White silk blouse or cotton shirt - equally universal things that, on the one hand, can transform the everyday image, and on the other hand, reduce the degree of seriousness, say, of an evening dress with thin straps. We will tell you what options to pay attention to this winter - especially since many of them are now on sale.
Text: Anya Krotikova
COS is a treasure trove of tailored trousers and blouses that don't look too formal. The brand also has more avant-garde variations on the classic theme: an architectural blouse in the spirit of Renaissance dresses is suitable for multi-layered looks. Try it on with a thin turtleneck, a thick wool sundress or a neon long sleeve.
This season, designers are playing with might and main with volume: they add puffy puffs to the shoulders of blouses and widen the hem. The Uterqüe model is a great example of this: the flared hem balances out the tailored collar and slim button-down sleeves. Quote the 70s and boldly wear this blouse with flared jeans, suede accessories and a corduroy vest.
At first glance, the Monki white cotton shirt seems to be an absolute classic, in fact, it is distinguished by a shortened and very loose hem - you can casually tighten it into a knot at the waist or even wear a thing wide open with a T-shirt or crop top.
A blouse without unnecessary details, as if written off from a chef's tunic, does not look like a uniform due to a wide bow around the neck. If white shirts always frightened you with their “officialdom” and reminded you of school, it's time to take a closer look at this laconic model.
Extra wide sleeves with narrow cuffs are another notable trend this spring. The V-neck is designed for layering pendants: the newly popular chokers (now with pearls) and shell necklaces (hello Anapa 1995!). Another strong selling point is the 70 percent discount.
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC
The Calvin Klein 205W39NYC blouse with a deep cut and two wide ribbons on the sides costs a lot, but it has every chance to justify the money invested. This is a transformer thing: the side panels can be tied like a kimono belt or a fluffy bow, or they can be pulled around the chest, fastening around the neck in the manner of a high-necked top.
The older brother of H&M and Monki, Arket is also playing on the field of boring classics: laconic cuts, soft lines and pure colors. A loose blouse with long ribbons around the neck can replace a T-shirt - it's cool for a short sleeve now, even indoors. The bow can be tied not only in the classical way, but also with a pigtail or from the back; on the front, you can attach a brooch or a pair of badges.
The Swedish mass market is best at doing simple things for every day. If they come out in the Conscious line, like this blouse, it's even better: everything in the collection is made from organic cotton, which means there is a hope that less harm was done to the environment during its production.
Palmer / Harding
The asymmetrical hem and lengthened back of the Palmer / Harding blouse will appeal to those who love white things and know how to wear them with dignity (or simply are not afraid of dry cleaners). Such a model will also look good as outerwear: in the summer it will save you from the evening coolness, in the winter it will replace an oversized jacket.
It is best to look for translucent blouses made of fine silk or viscose in vintage stores: in the 60s, 70s and 80s there were a maximum of such things with interesting finishes, and to this day they survive intact. Finding something similar in the mass market is also not a problem - a loose blouse with puffy sleeves can be found in the same Topshop.
Photos: Uterque, Zara, Monki, Mango, COS, Net-A-Porter, H&M, Arket, Matchesfashion, Topshop