I've red some definitions of the word "blouse" and not all of them agree. From Wikipedia

A blouse is a loose-fitting upper garment that was formerly worn by workmen, peasants, artists, women and children.1 It is typically gathered at the waist (by a waistband or belt) so that it hangs loosely ("blouses"2) over the wearer's body.1 Today, the word most commonly refers to a woman's shirt[3] but can also refer to a man's shirt if it is a loose-fitting style (e.g. poet shirts and Cossack shirts).[4] Traditionally, the term has been used to refer to a shirt which blouses out or has an unmistakably feminine appearance.

From the Oxford dictionary

a woman’s upper garment resembling a shirt, typically with a collar, buttons, and sleeves. 1) loose linen or cotton garment formerly worn by peasants and manual workers, typically belted at the waist. 2) type of jacket worn as part of military uniform.

It appears to be technically correct to say a blouse can be a man's article of clothing, but is this accepted in common usage? For example would it be considered offensive (or feminine) to describe a loose t-shirt a man is wearing as a blouse? The following picture is of a man wearing a loose t-shirt but I don't think many would consider it a blouse:

http://supersklep.com/i127980-element-t-shirt-man-machine-sea (image upload not working)

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    Definately not a blouse. That's a t-shirt and nothing else. Unless you are speaking from a specific context in which it is usual to call the thing a man wears a blouse (and I don't know of any) don't ever call it a blouse if it's a piece of guys clothing. – Jim Oct 28 '13 at 6:08
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    It is certainly used in French to mean a man's short jacked e.g. 'blouson d'aviateur'. Young men of the 1950s sub-culture in France, a bit like the British 'Teddy Boys', were known as 'les blousons noirs', from the black jackets they wore. – WS2 Oct 28 '13 at 6:24
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    A t-shirt is never a blouse, because the following is essential: "with a collar, buttons, and sleeves". – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Oct 28 '13 at 12:08
  • @Cerberus the definition says "typically with" so not necessarily... – Celeritas Oct 28 '13 at 15:32
  • Celeritas - That "typically with" is to allow for a blouse like this one, which is sleeveless and without buttons. But @Cerberus is exactly right when he points out that a t-shirt is never a blouse, because the "typically with" part is essential. A t-shirt is a t-shirt and not a blouse. – J.R. Oct 28 '13 at 21:09

In the US, blouse is regularly used to refer to women's shirts. It is never used to refer to men's civilian clothing. It is sometimes used for men's military uniform shirts, but not T-shirts.

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    Blouse may also be used technically for some non-military uniforms as well. But probably only in the garment business, not among the people wearing them. – GEdgar Oct 28 '13 at 13:06
  • @GEdgar - Spot on. I never donned a blouse for work – no matter what the lady at the dry cleaners wrote on the slip. – J.R. Oct 28 '13 at 21:06
  • @J.R.: No matter what kind of flowers and pink patterns were on it...but, yeah, shops use the darnedest words. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Oct 28 '13 at 21:17
  • Not to mention the buttons being on the wrong side... – polarysekt Oct 5 '14 at 8:17
  • @polarysekt Too bad for us left-handers. – bib Oct 5 '14 at 14:05

When I was in the military from 1965 to 1972 during the Vietnam war most of the services called the jacket, not shirt of our military uniform as a blouse in confirming the latter part of the definition.

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