Different By Design

The Best Blouses for the Holidays and Beyond 

by Lani Kim

beautifully feminine holiday blouses

‘Tis the season to get decked out for the holidays, so the question is: what are you wearing? It’s true that you can’t go wrong with a cozy sweater or a glamorous dress, and oh, do we love a statement coat.  

But the options don’t end there: a high-impact blouse in a sumptuous fabric is a great way to elevate your holiday look, and you can pair it with anything from a pencil skirt to a cozy pair of cashmere jeans. Blouses are particularly versatile, working overtime at the office underneath a blazer, while letting loose at the after-hours cocktail party

Beyond that, a blouse can be a statement piece for your wardrobe, showcasing your individuality with minimal accessorizing required.  

During the winter months, we get especially blissed out with blouses at White House Black Market, offering even more silhouettes, fabrics and finishes than we do in other seasons. Why? Because we think this item is the perfect way to top off an unforgettable look—for the holidays and beyond!  

Here are our favorite blouses for every winter occasion. 


a flutter sleeve blouse is perfect for your office holiday party

Office holiday parties tend to take place either within or right after office hours—a luncheon in the office or nearby venue is a popular choice, as is the 6 p.m. happy hour. These can be fun events, especially if a white elephant gift exchange or a karaoke contest is involved, but it doesn’t leave you much time to change or at least freshen up before the festivities…presenting you with a frustrating dilemma: What should you wear? Do you dress up a little more than usual to work, or go to the holiday party looking more casual than you’d prefer? 

We are pleased to present you with the perfect solution: our flutter-sleeve top, in a silky, fluid fabric that works well under a blazer (simply remove it when the workday is done). Choose a festive color, like bloodstone red, and pair with a pencil skirt or your favorite work trouser. 


lace sleeves are the perfect touch for a holiday dinner

Whether you’re gathering for a Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas feast, Hanukkah latke party—or however you celebrate—there’s always a balance between wanting to be comfortable, while still elevating your style with some memorable pieces. A sophisticated blouse is perfect for those family photos, and you can pair it with comfortable jeans (so you can keep up all of the rambunctious toddler nieces and nephews who keep stealing cookies from the dessert table!). 

flowy blouse with lace inset sleeves is our choice for your holiday family event—it feels soft and almost weightless against your skin, but designer details like lacework at the elbow and a lined bodice make it decidedly feminine and elevated, so you’ll look on point as you lift your wineglass to toast your family and friends.  Cheers! 


an off the shoulder blouse is an eye-catching look that’s perfect for a holiday event

It’s five o’clock somewhere. Grabbing cocktails with your friends is even more fun when you’re surrounded by twinkle lights, tinsel and mistletoe. (And we’ll be honest: it’s also a much overdue opportunity to vent with your besties about all the gift-shopping and turkey-cooking holiday stress that tends to haunt us all during this most wonderful time of year!) 

So what should you wear? Make an alluring statement when you walk in the room wearing an off-the-shoulder blouse in a gorgeous evergreen floral print. Tuck in and belt for a more streamlined silhouette, or wear untucked with skinny jeans for a long-over-lean look. Want to heighten the drama? Add hoop earrings, heels and upswept hair.  


a silky halter top adds romance to your holiday date night

A holiday date night with that special someone demands a special look, and while a red dress might be the obvious choice for this type of occasion, a blouse can be just as seductive…especially when it’s a silk-blend halter top with a strappy V-neckline, cut on the bias to display your curves to their most flattering advantage.  

Trust us: This silky little number is exactly what you want to have on as you sit together by candlelight and exchange gifts…especially if one of them is in a small velvet box with a tiny bow on top. 


a classic white blouse is perfect for Christmas morning

You don’t get more classic than a white blouse: fashion icons from Audrey Hepburn to Princess Diana have immortalized this deceptively simple essential. And since there’s nothing more classic than loved ones gathering to exchange gifts, whether it’s a Christmas Day brunch or another tradition, a simple white blouse is exactly what you want to be wearing when the wrapping paper ripping commences! It’s the perfect blank canvas to showcase the more colorful items in your wardrobe, whether it’s a flowy skirt, velvet pants, or detailed jeans. 

Want the simplicity of white but with a bit more flare? White House Black Market’s white lace turtleneck has lavishly intricate stitching…yet, it will gladly share the spotlight with those gorgeous new earrings you found under the tree! 


ring in the new year in a glamorous black lace blouse

A New Year’s Eve party is not the time to be shy, so bring the drama in a sheer black blouse with ornate black patches of lace in all of the right places, not to mention clever stretch to ensure a flattering, contoured fit.  

Since this blouse is a show stealer, keep the rest of your look subdued: a pop of sparkle on each ear, a ruby red lip, hair tied back or styled simply. Pair with black scuba leggings and your favorite high heels for the ultimate sophistication.  

We predict exciting things ahead for you in the new year! 

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