It's easy to overlook the quiet charms of a penny-plain white shirt. Sober, sophisticated, it's the ideal distillation of the grown-up mood at the heart of this season's style - and the perfect antidote to summer's pom-pom-festooned, look-at-me beachwear. That doesn't mean it has to feel unimaginative. Seek out couture-like silhouettes (a tonic for workaday cotton) and pair with long, lean tailoring. Cue your easy, breezy summer wardrobe solution - and six ways to wear it now.
As far as "wardrobe staples" go, the white blouse feels incredibly familiar: Most people have one hanging in their closets, though it’s not always (okay, really, ever) the most exciting thing in there. It feels too plain or stuffy to be worn on its own, so you start packing on the accessories and the sweaters to embellish, pretty much until the shirt is out of sight. But the white blouse isn't simply a handy layering piece—it's one of the most underrated garments in your wardrobe. And this season, brands are giving shoppers more and more reasons to treat it like a statement piece: button-downs with ruffles and cutouts, elegant tops fashioned out of mixed fabrics, and other new riffs on a well-known category of clothing make it feel brand-new. You definitely don’t want to hide these under a sensible knit. Check out 23 revamped versions of the familiar white blouse that are anything but boring.
The statement white blouse is the it-item to wear (and selfie). Some girls go for cropped versions, some embrace lace, others keep it simple and streamlined in bold-shouldered poplin. See how to wear it—and shop the chicest options now.
Wrap It Up
Wrap detail at the waist makes this statement top endlessly flattering.
The Modern Corset
Skip the frilly skirt and pair this corset top with distressed denim for a lesson in contrast.
Askew buttons and a puff sleeve mean this top has a lot going on with ease and elegance, paired with a cute skirt or shorts.
A short sleeve and cinched waist bring the look into warm weather—wear it with denim cut-offs and leather slides.
So, what's your favorite white blouse for 2018? Tell me in the comments below.