Crisp White Blouses
In order to reach optimal results when you practice seasonal trends, it is beneficial to periodically assess the fundamental pieces in your wardrobe-like the crisp white blouse. Obviously, this closet staple will never go out of style, but it is experiencing a heightened popularity as of late, which greatly pleases us. Several highly-respected designers (like Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre, and Proenza Schouler, to name a few) showed variations of such starkly chic tops in their fall collections and celebrities are cementing their status by wearing them to various events. As such, it is an opportune time to stock up, dear readers!
Even though the concept of a crisp white top is very simple, you can showcase a huge assortment of styles through different designs (ruffles are romantic, origami pleats are futuristic, and so forth). The range of motifs, plus their naturally achromatic state, makes it possible to wear them with an array of different outfits. In particular, we like the effortlessly professional look Ashley Olsen achieved at a signing for her book, Influence, last week, where she wore a double-pocket Chloe blouse untucked over The Row's Motorcycle Pants ($1700) and a pair of gray suede YSL's Tribute Two Pumps ($795). WWW newcomer, Zoe Saldana, also accomplished a chic ensemble by tucking her puffed shoulder button-down into a navy pencil skirt for Malo's Spring 09 Fashion Show.
Other ladies whose take on the trend is praiseworthy includes one of our fashion-forward favorites-Victoria Traina-and the style entrepreneur who won us over on The Rachel Zoe Project-Rachel Zoe-herself. Traina chose a fantastic Gibson Girlesque Givenchy blouse that she tucked into a pair of equally amazing leather harem Balmain pants for Chanel's Contemporary Art Container Event in Central Park last month. Zoe, who is known for her crisp white blouses, wore a flowy and romantic Stella McCartney top to Donna Karan's Fall 08 show in New York earlier this year. She attained a very fresh ensemble by pairing the statement bowtie blouse with a black ruffled Stella McCartney vest and JBrand jeans.
As we always want the very best for our readers, we narrowed down a diverse selection of high-quality white blouses for you to snatch up¬-budget-friendly options included! If you admire the dramatic tops worn by Rachel Zoe and Victoria Traina, we scouted a few great choices for you to peruse. Zoe fans might like the voluminous look of Proenza Schouler's Balloon Sleeve Blouse ($650), Juicy Couture's Puff-Sleeve Bow Blouse ($178), Charlotte Russe's Bow Tie Shirt ($20), or a Simply Vera Vera Wang Poplin Blouse ($22). For a top similar to Traina's, we like Vivienne Westwood's Anglomania Ruffle Blouse ($270) or Priorities' Daisy Ruffle Trim Blouse ($64). You may prefer a more simplified version of the trend, in which case, we suggest you try the like-minded alternatives we found for Zoe Saldana and Ashley Olsen: a Paul & Joe Sister Button Up ($158) for Saldana and the Olsen-reminscent Diane Von Furstenburg Keili Cotton Blouse ($210) and The Row Peter Shirt ($440).-Jessica Amento