Signature Blouse

April marked the expiration of my license, and while waiting in government buildings is rarely a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, I approached the task of getting it renewed with enthusiasm; I was excited about the photo.

When I look at my last two ID photos, the clothes I wore in them just feel like who I was at the time. A snippet of what was important, and how I identified my style. I deliberated for a while over what I should choose this time, and finally landed on the perfect blouse that would represent my identity for the next six years. Due to security issues, licenses are no longer issued the same day, but mailed. When my new license arrived I was crestfallen, while I look okay in the photo, you can see no sliver of my neck or shoulders, not even the tiniest glimpse of the carefully thought out blouse. But here it is, a blue and white silk floral blouse by Joie, purchased at Coco's on the Green, the piece I chose that feels important to my style identity right now.

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The Rundown
Silk Floral Blouse Joie via Coco's similar
Trench Coat London Fog thrifted similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Red Bow Pumps Ferragamo via eBay
Scalloped Tote Matine
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Necklace "Greer V" Gorjana similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx



  1. I have to get my license renewed this year and I always try to think about what to wear (and the colored background) too! We use our licenses for so much I want it to look decent. Too bad your blouse didn't show in the photos. It's gorgeous! I love it with the red shoes. I think you've inspired my casual Friday outfit this week!

  2. Love that blouse! Such a shame that it's not really in the photo. But you'll know it's there! I'm boring and I just wear plain tshirts, haha.

  3. It's too bad that it didn't make it into the photo as it really is stunning and just so light feeling. I got my license renewed recently and wound up just sticking with the current photo and not asking them to retake it because I just felt so "blah" that day.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  4. This blouse is truly beautiful!! I love that you styled it with a trench for a gorgeous spring look!

    xx, Elise

  5. I can see why you wanted to showcase this blouse---the colors are so vibrant and lovely!!
    I remember when I took my latest photos--I had to remover my glasses and everything....

  6. Ok so it wasn't just me that thought the photos look too zoomed in! They really did just capture only the face! That blouse is gorgeous and it would have been fun to see a glimpse of it just so you can reminisce about who you are at that point of your life.

  7. Super cute top and I love your trench coat!!

  8. I love CoCo’s and that blouse looks so nice on you. Shame on CT DMV!

  9. Gorgeous blouse! Love the blue and white!

  10. Love this outfit! FYI- if you go to AAA they can do 99% of the same stuff the dmv can! I haven’t been inside a dmv in years! Even if you’re not a member you can go, there’s just a small extra charge.

  11. Nice and Perfect looking outfit..

  12. Love this blouse, so pretty!!
    Mónica Sors

  13. This cracked me up because I did the SAME thing when I had to get a new license this year. I was like what is the PERFECT outfit that will last of year and blah, blah, blah and then I get my license in the mail and literally there is ZERO of my outfit in the photo!!

    The Adored Life

  14. bummer your blouse didn't show because this is such a cute and classic look.


  15. That is such a beautiful blouse, I really like the trench coat as an extra layer with it, and the fun pop of red from your flats :)

    I deliberated with what to wear for my license too, and found the same as you - you can't even see what I was wearing, so I worried over nothing! I'm sure if I hadn't thought about it you'd be able to see my clothing choice in the photo though, that's the way life usually works, ha!

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far :) We have got some autumn weather here at last so I'm excited I've gotten to layer up a little!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  16. My experience getting my Manitoba license was very similar. In BC, licenses renew every five years, and I just got a new picture last year. After five years with a photo I hated, my new license actually looked pretty good. But when we moved, I was forced to replace it... less than a year later. When my new photo came in the mail, I was hopeful but ultimately disappointed, because it seems to bear so little resemblance to the person I think of myself as being. And I will be stuck with it for the next five years. But at least you got to capture this blouse with the lovely spring blooms, they really are a perfect match!

  17. Nice and elegant outfit!

  18. This floral blouse is beautiful! I love the pop of red for your shoes!

  19. aww too bad about the photo. Love your bag though 😊

  20. That is a gorgeous blouse, what a bummer that it didn't show up in the photo! I also had to get my license renewed last month and I'll be curious to see if I have that issue as well (mine hasn't come in the mail yet). I love this look and have similar pieces--I think I'm going to have to recreate it!

  21. I love that you think of your past licenses as style time capsules!! So creative! And I love the outfit you have on :) Super cute shirt with awesome shoes to match!

  22. I feel like they've started taking license pictures in EXTREME close-up mode! I could totally see my top in my first few licenses, but my latest one is all face, lol.

    I do love this blouse, though- such a pretty piece!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  23. Even though the top did not appear in the picture I think that you went there with the right attitude ! My licence picture is hideous but my Id one i can live with !

  24. Love the blouse! Last time i got my license renewed, i was hoping they would keep my old picture but they didn’t. I had put no thought into my appearance but fortunately it came out good. LOL!

  25. Getting a new license is a pain, love all the accessories with the blouse, looks great!

  26. Getting a new license is not fun. I dread it. I do love your outfit and the pop of red shoes is a perfect way to style this look!

  27. so pretty! and the red shoes deff adds more to the look

  28. That's such a chic classic look with the trench coat dear! Love the pop of color from your shoes too.

    Jessica |

  29. I love this classic outfit! You have such a great style.

  30. The blouse is so nice! I am also loving your red flats!