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The Return of The Essential Blouse

Written by Jessica Comingore Photography by Justin Donais

Looking back a few years towards the end of 2014, you may remember a collaboration I did with Los Angeles fashion designer, Jill Aiko Yee. But for anyone new to the space, I’ll happily share a bit of the backstory. Together Jill and I created The Essential Blouse — a limited edition staple designed for the everywoman’s closet. The blouses sold out quickly, and this year we decided to add the piece to Jill’s permanent collection, available for anyone, at any time. With the message just as relevant as it was two years ago (perhaps even more so!), we’ve updated the blouse to be a collaboration between The Elysian Edit and Jill Aiko Yee. While our emphasis here is in living simply, we’re firm believers that editing down is just as relevant when it comes to your closet, too.

We’ve made a few updates to the blouse since our first run, including the quality and weight of the fabric, now boasting a rich, satin interior that feels wonderful on the skin. The silhouette and construction remains the same, with an elegant scoop back, and raw edge silk hems that only get better over time. The fabric is still pre-washed, and drapes beautifully on the body, making it the perfect day-to-night piece. I live in mine, and usually dress it up with some flowy trousers like the one’s shown here, or tuck it into a pair of casual jeans for a weekend out and about.

Starting today, you can head on over to Jill Aiko Yee to purchase your own Essential Blouse, which we’re hoping will find a permanent home in your closet as well. As always, thank you for your support! Collaborations like these wouldn’t be possible without a kind and encouraging audience to share them with.

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