I think it’s fair to say that nobody follows the no-white-before-Memorial-Day rule much anymore. However, I did find myself, on Memorial Day, thinking of white tops that can take me through summer and beyond, so I thought I would share them with you. First up: a pretty straightforward white button-down with appealing three-quarter (or are they bracelet?) sleeves.
A cool gauze collarless top for throwing on with jeans or chinos.
Once I did a post on short-sleeved button-downs in which I said I liked them because they’re cooler than their long-sleeved counterparts. A few of you commented that I should simply roll up my sleeves for the same effect, but I am here to tell you that it’s not the same; short sleeves are much cooler. I like the boxy fit on this one from Madewell.
A really nicely streamlined peasant top with a nice deep-ish neckline.
This gathered-neck top is similar to the one above, but with slightly more going on.
Here’s the priciest piece of the day, but the eyelet is so great, and I think it’s a top that would get reached for frequently.
A flap pocket popover from J. Crew that looks like it could be all business or lots of fun depending on your mood.
The details here are just really good.
This boxy button-down looks like it’s from a fancy Japanese designer, but it’s actually from Everlane and goes for well under $100.
A gauze button down for beachy days.
I love the cool bib on this pintuck peasant top.
A smocked gauze top that’s feminine without being prissy.
This has an ever so slightly blue caste to it, but I’m including it because I love the idea of a white(ish) denim shirt.
And finally: this gauze popover looks a whole lot like this Xirena top, but it costs about half as much.
Would love to find something like a double gauze button down that was just a bit off-white. That’s the only way my pasty redhead skin could pull this off. But oh I do love the idea of a nice white shirt for summer!
Nooooooooo ! I need a white top intervention as it is and now this. Love a ton of them especially the Everlane one and the Rails ones are also so good. Luckily I have a lot of the styles you posted which made me feel fashionable even though I want more.
The Madewell short sleeve is very cool and it’s not poplin (in which I look like I am wearing wet tissue.) I wish I could retain white shirts for more than a few wearings. Inevitably, red sauce is spilled, dog or cat barfs or ramen sauce flies. And yes, I’ve tried Oxi and the Tide pen.
Same! I somehow always find myself wearing white when I’m eating red sauce or drinking red wine. Much the same as when I decide to use bleach while wearing something colorful. What the hell is wrong with me?????
Right there with you. So. Many. Stains. This is why we can’t have nice things. Or at least white things.
Off the topic but a while back you strongly recommended a hair conditioner. Can you remind me of the name? Thanks!
It’s this stuff, Lisa. https://rstyle.me/+DDv6iCm2JRYuJxp_RyeV2A
Thanks lots! I need that. Emergency frizz situation.
That J Crew Xirena popover dupe has been in my cart for SO long because cheapo/thrifty/undecided me hadn’t been able to hit”buy”! I should just do it, because if I wait for a sale, it’s going to be gone.
I just got that boxy Everlane top, but in black. Should be pretty useful.
Don’t forget the great and reasonably priced linen short-sleeve tops from Quince. Lots of choices in the $40 range and linen is so cool, as in temperature, on hot, muggy summer days.
That’s the Madewell shirt I mentioned in a comment on this blog last week… I really want it — that very light bleached shade of blue is perfect and the form too. But my size sold out just as I was about to check out, gah.
That photo of the light blue shirt gave me kind of a flashback (not an unpleasant one). I had totally forgotten that I had ever worn such a denim shirt, until I saw it. Whoa. Hmm. I wonder if I still have it? Oh dear.