Perfect White Button Down Blouse

by jennine on August 26, 2011

the coveted equipment signature blouse

For the longest time I’ve wanted  a beautiful classic white button down blouse. But like with all things, when you go with the classics, getting the perfect shirt is imperative else you’ll end up sending the wrong message. What do I mean? You can get a white shirt anywhere. I’ve gotten white button down shirts on sale at Banana Republic, and looked great, but didn’t quite fit right, or the shirt just looked like I was wearing a white shirt.

A while back I bought the Equipment Nixie Blouse, and fell in love with the way the silk felt and how it was so comfortable. Equipment Signature Blouse had been on my mind for a while, but the $200 price tag was too steep.  After experimenting with cheaper silk blouses, I realized that adding up all the cheap silk blouses I almost loved ended up being more expensive than the one I really loved… so I took the plunge and got the Equipment Signature Blouse in bright white. When it came yesterday, I knew it was the perfect blouse! It just feels luxurious and comfortable, and certainly worth the investment.

Here I’m channeling a 21st century Katherine Hepburn with the wide legged trousers. She’s my hero.

Wearing: Equipment Signature Blouse • Topshop Wide Legged Pants • Tracy Reese Shoes • Super Lucia Sunglasses • Liz Larios Cube necklace (gift) • Structured bag by unkown designer.

Photos by Nando Alvarez

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Lindsay August 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Did you do something different with your photos? They are AMAZING! So bright! Also, you’re totally channeling some major Kate (the best one of them all!).
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Midtown Girl August 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Those polka dot pants are KILLER!

PhotoGirl August 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

LOVE this look on you. That shirt is perfection and the pants are adorable. Not sure the bag “goes,” but what the heck? If you love it, wear it! You have great style.

irene August 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

i love the shoes..
Irene Wibowo

Sydney August 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I am really loving your polka-dot pants! I also really love Equipment’s shirts. They are fabulous and are worth the investment.
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SACRAMENTO August 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

So 40s, and fab.
have a grand weekend, Jennine.
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Jill August 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I love this whole look and I’m still crazy for that bag! I can’t wait for IFB Con NYC, and hope to meet you then.

lisa August 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

This white blouse looks great on you! I love silk tops-they feel like SUCH a luxury even if they are just fast fashion silk tops.
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Em August 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Perfect! Love the whole look and appreciate the suggestion for where to find a high quality staple.

page August 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm

i love your blouse!!

Joy August 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

You look great! I am so jealous because it’s so hard for me to find white button downs!
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hoyt August 27, 2011 at 2:57 am

Stunning! The classic white blouse is on my yearly September shopping list. The perfect go to when you feel as though you have nothing in your closet.

Love your blog!

Caveat Calcei August 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

I’ve just spent an hour trawling Topshop and eBays of the world looking for those pants in a size 2 or 4. I think I am in love. One of your classiest outfits yet hen!

Laura Hueto Puig August 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

You look wooondeful… *-* I’m absolutely in love with your outfit! Everything about it is both classic and timeless, yet also modern and just… chic. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this, really. :)
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Plami August 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

You look absolutely stunning! I love the shoes!


WendyB August 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

I saw this outfit in person!

Lizzie August 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Beautiful! I’m a firm believer that it is worth holding out for the “perfect” item, instead of compromising, especially when it is a blouse like this one that you’ll wear over and over.
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Monroe Steele August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

i love this look. those pant and shoes really set it off!

xoxo Monroe

Fashion Steele NYC
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Anne August 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Wow I love those shoes!

Jo August 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Great look! Have to agree on the price issue: sometimes when buying chip will cost you more, so I’m totally for the luxury items (affordable)
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Teen Craft Blogs August 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Some people think that a white shirt is just supposed to be bland. But, you, on the other hand, get it: you can style in white just as well as you can in other colors…
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Denise August 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Just yesterday I put this Equipment shirt in my shopping cart (yet to purchase, though). So glad it gets the Coveted stamp of approval. I still have an Equipment shirt from the 90s… you can’t go wrong with them, you will have this shirt for years.

elena daciuk August 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

you look fabulous! this post made me a little sad…as i yearn for the pair of polka dot wide leg pants i gave away a long time ago…one of those items i definately wish i kept… =/
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Martini August 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

Did you do something different with your photos? They are amazing! So bright! Also, you’re totally channeling some major Kate i really like the fashion i wanna buy this i love to try.
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Larissa August 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

I love your look!!!!!!
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Nicole August 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

I Love this look. I am searchichg for that kind of blouse for quite a while know.
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My Styleadvisor August 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

I agree!! It looks really fab on you!
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Ally Lesniak September 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Love this look! That bag is amazing - I have it in a different colour and wear it as often as I can.
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