Lookbook: Navy Bows + Ivory Lace


Blouse and skirt (from 2011) c/o Modcloth, Target sandals, H&M; bag, Michael Kors watch
“On the Mark” necklace c/o Stella & Dot

I don’t have many items from Modcloth, but the pieces I do have are very special and garner so many compliments. This versatile blouse is no exception, and I have to thank Jess of what jess wore for enabling. I had been eying it online, but was unsure about the fit. After reading Jess’s thorough review, I didn’t waste two minutes before pulling the trigger!

Simple studying outfits w/ Theory pants (similar) + AT pumps, and H&M; shorts + Cole Haan flats

I wasn’t able to post a timely review, but did share photos via FB/Twitter so I hope some of you were able to grab this blouse. It was out of stock the last I checked, but there is a restock signup list. They order based on demand, and the restock list is actually how I was able to snag this lace skirt last year.

This is one of those blouses that work equally well tucked…

…or untucked. I usually advocate tucking tops in + belting to define the waistline, but there’s something easy and effortless about an A-line silhouette. I temporarily hemmed this skirt to balance out the volume on top. Which do you prefer – flowy and free, or tucked and defined?
Because the material is very thin and pliable (and sheer – you either need a camisole or seamless nude bra), it drapes nicely on smaller frames even if the fit is roomy. I usually shy away from shoulder seams that go so far past my natural shoulders, but this top hung smoothly. I’m wearing a size S here and it can probably accommodate someone 1 to 2 sizes up as well. bowlace5

There’s so many features here that I appreciate from all angles: button-down back, grosgrain ribbon trim, sleeve cuffs, and of course the two pretty bows. There were definitely no shortcuts taken with the details on this blouse, making it look worthy of it’s $42.99 price tag. If you have a plain top and some buttons and ribbon, this could be a great candidate for a DIY project. My only concern is that the bow corners might show wear, so I’ll be sealing them up with clear polish or some anti-fray.

Thank you to Nick for editing this set of photos! : )

86 thoughts on “Lookbook: Navy Bows + Ivory Lace

  • Reply L&W from The DoubleTake Girls June 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I love this top, soo cute! You have such a delicate, feminine yet modern style. We love seeing your posts!


  • Reply eliz. June 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Love the details of the top…:-) I like your target shoes…are they comfortable? all the shoes I have bought there are a pain!

  • Reply Unknown June 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    love this outfit so much that i signed up for the list! it's so freshly crisp!

  • Reply StyleAt30 byJo June 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I really love the skirt ♥

  • Reply newpetite June 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    depending on where you were wearing the top, I like i both ways!

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  • Reply Vanessa June 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Jean! I love how versatile the top is since it can be tucked in or left out. What do you mean by a "seamless" bra?

  • Reply Only for the Sweetest. June 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I'm in love with this outfit! It's so pretty and feminine.


  • Reply Let Every Day Shine June 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I really enjoy visiting your blog. Love your style. It's clean, elegant and refined! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  • Reply Joy June 13, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Love the outfit! Very chic and classy!

  • Reply Jade June 13, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Lovely shirt. I love how you styled it!

  • Reply Female Escorts UK June 13, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Wow so wonderful outfit and you look stunning!
    I loved that skirt.

  • Reply Prof. Dr. Skinny Bitch June 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    so beautiful!!! you look amazing in this outfit!! love the skirt!!!


  • Reply Unknown June 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hey Jean, LOVE the skirt and the top tucked in looks great. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Banana Republic pants in petite? I searched your blog but couldn't find anything.

  • Reply sophié June 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I do have a serious question! (I love the outfit – you look great in it btw) How many handbags do you keep? I must admit I envy the way you use the clutch as it looks perfectly proportioned on you and very elegant. It doesn't interfere with the line of the blouse, which I guess is what is great about hand held bags. Do you find it practical enough for real life? xx

  • Reply Borka June 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    nice skirt!
    love the look



  • Reply happilyfull June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    LOVE your top!!!

  • Reply Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    could you link the target sandals? Love them!

  • Reply Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Jean, you are perfect.

    I've been following your blog for some time now and am literally obsessed with you. I love clicking through your blogroll and looking at all the different blogs that you follow/follow you, and though I find many of them interesting – yours has remained my absolute favorite. Probably because my style/taste is really similar to yours, so it appeals to me more than most. But I also just love your product reviews or DIY posts because they are always so thorough and informative. I've learned so much from your blog that I finally felt compelled to write you a comment. 🙂 Also, I live in the Boston area and whenever I go downtown, I always enjoy entertaining the hope that sometime I may bump into you on Newbury St. 😛 Keep up the good work, and this top is simply beautiful. I personally like the first look best. So chic.

    P.S. Are you aware of the blog Classy Girls Wear Pearls? It's my favorite fashion blog after yours – I think you would love it!

    – Alefia 🙂

  • Reply couturecoco June 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I love this top tucked in best on you. Ribbons and bows are among my favourite details and the navy grosgrain is just lovely!

  • Reply Jasmine of ❤AdamAlexMommy❤ June 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

    one of my fave color combos… blue with brown accessories. love those shorts!

  • Reply emily June 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love this look, very sweet! The lace of the skirt is so pretty and adds great texture to the look.

  • Reply Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Hi Jean,

    Is this blouse a small or an extra small?

  • Reply Law Moda June 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    love the surprising bit of texture on the bottom


  • Reply Jane June 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Jean,

    I love the shirt both tucked and untucked! It's two different vibes. I didn't think I would like the untucked, but it hangs on your frame very well.

    I hope you don't mind that this is a bit off-topic, but I remembered that you said in previous posts that you sometimes sold clothes you didn't wear anymore. I've just gone through my closet and ended up with a bunch of lightly worn clothes, some of which can be donated, but some of which are pretty nice and I thought I'd try to find new homes for them. Would you mind telling me if there's a website or something that you use to sell yours? Thanks!

  • Reply lisacng June 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Great job on the photo-editing, Nick! Great tones! I love the top. It does have some wonderful fun details. I love flowy and free, especially with the lace shorts.

  • Reply Jessica @ Here(and)Now June 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I am seriously in love with your blog! You have fabulous style, and the best, practical tips!
    Thank you for being awesome

  • Reply Linda June 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm


    After reading this, I fell in love with your top and immediately hopped to ModCloth and purchased the last of the bow-tie top, in a size S. I felt like I won the lottery when I saw that there was one left, and in my size!

    After the adrenaline rush ebbed, I was thinking about the fit of the shirt. It looks like the armpit area is loose–would you say that it's rather billowy? And the shirt doesn't quite have a shape. As I don't have anything to prop the shirt up with, I'm concerned that I'll look like a sack with it. Could you shed some light on those two things? Thanks!


  • Reply Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Jean, what have you been doing with your hair lately? I need to hear your tips!

  • Reply Karen (littlepiecefnb) June 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Love that top, Jean! So versatile and I can see it getting lots of wears.

    A Little Piece of Fashion and Beauty

  • Reply ap. June 17, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Jean, this is an absolutely amazing outfit! You look stunning and I love the pairing. BTW, just incase you're curious, express is currently selling a very similar shirt and the XS size will fit most petites!

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  • Reply Anonymous June 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    The Blouse is soooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!

  • Reply Débora Aymée June 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Love your style. Congrats!

  • Reply <b>Anna Ngo</b> July 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Jean! I just ordered this, as it's back in stock. Thank you SO much for sharing this! I only hope it looks as lovely on me as it does on you. Thanks again!

  • Reply McMel August 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    i have this top! so cute!!

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