Style Retrospective: See The Peasant Blouse Over The Years

Over the years, we’ve watched as the blouse’s free-spirited, hippie feel has adopted decidedly luxe and refined sensibilities, though it’s never lost its carefree insouciance (and still makes us want to wear flowers in our hair). Designers, including Isabel Marant’s S/S 13 collection, have recently paid homage to the bohemian blouse too, making us fall in love with this summer staple anew. This easy, warm-weather essential has been embraced over the decades, so click through our slideshow to see its storied past and how current fashion fixtures are styling it.

Grace Kelly

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In her film Green Fire, the actress—whose personal style was highly feminine and polished—channeled a more relaxed vibe in her role as a coffee grower in Colombia.

Talitha Getty

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The late ‘60s style icon is practically synonymous with the jetset hippie look. Here, she’s pictured with her then three-week-old son Tara Getty in Rome.

Ali MacGraw

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Snapped here wearing a crochet peasant blouse, MacGraw was the quintessential ‘70s muse.

Jane Birkin

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Before Kate Moss, before Sienna Miller, there was Jane Birkin, who had a well-documented affinity for breezy, bohemian tops.

Stevie Nicks

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Whether she was on stage performing with Fleetwood Mac or off, Nicks honed her gypset look in billowy, romantic silhouettes.

Bianca Jagger

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The model (pictured on left in a lace-trimmed top) embodied the free-spirited ‘70s and put an incredibly glamorous spin on bohemia.

Christina Applegate

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One of Applegate’s coolest looks from Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead? This just-off-the-shoulder blouse.

Nicole Richie

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Celebrities like Richie redefined how the boho blouse was worn. While out in Malibu, Richie gave hers luxe appeal, combining earthy wooden beads with gilded accents.

Kate Moss

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Moss has been photographed in countless versions of the boho blouse, but we’ve always loved this sheer, diaphanous top she wore back in 2008.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Huntington-Whiteley demonstrates the cool-girl way to wear the look now: a breezy peasant top with skinny jeans and boots (she’s in Isabel Marant’s top and The Caleen Studded Leather Concealed Wedge Boots ($890) with Anine Bing’s Double Zip Skinny Jeans ($179), by the way).

Alexa Chung

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Chung’s clearly mastered the art of modern boho dressing—casual, never contrived—in an Ulla Johnson Alexa Blouse ($189) with vintage Wrangler cutoffs, a Muji bag, Chanel sandals, and A.P.C. sunglasses (plus, don’t forget her bold red lip!).

Camilla Belle

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Belle elevates the boho blouse, pairing CH Carolina Herrera’s Navy And White Embroidered Blouse ($500, 212.744.2076) with the label’s ladylike Navy Silk Lace Skirt ($615, 212.744.2076), a Jimmy Choo belt, and bright Christian Louboutin shoes.

Isabel Marant S/S 13

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Marant’s lauded S/S 13 collection displayed the designer’s Parisian-chic-meets-retro-Americana sensibilities in the form of the Berit Top ($435), Bazil Jeans ($720), Lucie Sandals ($1115, all available at 323.651.1493).

Sachin + Babi S/S 13

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Sachin + Babi’s collection took on a more ornate feel in the intricate, tie-front Weller Blouse ($308) styled with the Biel Pants ($295).