Misconceptions about the differences between shirts and blouses are quite common, which is why our creative team – led by Alexandra Carneiro and with the help of her right arm, the designer Filomena Machado – has decided to shed some light over the matter.

SHIRTS AND BLOUSES

Shirts and Blouses: The Ingrid Pleated Shirt

THE SHIRT

When picking between shirts and blouses, one has to remember that the white shirt is a statement piece in any woman’s wardrobe. Featuring both collars and buttons, its measurements are usually standard which can make it somewhat ‘austere’.

It may, however, become more ‘flexible’ through the use of casual patterns or details such as flounces or ruffles. These unconventional shapes are responsible for deconstructing the classic shirt. In fact, unconventional shapes that compliment the female body, is one of our mottos.

SHIRTS AND BLOUSES

Shirts and Blouses: Valerie Open Back

THE BLOUSE

The blouse, on the other hand, is a more fluid piece of clothing, featuring a more relaxed silhouette. The collar is very seldom as formal as the one in a shirt. Sleeve and hem measurements are not standard, drawing, again, away from formality. This means a blouse is easily more adaptable to any kind of silhouette, and therefore more versatile.

CHOOSING BETWEEN SHIRTS AND BLOUSES

The simplicity that characterizes a shirt makes one believe they are easier to adjust, mix and match, which makes them a must-have in any wardrobe. 21st century dynamic women are, however, more pragmatic decision-makers, and practicality is always a core value. Simplicity is key for perfect style, which is why we believe small details make all the difference.

In the words of Charles Eames – ‘The details are not the details, they make the design’.

Have you decided what is your A-Line pick, between shirts and blouses?

Take a look at our collections here, and let us know your favourite style.