Because white and black blouses are foundational, I am always looking to diversify or refresh my collection. End-of-season sales are an excellent time to look. End-of-year sales may offer the very best prices — particularly for long-sleeved blouses.
Did you remember to look?
I found this charming blouse at Need Supply Company — a brick-and-mortar store in Richmond, Virginia that maintains an on-line shop.
I’ve never been to the store and can’t remember how I stumbled across the website, but I am very impressed by their thoughtful and surprisingly large inventory of on-line offerings.
Could they have this much merchandise in the store? I am assuming that Need Supply Company is a boutique, but you would never guess it from their website. So many well-selected choices!
My only small criticism of this website is that all of their models look so . . . stricken. The happiest of them looks like she just learned that her car’s been booted. Others look like they are processing far worse news. I question that aesthetic choice, but otherwise APPLAUSE.
I bought a few white blouses — this one made of cotton jersey trimmed with a cotton poplin, a short-sleeved blouse with a tiny Peter Pan collar, and a third made of white lace. I was also very taken with a sculptural blouse fabricated with black organza — which is both stiff and sheer. Very effective and it might look so pretty under this top or this dress.
This striking blouse has so much interest — the blouse is doing the work of a jacket, I tell you. There are three horizontal bands of shirring, a similar line running down each sleeve, and a row of small buttons on the front placket which culminates in a rather grand collar. A collar that any Puritan minister would have been proud to wear.
Blouse: Nehera from Need Supply Co.; Pants: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Coach; Bracelet: Tory Burch; Bag: Coach