Currently Considering: White Blouse, Dramatic Shoulder Not Optional

Currently Considering: White Blouse, Dramatic Shoulder Not Optional

You know, shoulders are one of those parts of our body that, although oft overlooked, merit closer inspection in our sartorial arsenal. A decidedly potent option is the exposed shoulder, which, done well, can set one up for this kind of a moment:

Cindy Crawford photographed by Herb Ritts

Cindy Crawford photographed by Herb Ritts

Nailed it, right? Anyway, when the weather doesn't allow for this kind of shoulder exposure, why not consider doubling down on covering said shoulder (or shoulders) with, well, a ton of fabric? I'm currently considering adding to my closet a dramatic gathered shoulder in white. 

Alexander McQueen once said "I want people to be afraid of the women I dress." This shirt would give me the appearance of such massive biceps that I'd certainly help him along in that goal. 

Alexander McQueen Pleat-Accented Button-Up Top via The RealReal

Alexander McQueen Pleat-Accented Button-Up Top via The RealReal

The next option, this vintage blouse, takes things to a whole other level in the shoulder department. I love thinking I could bury a scarf (or an entire winter jacket) in there for when I'm cold and nary a soul would notice. Those Victorian-era seamstresses knew what was up and understood that ultimately, when it comes down to it, all we women need is a place to fashionably store our extra layers. 

Antique Victorian Blouse via one of my all time favorite Etsy shops, Cult of Chiffon.

Antique Victorian Blouse via one of my all time favorite Etsy shops, Cult of Chiffon.

My final option technically isn't a shoulder gathering, but it's in the vicinity of our limbs, and I've been obsessed with it for months, so I am including it for consideration. 

Carolina Herrera Silk Faille Blouse via Neiman Marcus

Carolina Herrera Silk Faille Blouse via Neiman Marcus

With some careful styling, the result of any of these three options could be a dreamy twist on a classic white shirt that's feminine yet forceful. To which I say, sign me up. 

Photo: Kiki Xue for Vogue Italia, March 2015

Photo: Kiki Xue for Vogue Italia, March 2015

But what do you say? Are you compelled? Repelled? With shoulders like these, would you feel like a linebacker or a lady? Let's discuss, preferably soon, because I am contemplating a style reset for the New Year and would welcome your guidance.

 

 

Feature image Kiki Xue for Vogue Italia, March 2015

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