Monday’s Must-Have: The White Blouse

1 Mar

Robert Rodriguez Blouse, Zappos.com, $125

Every professional woman (no, make that every woman) needs a few white blouses in her arsenal.  One of these blouses must be simple and versatile (yes, your traditional button-down in a nice, quality material will do) – it can be worn with a power suit or (depending on the material) can be dressed down with a pair of jeans, funky jewelry and heels.  While not necessarily the most exciting piece in your wardrobe (in fact, shopping for the most classic white blouse can be pretty boooring), it is an office essential and will likely become one of the most-worn pieces you own. 

When you’re having one of those I-don’t-have-a-clue-what-to-wear moments, a classic white blouse might be just what you need.  A chic look is wearing a simple white blouse under a v-neck sweater with a thin belt.  You can also add a wide belt and pencil skirt (just not too tight, working ladies) with high heels and there you have it…ooh, la, la.  Also, you may want to pair your blouse of choice with black slacks and a red pump for pop.   Soooo maaaany options…and we love options!

In addition to your simple, classic white blouse, you may also want to get a more statement-making one.  There are plenty of ultra-feminine white blouses out there right now.  For your viewing pleasure, here are a few girly-girl ones that caught our attention (and we just love, love, love the Rodriguez blouse above, but could probably never manage to get that tie like the one in the picture ever):

First, the wraps which are so flattering for most any shape.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren's Faux Wrap Blouse w/ ruffles and sash, Bloomingdale's, $79.50

Diane von Furstenburg Batiste 'Rasmula' Wrap, Bloomingdale's, $210

 Then, a ruched option with a simple ruffle.

Natorius Novelty Shirt, Bloomingdales, was $275, now $137.50

 And, last but not least, a bow-adorned beauty…Although we couldn’t find a large picture of the blouse below which is so uniquely adorned in bows, we had to post it anyway because it is such a gem.  Dying to go to Neiman Marcus to see it in person!

This one is adorned with the most interesting bows (click image to check out a larger pic at Neiman Marcus). Go Silk Bow Blouse, Neiman Marcus, $150

For the more budget-conscious, check out this Ann Taylor Loft ruched and ruffled option for $39.50 or this Empirio Armani bowtie blouse on sale for $39.00 (but hurry and get it because, in our experience, supplies in the right size(s) of cute white blouses do not last). 

If you don’t have a fundamental crisp, white blouse (or two), stock up, stock up before Spring arrives!

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3 Responses to “Monday’s Must-Have: The White Blouse”

  1. J March 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    This blog makes me realize how outdated my closet is. I’m going on a shopping spree after graduation. Do you do any personal shopping? 🙂 I’m so glad I can refer back to all of these great lust haves. Keep it coming COC!

  2. Terri March 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    I was just thinking that I needed to replace my white shirts. The ones with stretch (like the ones from BR) don’t really last so long.

  3. JD Chic March 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    I think all this blogging about career fashion is going to result in me going on a shopping spree too, J! Sad thing is the more a shopaholic (that would be me) buys, the more she wants. 😦

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