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I thought I’d do a bit of a series about buying certain things off-brand, specifically things that are easier to find. You’re probably not going to find many good dresses or skirts, but quite a few good basic items are readily available in normal stores. Here’s Part 1, expect a few more parts over the next week or so!

Off-Brand Blouses
Top Row: (from right to left)
Striped Ruffle Blouse from Charlotte Russe
Solid Pintuck Shirt from Kohls
Lattice Woven Front Top from Forever 21
Lattice Trim Shirt from Old Navy
2nd Row:
Women’s Cap-Sleeve Ruffle Blouse from Walmart
Striped Pintuck Shirt from Kohls
Ruffled Camp Shirt from Kohls

These days finding a puff-sleeved blouse with ruffles on it isn’t too hard, but it’s a bit more difficult in the summer. Almost half of these are from Kohls, which has a nice selection of ruffled tops, especially in their Junior’s section. Come fall, there will probably be a bit more selection. Still, I think all of these are really cute, and perfectly acceptable for lolita, which is not bad for $20 or so! Here a few things to watch out for when off-brand blouse shopping!

Check Sales Racks! Always important. Frilly blouses are getting to be a bit last-season, so the sales rack is a good place to catch them.
Avoid low-cut tops. A lot of times blouses would be perfectly acceptable if they didn’t drop quite so low in the neckline. Watch out for these!
Avoid banded bottoms. Tops like these just look funny with a skirt. They might be acceptable under a jsk, but is it really worth it to have a blouse you can only wear with part of your wardrobe?
Don’t be scared of something a little different. Peter pan collars are very hard to find in American clothes, and sometimes colors aren’t quite the same as brand, but don’t be afraid of a brown blouse or a pointed collar.

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