A good old-fashioned poodle skirt really fans out once you get twisting and twirling. This ain't no mini skirt, and since you're rocking all that fabric down below you need to pick the right blouse to go with it. Whether you decide to keep it traditional or mix things up for an updated take, keep balance and proportion in mind when deciding what blouse to wear with a poodle skirt.
Back in the '50s when poodle skirts were all the rage, they were commonly paired with feminine fitted blouses tucked into the skirt. As far as sleeve length, try to keep it short. Since poodle skirts are fuller, wearing long sleeves is just too much fabric. Go for a button-up blouse with cuffed, puffed or straight sleeves and a soft, Peter Pan-style collar. Button-ups aren't your thing? No problem. Instead, try a fitted short sleeve cotton tee or turtleneck. If you're living in cooler temps, try a dainty sweater set.
Who says you have to stick to tradition? If you're worried about looking like an extra in a retro movie, update your look with a more mod top. Get dangerous in a rock band t-shirt, or don a blouse with harder-edged accents like zippers or studs to counteract the preciousness of the poodle down below. Expose that cute little puppy to some serious sex appeal by pairing a poodle skirt with a low-cut satin blouse or a top with glitzy sequins.
You can't go wrong with neutral colors up top when you're wearing a poodle skirt. White is a safe and time-tested choice, especially if your skirt is a darker color. Blacks and grays also work well -- generally, neutrals won't compete so much for attention, keeping the focus on that full swinging skirt. That doesn't mean you have to shy away from color, though. Poodle skirts are fun, whimsical pieces, so don't be afraid to get bold and bring out the colors in your skirt in your blouse.
Pay attention to balance when picking a blouse to go with a poodle skirt. Remember that generally, if you're sporting a fuller look on the bottom, you need to keep your top tighter. Since poodle skirts are so fantastically full, make sure your top is fitted and cinched at the waist. Tuck that sucker in or wear a belt if you have to, just make sure your upper half has some definition and a neat waistline. If your top is too big and loose, you're just going to end up looking dumpy and swimming in fabric.