Sunday, March 16, 2008

Variations on the White Blouse

Carolina Herrera swears by it. Fashion editors never tire of praising it. The white blouse is one must-have for every woman's wardrobe, but while the standard white-collared, crisp cotton white shirt gets the job done--and admirably so--, we women tire of the generic. Here are four versions that will spice up your wardrobe (the first three are available at; the last one is available at

1. Fendi's Runway Origami Blouse: This beauty doubles as a jacket and cries out to be worn with a belt. It also touches upon a major spring trend without looking dated years later. $995.

2. Mayle's Rocio Silk Top: I adore the sailor-girl influence, but this beauty can be worn underneath a work-appropriate jacket or on its own on the weekend. The nipped-in waist and longer length are also flattering to many. $425.

3. Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti's Printed Paillette Cami: Perfect for a night on the town or under a crisp black jacket. $365 for all the days of the year that you'll want to don this beauty.

4. Catherine Malandrino's Ruffle Poplin Blouse: A more feminine version of the classic we love, this top is perfect with a floral skirt. $245.

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