much flesh should we flash? Do we need to slap on the fake tan before we bare our legs? And how do we combat hiding upper arms we want to conceal? So many fashion conundrums that seem impossible to solve. Or so we thought. There's one perennial fashion piece that warrants a place in every woman's wardrobe and that's the peasant blouse

It's become a summer staple for those in the know, thanks to its forgiving cut, loose and cool breezy size and three-quarter-length sleeves. Plus, if you style it right, you can wear your peasant blouse dressed up for the office or super casual as a throw-on with denim shorts for your beach break. If you're not traditionally drawn towards boho styles, remember that the peasant blouse can be elevated to a smart occasion given the right wardrobe combination, accessories and a trusty pair of heels. 

The most common way to wear this hippy chick number is with classic blue denim (as seen below) but tuck your blouse loosely into the top of your jeans, add a smart sandal heel, shimmering gold, bold accessories and an oversized pair of sunnies and you have an outfit worthy of a evening meal with friends. 

 
 

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If the British sunshine makes an appearance - or more likely if you're hitting foreign shores this summer - then you'll find your favourite denim or khaki shorts work perfectly with a loose peasant blouse, pretty sandal flats and a chic straw shopper to carry all your beach essentials. Fashion icon Alexa Chung shows just how it's done in an urban setting that would work just as well at the beach.


And if you're wondering how to incorporate your new investment into your workwear wardrobe, we've got the answer! Choose a minimal design with a monochrome (black or white) base shade and tuck into a pair of on-trend black culottes or your trusty smart cropped cigarette trousers. A heel - however small - is essential to keep the look professional-looking and smart. 

And if you're feeling really daring then check out how the top even works for a special occasion evening out with a shimmering metallic pencil skirt!

There are myriad ways to try the trend and we think we've proved just how versatile this little number is. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your peasant blouse from George today.