Summer is my favorite season for many reasons: iced coffee, the house in Sag Harbor, Long Island tomatoes in August. Not-so-favorite is the heat when it turns oppressive and the city gets stinky and soul-melting. It can also play hell with one’s personal style—on the most wilting of days, any amount of clothing can feel like too many—which is why I rely so heavily this time of year on white blouses, mostly of the button-down variety. Just throw one on and you instantly feel well-ventilated and crisp. I own an impressive array but am of course always on the lookout for more, and am very close to making this Thomas Mason tuxedo shirt from J. Crew mine, as it is clean-cut, sexy, and slouchy all at once.
There is a woman named Sylvia Sichel who I knew in college, and who wore a sleeveless white button-down like nobody’s business. Whenever I see one, I’m reminded of how much I wanted to be her, and how great they’d look with cropped skinny pants, just like she used to do.
For those of you who like the idea of sleeveless, but aren’t quite ready to bare your upper arms: this sweet popover could be the answer (and I love the excellent butt-coverage in the back).
A pintuck blouse is always feminine, and I like this one for being on the pared-down side.
The clean tailoring is a nice counterpoint to all the frou on this lace and eyelet option.
A fun short-sleeved iteration, with excellent pockets.
This one of so excellently apres-beach.
I love a classic button-down from Frank & Eileen—they’re slightly boyfriendish in fit, but not at all boxy. (Here‘s your more budget-friendly option.)
Of course this very tomboyish popover is on my short list.
I am so intrigued by this crossover shirt from Steven Alan.