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Even if you’ve never heard the term “hero blouse” before, you’re probably familiar with the concept. It’s a shirt with so much personality that it makes your entire outfit. Think of it as a grown-up, modern take on the going-out top.
Whether it’s festooned with bows, slashed with cut-outs, or covered in ruffles, a hero blouse is incredibly easy to style. Just throw on jeans and voilà, you’re fashionable. (Though if you want to be street-style bait, feel free to add striking earrings or a colorful block heel.) Scroll down to shop our favorites.
The Autumnal Option
The Breezy One
The Pilgrim-Sleeved Blouse
The Fashion-y Take on Off-the-Shoulder Tops
If you’re sick of the off-the-shoulder look, try this deconstructed button-down.
A Two-for-One Trendy Top
The Fancy Work Blouse
The Edgy Yet Feminine Blouse
The Affordable Designer Dupe
This top is a riff on Self-Portrait’s blue-striped blouse, which is four times the price and sold out nearly everywhere.
For the Woman Who Is Never Cold
The Dressy Mockneck
The Elevated Button-Down
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