Fashions for Proms

5 Blouson Dresses for Summer Parties

I always thought that blouson, which is the French word for a jacket, was a strange way to define a gathered waist dress. In search of the origins of this dress style, my enquiring mind turned to Wikipedia. Would you believe that this airy dress finds its origins in Eisenhower's military jacket? Inspired by British layering principles for combat troops, this waist cropped jacket was adopted for both combat and parade use. Yves Saint Laurent incorporated the blouson style to dress beatniks, trend setters and rock stars in the 1950's and 1960's.

Blouson dresses this summer feature bodice fabrics with beautiful drape. Often, slim skirts contrast with the loose tops. Here's some of my favorite picks for summer parties.

5 Beautiful Budget Friendly Blouson Dresses

The short and sassy sequin skirtfits this trend in a one shoulder blouson dress. The butterfly sleeve flows nicely with the chiffon bodice. A beautiful dress for summer parties and priced under $50. Score!

Pleated center front bodice creates great vertical lines that make a strong impact on this strapless blouson dress. The black fitted skirt uses tiny taupe horizontal stripes in a beautiful contrast.

Beaded rhinestones emphasize the necklace effect on this black and white blouson dress. Very creative piecing creates a cut outalong the neckline. The black skirt is fitted, with ruched side edges that glide over your curves.

Here's that combination of blouson and butterfly again. This time, a deep V back distinguishes this blouson dress. Sewn sequin scallop motifs sparkle on the white skirt (try saying that three times quickly) to create a beautiful party dress under $75.

Everything's chiffon and lace in this blouson dress. The lacey chevron motif helps this dress walk between casual and semi formal. Here's a summer dress versatile enough to go from family celebrations to shopping with friends. And did I mention the budget friendly aspect?

Catch summer breeze and style with this season's blouson dress trend.


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