I have decided it is not too soon to look at white tops

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Albany top

This is quite feminine, but still so clean-lined.

normandy top

I like the idea of wearing an almost-sleeveless top like this one from Nili Lotan under a blazer to cut down on bulk. (And here is a cheaper option, if you’re interested.)

& other top

Just a sweet, simple, flirty top.

fleur top

I’d wear this tiered top half-tucked (I know some of you are over the half-tuck, but I abide) and layered under a leather jacket.

universal top

I might circle the self-belt on this Universal Standard top around my waist one more time so that it doesn’t hang down quite so far, unless I was in a really dramatic mood.

halogen top

An elegant and well-priced office-appropriate top.

milli top

The pintucks and eyelet work together very nicely here.

 

dakota top

Usually I don’t like a neck this high,but the eyelet keeps everything airy.

socialite shirt

I’m a big fan of the white-on-white stripes here, and the raw hem.

jessica tee

A twist hem is always so flattering, and kind of cool too. Here is a long-sleeved option, and here’s one in extended sizes.

eyelet top

I showed you this eyelet top in red last week, but it looks totally different in the white so I’m giving myself a repeat.

shimmer stripe

This Madewell top has just a touch of shimmer, which is a subtle bit of fun.

off shoulder tee

An off-shoulder top is kind of an evergreen, and so good with your hair piled up and big earrings.

splendid top

Just an easy, classic silhouette. I can see reaching for this endlessly.

crepe tank

This crepe top is another good one for under blazers.

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This popover is so elegant and even a little sexy.

vince top

And another popover, this one nicely streamlined. (Here is a cheaper-and-similar choice.)

habitual top

I really like the asymmetrical neckline here.

silk top

I’ve taken to wearing silk button downs like this one under sweaters instead of cotton ones, and the result is so much less bulky.

wrap top

This wrap top would be aces with high-waisted trousers.

drapey tee

This tee drapes really nicely.

alice top

This blouse looks like a vintage store find, but certain details, like the neckline, are very modern.

Things I bought, things I want: Hints of springtime edition

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I’ve been pretty good about not buying a ton of new stuff lately, but the promise of a changing season has got me motivated again. I just ordered these jeans, which are a good dark grey, and have cute trouser pockets on the rear.

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Whenever I step out in my near-daily uniform of jeans and a button-down, I try to include a bright, vaguely ethnic belt to mix  things up a bit.

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I like the utility pockets on this shirt, and the fact that it’s lightweight enough for a seriously hot day.

AG jeans

These orangey-red jeans are in my shopping cart as I type: I love the idea of bright pants—there’s something kind of Euro about them—and I’d just wear them with a crisp white shirt, like above.

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A cute graphic tee for wearing under a blazer.

vince shorts

I will not give up on the notion of shorts, especially when they’re as well-tailored as this pair from Vince.

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The contrasting stripes on this shirt are subtle and fun, and it’s quite well-priced.

Shopping the discount stores part 5: Neiman Marcus Last Call

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vince top

Unlike most of the discount sites I’ve covered this week, Neiman Marcus Last Call has a lot to offer in a variety of sizes, and they have so much good stuff from Vince, like this pretty blue-on-blue top.

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And this graceful wrap dress, which has excellent dress-it-up/dress-it-down potential.

vince silk top

Just a good basic silk  top.

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I know this shirtdress looks a little sister wife here, but I think that’s just the styling. With the sleeves rolled up and the top buttons unbuttoned, I’ll bet it’s aces.

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It’s tough to find a good button-down in extended sizes, and I like the purplish hue here.

vince cashmere

A navy V-neck cashmere sweater is just a good thing to own.

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This dress
 is really appealing to me, and I’d wear it as styled, with the belt low.

twill jeans

From Ba&sh, a line I discovered in Paris a few years ago: twill jeans in a fun color.

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A cashmere poncho is good for the kind of transitional dressing we’ll be doing soon, and I like that this one is ribbed.

joie silk blouse

This striped silk blouse would be good for the office, but I’d throw it on with jeans too.

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I love a grey suede boot, and this one is just so chic.

loeffler sandal

And finally: this knotted flat sandal looks eminently comfortable, and is as cute as the day is long.

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