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5 Workwear Blouses to Wear with Black Pants

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After wrapping up our Wardrobe Challenge last Friday, many participants realized they need some new blouses to wear with black pants

So I thought it would be helpful to feature some well priced, size-inclusive options. I’m focusing on black and white blouses because it’s the easiest combination that always looks chic and modern, and chances are, you already have a pair of workhorse black pants hanging in your closet. 

5 Blouses to Wear with Black Pants

Five shirts to wear with black pants

This round-up has everyone covered, including petite and plus-size options, starting at only $17. So whether you’re heading back to the office after almost a year of working from home, or you want to break up the monotony of endless days in loungewear, there’s something here for you.


Twist Front 

Twist Front Shirt from Vince Camuto

Twist Front, $99 

The side ruched detailing of the Vince Camuto blouse creates a faux wrap that will bring in your waist. The length makes it ideal to pair with skinny or straight leg bottoms, avoid a wide or boot cut leg with this. 

Available in XS – XL, $99. 

Animal Print 

Animal Print Shirt from LOFT

Animal Print, $35

Right now, if you put this 5 Star Reviewed LOFT knit blouse in your cart, it’s marked down to $17. It has a flattering v-neckline and a pretty drape. You can wear it tucked, half-tucked, or out depending on what looks best on your body type.

Available in XXS – XL in regular and petite. 

Velvet Dot Tie-Neck

Velvet Dot Tie Neck Blouse from Banana Republic

Velvet Dot Tie-Neck, $33 

adore this velvet bow blouse from Banana Republic. It will add some drama to any basic black bottom, and it’s only $33.  A black cami is sewn in, so you don’t have to worry about what to wear underneath.

Available in regular and petite in XXS – XXL. 

Piped Trim

Piped Trim Blouse

Piped Trim, $51  

Need a professional, statement-making blouse to perk up your boring basics? This black and white piped trim blouse by DKNY (at Macy’s) is lovely. You can wear it tucked into a pencil skirt, half-tucked in pants, or wear it with your pajama bottoms for a Zoom meeting 😉

Available in XS – XL. 

Plus Size Popover

Popover Top from Target

Popover, $25 

When I saw this pretty blouse at my local Target from their Ava and Viv line I knew I wanted to feature it. The quality is impressive (for only $25) and will work with any black bottom worn tucked in or out. You can even layer it under a  open cardigan or blazer.

Available in 1X – 4X. 

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5 Workwear Blouses to Wear with Black Pants

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Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Will plan to have the Wardrobe Challenge again. I had started it but my husband has been diagnosed with lung cancer, I have had heart ablation and now we both are quarantined. Exhaustion is the main problem so far but looking forward to dressing up again is hopeful.

When possible, enjoying other discover their "look" was a great uplift.