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Camisoles Beneath Blouses: White or “Nude”?

seamless camisolesWhich are the best camisoles to layer beneath blouses? Is a seamless camisole important, or a nude-for-you camisole? Or is a white camisole the best thing under a white blouse? Reader S has a question, and I thought it might be a fun topic because I’ve said before: I am a fan of plain, non-lacy white or black camisoles (with a nude-for-you bra) beneath sheer blouses, rather than “nude” camisoles. They make it clear to the non-fashion people you work with that it’s safe to look at your blouse — a solid camisole avoids that weird Barbie look of “it’s sheer and I think I see skin but there’s no bra or nipple and I’m so confused…” I also think it streamlines things in your closet, because if you need a camisole to raise the neckline of a dress, you’d want a white or black one anyway. But maybe I’m in the minority. Here’s S’s question:

I recently got several lovely silk button up blouses. I love the feel and look, and the step-up in fabric. However, they are kind of sheer. I have been searching high and low, and can’t find a good nude camisole that doesn’t show all the straps and seams and edges under the silk, making it look cheap and not well put together. Not the look I’m going for. Why can’t they make the camisole equivalent of these panties?

nude camisolesIn addition, most of the “nude” camisoles I have found look like they’re nude on a banana cream pie, but not on me. like this one (pictured at right).

I’ll weigh in with a few answers for S, but I’m curious to hear what readers say about this whole issue. [Read more…]

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Big Boss Polka Dot Blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.  Today’s guest post is from Capitol Hill Style.

Nanette Lepore Big Boss Polka Dot BlouseI love end-of-season sales, so I was thrilled to find this delicate, Swiss-dot blouse from Nanette Lepore ($149, Nanette Lepore Big Boss Polka Dot Blouse) on the Bergdorf’s sale site.

For the remainder of August, I’ll wear it with a navy pencil skirt, a coral necklace and flesh-toned pumps. And when the weather turns chilly, I’ll wear it under v-neck cardigans to add a bit of texture at the neckline.

Be advised, Nanette does run a bit small. I typically wear a size 4, but I bought the six and splurged on $25 in tailoring to make sure the fit was just right.

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Long Sleeve Plunge Tie Collar Blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Rachel Zoe Long Sleeve Plunge Tie Collar BlouseThis plunge tie collar blouse caught my eye last week when we featured the Rachel Zoe suit — I think it’s particularly interesting to compare this one (which to me has a 70s vibe) with others we’ve seen recently, like the one from Asos or the BR Mad Men collection. To me, it’s all in the sleeves — love the overly long, almost pooling effect of the sleeves, as well as the sharp V in front. This blouse is $295 at Bloomingdale’s (available in both ecru, pictured, and black.) Rachel Zoe Long Sleeve Plunge Tie Collar Blouse

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The Hunt: White Ruffled Blouses

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Maybe it’s just me, but the ruffled white blouse is everywhere this season. Yes, yes, there are lots of pirate/Labyrinth jokes to be made, but this is something that you will be seeing a ton of this summer and probably on into winter. So I thought we’d round up some of the best out there, in a range of prices. First, let’s check out some of the higher-end things for inspiration: [Read more…]

How to Keep White Blouses White

How to Keep Your White Blouses White2016 Update: check out our newer post on how to keep whites white!

How DO you keep your white blouses and tees white? Reader L wonders, and as summer’s heat is upon us I think now is a great time to discuss this…

Currently, I’m living in hot and sunny south Florida. Not to be overly gross, but my whites just do not stay as white as they should simply because of all the sweating that I do here! I know that I could go see a dermatologist or I can try a new deodorant, but that’s not my question/issue. My question is: other than bleach, what do you do to keep your whites fresh and white? It’s my opinion that Florida living prevents white clothing from ever looking totally clean, and that’s a total damper on a DC girl who lives an ill-fitting black/gray/blue suit and a white button-up. What do you do?

We actually have talked about the best deodorants for the working woman — but as you note, this is a different question. (Pictured:  Stretch Poplin Blouse, on sale at Saks as part of their new designer markdowns (up to 40%!) – was $395, now $237.) The tips that I know of for keeping whites white: [Read more…]

Wednesday’s TPS Report: PORTS 1961 Short sleeve shirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

PORTS 1961 Short sleeve shirtOk: this shirt does not look like much on the mannequin. In fact, it kind of looks like a boring, frumpy, shapeless blouse. But I think if you look closer it’s that rare basic, an ivory silk blouse, that has some gorgeous detailing on the neckline, sleeves (appropriate for all offices!), and would look stunning tucked into a pair of trousers, a pencil skirt, or worn beneath a suit. It’s marked from $180 to $128 at Yoox.com (sizes 0-12 still available as of this AM). PORTS 1961 Short sleeve shirt
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