Monday, June 30, 2008

Easy Dressing: Beaded Necklace Blouses

3.1 Philip Lim Beaded Necklace Blouse, $375 at

Dressing lately has become a complicated task, replete with item-specific accessories and complex layering fit for a Japanese kimono. Necklace blouses, however, resolve that issue quite easily, combining the necessary accessory (necklace) with a easy-to-wear piece (the blouse). Add a skirt or a pair of pants in a similar hue and you're set to go.

1. Banana Republic Monogram Silk Beaded Top, $125: Lovely on its own or with a suit jacket.

2. Banana Republic Puff-Sleeve Origami Top, $79: While this top doesn't have beading, the cut-outs resemble it. The puff sleeves are adorable, yet sophisticated.

3. Oscar de la Renta Crochet Embellished Top, on sale for $1,732 (down from $2,310) at Not for the faint of heart, or the faint of income:

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