I haven't been able to get this blouse out of my head since Kari posted it, and then of course Angie listed it in a top picks post. It is beautiful, but I do have a couple concerns.
First off, I don't think I can wear this with pants, right? With these jeans the top sits right above the waistband. If not, then the pencil in #2/3 is the only thing in my closet that I can wear it with. While I love how it looks with the skirt, I'm worried this would be too limiting for me; I do have an open wardrobe hole for blouses, but this one was rather pricey and NAS is coming up. It could fill a hole for "actual dressy top" for an actual dressy occasion, but I have none coming up that I know of.
Secondly, the pleating in front is pulling at the bust which I tried to show in the right side of #3. If you zoom in on the Nordie's photo you can see that the pleats are supposed to lie flat. I feel like this takes away from the architectural integrity of the blouse, but sizing up would make the blouse ridiculously large.
Would love to hear your thoughts regarding my two concerns, versatility for the price and whether the pleats pulling is problematic.