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.

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13 Thoughts on I have decided it is not too soon to look at white tops
    c.w.
    5 Apr 2018
    9:23am

    The Madewell (with the shimmer) and the Splendid from Nordstrom will probably be heading in my direction. Love this post because I love a white top!!

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    Nicole
    5 Apr 2018
    10:22am

    Oh yes! What looks fresher in spring than white?

    I am only more recently on the white shirt train, but I also have and love the Anthro Cloth & Stone button downs, which are surprisingly nice and drapey, and wash well.

    Also, speaking of white (and lace, like your last pic), I did impulse purchase a white lacy, kind of vintage store find, white/long sleeve/floaty/anthro/crazy cat lady shirt WHICH I ADORE.

    The issue? It’s not in the least bit lined. What would you wear under it? I did an exhaustive online search but I can’t find a pic. I bought a little black bralette thing to wear under it, which comes down long and I’ve paired it with high rise jeans. I just don’t want it to look too prim. You know? Thoughts?

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      Viajera
      5 Apr 2018
      12:56pm

      Your new top sounds divine. I know you were asking Kim and not me … but it seems to me, you could either get a little cami that matches your skin tone and enjoy messing with people just a little bit.

      Or, you could get them in whatever your favorite color is. I don’t know that there’s a wrong answer. But I could be wrong. ; ) It sounds like a very nice piece.

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        KimFrance
        5 Apr 2018
        1:46pm

        I’m with Viajera.

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        Nicole
        6 Apr 2018
        8:42am

        I’m asking everyone, really! And thank you for this!

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    Kathi
    5 Apr 2018
    11:51am

    I love white shirts and it is never too soon to start looking for them!! I want all of these.

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    tamara
    5 Apr 2018
    1:38pm

    since you’ve sent us down this rabbit hole, i will mention that the madewell shirt is on a very nice sale…and of course i had to have the red as well….

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      Alexa
      5 Apr 2018
      6:04pm

      I bought that same shirt (in white) just last week. I love seeing my shopping choices here. So validating!; )

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    moi
    5 Apr 2018
    5:14pm

    I am the Bubba Gump of white shirts: white button down, white collar-less button down, white silk popover, white cotton voile hippie shirt, white T-shirt, white linen button down, and oh man I NEED that Theory wrap shirt (when will the madness end?)

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      tamara
      6 Apr 2018
      3:10pm

      i hear ya! i’ve got a whole section of the closet devoted to them…and even the hubs knows not to question when another one appears…

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    Emily M.
    5 Apr 2018
    10:53pm

    I love white shirts, and I always need more of them, because they stain so easily.

    I think of a white shirt like a lover who is not too serious. I think, I will enjoy you for as long as you are in my life, and when you are gone, I will try not to be upset.

    Thanks for the post. I would happily have a summer fling with any or all of these shirts.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    8 Apr 2018
    12:08am

    I’m lovin’ the poet blouse looks! They’re boho and feminine at the same time. I’m trying to decide between the Madewell, Vince and Splendid. All good!

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    josiebella
    8 Apr 2018
    11:32pm

    I love a good white shirt but they sure as heck don’t love me! Every white shirt/top I own has some kind of food stain which just can’t be removed……however I do love the look of the Universal Standards shirt in white. I have it in black and I love it. Maybe I should just buy myself some adult bibs to use when I were white…..

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