As far as “wardrobe staples” go, the white blouse feels incredibly familiar: Most people have one hanging in their closets, though it’s not always (okay, really, ever) the most exciting thing in there. It feels to plain or stuffy to be worn on its own, so you start packing on the accessories and the sweaters to embellish, pretty much until the shirt is out of sight. But the white blouse isn’t simply a handy layering piece—it’s one of the most underrated garments in your wardrobe. And this season, brands are giving shoppers more and more reasons to treat it like a statement piece: button-downs with ruffles and cutouts, elegant tops fashioned out of mixed fabrics, and other new riffs on a well-known category of clothing make it feel brand-new. You definitely don’t want to hide these under a sensible knit. Check out 23 revamped versions of the familiar white blouse that are anything but boring.
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