Fashion Search for the Illusive Perfect White Cotton Blouse
Posted on 08 November 2014
I'm a white blouse person. I completely understand Fashion Designer Carolina Herrera's obsession with them - my daughter won't let me buy any more (when she is with me). So.. I'm confused, because once again. I have had yet another frustrating shopping experience.
I was searching for a white cotton, button down collared blouse that would be long enough to wear with leggings. Here is my main question - if leggings and jeggings and tight fitting pants are so IN, why don't they make tops that don't look like giant SACKS to wear with them? Anyway.. I needed a nice white shirt because I was having an artist's design screen-printed on it so I didn't want any lycra - just 100% cotton. I also didn't want a mandarin collar or for it to be baggy or shapeless, pleated or ruched. Just high quality, long staple cotton, fitted and elegant. I didn't want to use my favorite Brunello Cucinelli white blouse- (perfect length, fitted with french cuffs), because it is one that I wear with everything. ( I, of course, purchased mine, new, but at a resale shop, so this originally $700 shirt cost me $50). But I digress.., in terms of my shopping expedition, I thought I was looking for a "staple" that would be no problem to find. Wrong.
Don't get me wrong, if I wanted a silk blouse, and if money was no object, I would buy this $800 Jabot blouse from Chloe!
This one from Chanel is $7000. Hmmm..
If I didn't mind a lycra blend, this Kaylynn Tunic Solid White on the left or the Matthew tunic on the right, from Finley would have been ideal.
This one, by Theory, was close, but I didn't want the side slit to be quite so obvious since it wasn't really as long as I wanted it to be. It was sold out everywhere so I wasn't able to buy it even if I'd wanted to do so.
This one, by Vince, ($195) is a great length, and is a good quality shirt, but it just seemed to lack something.
This Donna Karan shirt was a beautiful cotton and nice length but $795 was out of my price range. It was also a little to baggy for me.
This Stella Carakasi Uptown Downtown Tunic Shirt from Sierra Trading post was on clearance for $29.99 from $110.00 and I liked the assymetrical front, it reminded me of one that Helmut Lang did once, but the back worried me - I'm not sure I want anything to accentuate that area!
This 100% cotton "Endless" shirt from JCrew was perfect but every place in my town was out of my size and I didn't have time to order one online. For $88, it's a great option in the future. Maybe the fashion world should take note: If this shirt keeps selling out, maybe we need more like it!
Ultimately, I bought a small, fitted men's shirt that will have to do for this project. But my search for the perfect white cotton shirt continues!