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White Is Not Just Oxford Anymore

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The era of the classic white Oxford shirt has passed. (Even men rarely wear them these days). Blouses just as fresh can be structured or feminine and fluid brightening an all over appearance. (Click on the product name for more information and to buy).

Long Sleeved Alternatives

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Stretch Cotton Clarissa Top – Rather magisterial. The perfect blouse to compliment a vest or jacket. Eighteenth century inspired. High ruffled collar; detachable bow pin. Tailored silhouette. Button front with hidden placket. Cotton/Polyamide/Spandex. $278.00

Donna Karan Stretch Wrap Shirt – Hugs the midriff you’ve been working on all year. Details make this interesting enough to carry an ensemble. High, double-layered collar, v-neck, pleated shoulders, elasticized, gathered cuffs. Wrap- around ties at waist. Cotton/Nylon/Spandex. $417.00

Vince Keyhole Silk Blouse – For you minimalists out there, this good looking piece falls architecturally from the shoulders. The perfect blank canvas for a piece of jewelry or keep as is and walk on cat feet. Slim, discreet keyhole, easy shape, 100% silk. $235.00

Constructed Drapes and Tucks – Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Blouses

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Delice Cotton Blouse – A terrific looking addition to any wardrobe. Demi-sheer cotton with oversized collar and large, draped lapel for attractive framing. Asymmetric button-down front; ¾ length sleeves. Hand washable. Really, this IS the outfit whether you pair it with jeans or an Oscar de la Renta Skirt. Cotton/Nylon/Elastane. $294.00

Poppy Blouse – This has shorter, rolled sleeves that its sister, wide-notch lapel, beautiful open portrait neck. Fitted bodice emphasizes the waist. Pointed hem detail- casual, but finished. Button down front. The same show-stopping effect to be worn with as simple a bottom piece as possible. Cotton/Nylon/Elastane. $274.00

Short Sleeved and Sleeveless

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Stretch Cotton Clarissa Top – the sleeveless version of the long sleeved blouse above- High ruffled collar; detachable bow pin. Tailored silhouette. Button front with hidden placket. Cotton/Polyamide/Spandex. In 10 other colors as well. $198.00

Michael Kors Draped Marocain Blouse – A wonderful suit blouse creating softness within structure. Wear with a belt to feminize pants. Pretty neckline. Semi-sheer Silk/Acetate blend. Short sleeves, draped front falls nicely around the breast. $318.00

BCBGMAXAZRIA Silk Floral Applique Blouse – Demure, but stylish, girly without fuss. A pretty piece to tuck in. Soft, lightweight, woven silk; gathered crewneck with floral appliqué bib. Petal sleeves. On sale $134.99

Easy Draping

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Lanette Blouson Blouse – A more finished peasant look for longer skirts or to soften pencil pants. Drop earrings will emphasize the ease and flow. Optionally belted. Two tone polka dots created by textural burnout velvet. Feminine blouson shape also hides holiday indulgences. Keyhole neckline. Rayon/Silk. Dress up or down. $297.00

Rachel Zoe “Marie” One Shoulder Top – Perfect for at-home parties whether yours or theirs. Wear with slim pants. Add a necklace to glamorize. Side zip with hook and eye closure. Smooth Silk/Spandex. Soft draping along sleeve side. $250.00

Sestra Moja Meena Double-Layered Top – Very south of the border in feeling. Ava Gardner in “Night of the Iguana?” Lightweight 100% Sheer Cotton Gauze. Pleating around the neckline, batwing sleeves, crocheted lace detail on every layer. Belted through woven holes at hem. Womanly, rather than girlish. Slips on. $171.00

Sleeveless Longlines

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Carven Ruff Collared Blouse- A bit of Pierrot adds interest to this otherwise minimalist silhouette. Pretty poking out of a blazer lapel or sweater. Keyhole back with fastening. 100% Cotton. Tunic length. Hand wash. On sale $158.00

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Fulfillment Blouse – White cotton draped front sleeveless blouse featuring cowl neckline, removable matching waist belt, a side zip and fitted seams to the waist. Cotton/Elastane. Deconstructed style. Think of it as a more fashionable tee-shirt-with a waist! $172.00

Raoul Draped Sleeveless Blouse- Sleek and smart with just a touch of detailing keeping it from the conservative. For those of you with other things on your minds. Small funnel neckline with 4 button shoulder and black piping. 100% silk.

Sleeveless Tuck-ins

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St. John Taffeta-Pleat Blouse – Flirty or, with a suit, indication a powerful executive still knows she’s a woman. A good date blouse. Ruffled bib and sheet taffeta ruffled collar; button front. Rayon. $243.00

Rochas Ruffle Collar Blouse – Truly luxe, for important dinners, Metropolitan Museum committee meetings, private jets. Ladylike. Dreamy. 100% fine silk with the sheerest ruffle at collar and cap sleeves. Crop style. $695.00

Carolina Herrera Sleeveless Fold-Front Blouse- Origami style, this smart looking top indicates taste without the need for excess. White poplin for crispness. Round neckline; button front. Folded detail on the right half. Cotton/Polyester. On sale $241.00

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