Open windows, chirping birds, fresh foliage on the trees — ah, the harbingers of spring. On the fashion front, the start of the season is best signaled donning a crisp white linen shirt, and since Easter came early this year, even the most old school style sticklers can't deny the lure of pretty, feminine white blouses.
A far cry from that tacky print t-shirt your bumbling date wore on prom night, this tuxedo-inspired cami ($15, was $44.50) is nothing if not a fashionable layering piece. Beneath a suit jacket, it's slightly dramatic with its architectural straight-across neckline and formal feel. But with a long, flowy skirt, the hip-level tie detail and so-thin spaghetti straps give this top a slightly boho vibe.
A versatile spin on the classic white blouse, this sashed tunic ($33, was $44.50) is a true figure flatterer. Hide that last bit of post-hibernation tummy bulge, downplay a larger bust, or show off all the shoulder sculpting you've been doing at the gym. With a you-control-it tie and handy front pockets, there's almost no figure flaw this top can't tackle.
Go for ethereal hippie chic with this short-sleeved tie-front top ($33, was $44.50). You could find a similarly crisp and ladylike top on the pages of fashion magazines from the '60s onwards, and that's not an indication of a recycled trend. This pretty blouse with a dainty bow closure is a classic that's here to stay and something you should certainly have at least one of in your closet.
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