I can’t be the only one who’s dressing from the shoulders up a lot more often. What does that mean? I’ve been relying on tops that are a little bit dressier, which makes the inevitable easy pants that I slip into also feel more dressed. Lately, I’ve been drawn to feminine tops with interesting details, like a puff sleeve or lace accents.
Yes, I’ve been wearing a lot of white tops. They go with my white and ecru jeans, they’re classic, I always feel good in them. Lace is undeniably feminine without seeming too childish, and this Malia lace blouse is elegant and grown-up. Sanctuary’s eyelet blouse masters this balance, too.
COS’s puff sleeve blouse isn’t for everyone, but if you want to dress as fabulously and avant-garde as Tilda Swinton, it’s a great place to start. Topshop’s tie-neck blouse also firmly falls under this category, with it’s billowing sleeves. Everlane’s puff-sleeve is a little more accessible. I haven’t been tucking anything into my high-waisted jeans lately, but this top might make me start again. You can always count on Alex Mill to have thoughtful, elevated basics, and their linen Reagan top doesn’t disappoint. I love the playful ruffle around the sleeve and the sweet tie.
But there are plenty of colorful options I’ve been digging, too. This floral and paisley peasant blouse is perfect for any maximalists. This high-necked, ruffled pastel pink number is as romantic as you can get. I would wear with crisp white denim and sneakers, but you could also lean into the vibe with a midi skirt and ballet flats. This tangerine colored dream with white embroidery is a little more bohemian, but perfect for late summer. Club Monaco’s lavender colored seersucker top works just as well now as it will in fall.
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