Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Perfection of a Simple White Blouse, Milano

It’s been great this summer to see all these cool young ladies embracing the understated sophistication of a well-designed blouse. Whether new or vintage, cotton or silk, solid or patterned, the blouse has been severely under appreciated the last few years.

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  1. Stratos Bacalis

    July 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Perfection! I always say that the white blouse is a basic staple of a well dressed woman's wardrobe.

  2. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

    great! effortless chic…

  3. KcomeKarolina

    July 14, 2010 at 9:31 am

    yes! love it! the simplier the better!!!

    xoxo from very hot rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

  4. the style crusader

    July 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

    i love this shot. her top is perfect and the bike is wonderful! i colour and back basket are awesome. lovely shot. xx

  5. Best of Beehive

    July 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

    That's a great, classic outfit. I love it with her hair.

  6. Francesca Cimarelli

    July 14, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Black & white, simply the best!

  7. becariadelamoda

    July 14, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Love it!

  8. RM

    July 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

    you know what else is underappreciated? flesh-toned bras under said blouses. otherwise she looks great, though!

  9. Ivy Lane

    July 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

    how's about those shades?! Perfecto!

  10. MagisterElegantiarum

    July 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Well, talk about perfection…and imperfection. I am refer to the bycicle – it is so cool, the not finished yellow paint.

  11. Kat O

    July 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Can't go wrong with a classic white shirt…or red hair!
    Kat x Click&Make-Up!

  12. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Simple, beautiful, refreshing and understated. Beauty for the beholder and my thanks for the shot

  13. Alice Olive

    July 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

    The perfection of her hair is amazing, too. I like how simple her ensemble is. Timeless.

  14. About us

    July 14, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Some people simply own it!

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  15. Blindcopy

    July 14, 2010 at 9:46 am

    worn with slim pants, flat shoes and a yellow bike as an accessory – perfect!

  16. Gary MAEL

    July 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Very chic and classy. I love the simplicity of all that. It's not so easy to be simple and make it work.
    + the yellow and blue bike is great.

    http://lestroismots.blogspot.com/

  17. S. Kahlon

    July 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Forget the clothes. I just want that bike.

    (She looks a lot like Lissy Truillie)

  18. SabinePsynopsis

    July 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Bicycle obsessed – you? No way! Great picture, beautiful blouse, perfect outfit!
    (How about a bicycle fashion competition? Oh, I'd love that!)

  19. Lainey Seyler

    July 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

    i suppose bike helmets are nerdy and unseemly, but don't people where them? my friend was hit head-on while on his bike and is very very lucky to be alive. she looks adorable. but i'm just saying, how far does vanity go?

  20. Dancing Branflake

    July 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Perfection! I love the bike.

  21. STREETFSN

    July 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Love her top!! Gorgeous XD

  22. abataba

    July 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Simply perfection!!

  23. cleo

    July 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    love it…the style the picture the bike:)so gorgeous!!

  24. joshylola

    July 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Great bike :-D

  25. Rafael Melo

    July 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I particular liked the hair and the shades… brought a easy-going/modern style to the whole outfit. Great blouse. Cool B&W look. Not so crazy about the "old postal service bike".

  26. JoewardM

    July 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    chic,chic, and chic! :]

  27. The Photodiarist

    July 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I love white blouses – especially ones that are a little bit loose. This one is perfectly worn by her.

  28. Rachel

    July 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. She's dressed so simply but you still can't take your eyes off of her!

  29. franca maisha

    July 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

    lovely!!! it really is perfect!

  30. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

    in my opinion the more difficult item to wear is an high waist pant!
    i love the lenght of her pants with her flats! and short hair!
    a very classy outfit!

  31. hayley chewins

    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love the contrast between the scruffy girlishness of the yellow bicycle, and her sophisticated poise and style.

  32. Johnny the Mule

    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Nice – very well done.

  33. Filuzi

    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    A yellow bicycle helps to get a clean look not too understated ;)

  34. The Original Swedish Blonde!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Classy! And her hair….I love it. :)

  35. Nila

    July 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Tres chic the ensemble, but I want the yellow bicycle!!!
    Nila

    http://maisonila.blogspot.com

  36. etak

    July 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Tres chic, non? I disagree with the other commenter about the color of the bra. While sometimes it is too distracting in this instance it plays well with the rest of the look.

  37. Lin

    July 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I agree with RM, I think the dark bra underneath totally takes away from the simplicity and elegance…

  38. the boot

    July 14, 2010 at 10:30 am

    i love the italian woman's keen sense of polish, even when they're out for a casual bike ride. gorgeous photo!

  39. Tiffany

    July 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I love the little transparence of the blouse…

    http://www.mesvoyagesaparis.blogspot.com/

  40. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 10:39 am

    also a great haircut.

  41. mary louise

    July 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

    that's an awesome bike. and i love her haircut.

    styleaccordingtome.blogspot.com

  42. Eugenia Woods

    July 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I like how her short hair and dark bra give this an edgier feel. Love it!

  43. Gon

    July 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

    And i don't understand why people don't appreciate it. I've been looking for some time now for the perfect one. It's so chic and clean!
    Love her look.

    xx,
    Dimogonda blog

  44. Bianca

    July 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

  45. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

    This hair style seems to be getting around in Italy, we saw it on the woman in the white suit earlier. I love the pants with the high waist with the white blouse. I don't mind the black bra with it, gives it an edge it wouldn't have otherwise. Black ballet flats look great with everything. She reminds me of Claire Danes the great American actress.

  46. mabelmabel

    July 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I'm in total agreement. The beauty of a neat, well-made blouse/shirt is not to be underestimated. My grandmothers, in the 1950s-60s knew this, even as they did chores wearing a crisp blouse and "pedal-pushers."

    Love her eye.

  47. Fabio LE CALZATURE

    July 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I LIKE HER STYLE, BRAVA!
    GOOD CONTRAST THE COLOR OF THE BICYCLE.

  48. esercizidistile

    July 14, 2010 at 11:07 am

    lovely blouse!

  49. Inspired Shares

    July 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Such a classic look..and I love the bike too:)

  50. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I love her hair. I used to have that cut and color that when I was 18-20 years old.

  51. Sing

    July 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

  52. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

    It's all bout the bike!

  53. needle+thread

    July 14, 2010 at 11:41 am

    'make it your own' twist on classic staples- the bra and shades give her a youthful twist. that yellow bike IS the perfect accessory.

  54. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 11:41 am

    That is a perfect outfit. A modern-day Audrey Hepburn.

    Her hair, blouse with black bra – racy, yet demure – love the slacks and shoes.

    All perfectly summer appropriate and bicycle appropriate. Great picture. Great outfit. Great blog!

  55. Alexandra G.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Definitely agree, and I have to say I've really enjoyed bringing them back into my closet!

    http://tovogueorbust.blogspot.com/

  56. laurent

    July 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Bellissima! A delicate white blouse, feminine….irresistable! Cools one down just looking. Audrey Hepburn lives!

  57. Elena S.

    July 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    i just came across your site & i love it ! its so cute – love the pics! DEF following you ♡ love the concept !
    id love for you to check out my blog. I currently have a giveaway hosted with http://www.shipmyshades.com for a hot pair of prada sunglasses. Hope you'll enter

    xo elena

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  58. Alexandra

    July 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

  59. Ali

    July 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    The dressing is so perfect.

    Learn Italian

  60. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    What I love are the sexy, high cut jeans!

  61. kms

    July 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I just love understated sophistication!
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  62. Lisa Petrarca

    July 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    She looks so effortlessly cool, with a simple understated sense of fashion.

    http://lisapetrarca.blogspot.com

  63. zenobiar

    July 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Red hair, orange wall, and yellow bike. Bella.

  64. Antonio_Libero

    July 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I like the "custom" bike.. but i don't like the white shirt..

    http://desertodinotte.blogspot.com/

  65. CLAUDIA C.

    July 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    SO AUDREY!!!!!!!!!!

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  66. TorontoVerve.:

    July 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Great style and bike shot.

    http://www.torontoverve.org

  67. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    What a pity : where's the wondefull smile on this pretty lady?

  68. Prutha

    July 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

  69. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Amen, Scott!

  70. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Your introduction says it all. She is so cute, including the hair cut.

  71. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    ok,you have obsessed for bicycle ! haha

  72. Vittoria Braga

    July 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Love this except for the black bra, I don't know if it's just my oldfashionedness but to me it screams laundry day or overslept and dressed in no time. Love everything else, is very funnyface, one of those outfits you know you look good.

  73. artbook

    July 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I want to have this bike!!!

    josefa von artbook

  74. My Roman Apartment

    July 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I don't think blouses are under appreciated, but good ones are tough to find. Finding the right white blouse is as hard as finding the perfect pair of jeans! I'm constantly on the search for simple white shirts that fit properly…

    Men have it easy in the white shirt department.

  75. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I love the high waist pants, that's where the waist is right? I dislike those pants that seem to stay in the hips by a miracle, defiyng gravity. She looks adorable!

  76. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful top! Love the necklace charm as well <3

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  77. ksennish

    July 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    You just can't get away from the bikes, but I'm ok with that!

    Great look, I agree about the blouse. It's incredibly sophisticated.

    younggentsguide.blogspot.com

  78. thwany

    July 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    there are so many great bold and simple colors in this shot

  79. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    hear, hear!

  80. Megan

    July 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    To be understated, this is a PERFECT white blouse. In every lady's closet there needs to be a white blouse that fits them individually and wonderfully. Please let all of the ladies dress with just class as this lady.

  81. Wild Swans

    July 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    love the shades.. and the contrast of the yellow against her red hair + the terracotta.

    Classic and graceful, without effort x

  82. WCR

    July 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    It's ecru, for starters…

  83. Margo

    July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    great blouse, bad dark bra.

  84. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    nice

  85. ChiqueChic

    July 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    It's a very classic look. Perfect!

  86. A bright yellow bicycle – The perfect accessory! All of her is completely lovely.

  87. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    that bicycle. :)

  88. Mat

    July 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    works for me!

  89. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    It's kind of funny that those pants are considered "high waisted", why because we are so used to buying pants that have a waistband right above the crotch.

  90. Karolina W.

    July 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    There is a beautiful polish song titld "Yellow bicycle" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM0fa8fIsow This phoyo reminded me about her… Thank You:-)

  91. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I love how simple & effortless it looks…like it

  92. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I want those pants!

  93. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    love the outfit, set off by the nice haircut and color. i hate that bicyclists have to deface their cycles to make them less appealing to thieves. but, yeah to fashionable fitness/ biking as transportation.
    *sP

  94. Tikki

    July 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    No one outside the U.S. (and a few other countries) wears helmets. You simply don't need one — cycling isn't more dangerous than driving or walking.

  95. nemee

    July 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    gorgeous ! love the simplicity !

    artsysunday.blogspot.com

  96. Mani

    July 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I love how classy she is! And her bike :)

  97. Emily McGuire

    July 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I don't think these pants are high-waisted; I believe the correct term is high-hip.

    I love that this blouse is sleeveless and the elegantly high mandarin collar.

    http://www.whatinthenameoflove.blogspot.com

  98. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    wow i so agree. there is nothing like a well fitting blouse, i myself will always appreciate them… especially white ones they just look so clean but yet funky

  99. nyc lu

    July 14, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    no kidding, and now you cant get away from them! i love them.. so versatile and flawless

  100. Dr.Kraft

    July 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    beautiful picture !! like one shooting in fashion magazine…wall,bicycle,clothes,coloreverything
    perfect !!

  101. Lee Oliveira

    July 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    The simple things in life are often the best. Very chic.

    LOx

  102. ANA

    July 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    simple+ good taste = very elegant

  103. simonesays

    July 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    my eyes are glued to her bike. that bike, just, oh god that bike.

  104. Sundari

    July 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Very pretty. I do like the look and the bike is pretty funky.

  105. adele

    July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    simply amazing. love the look! you're amazing!
    xx

    yougotsomestyle.blogspot.com

  106. Cookie Cutter

    July 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I love how simple this is but still so pretty. I need to get a bike too!

  107. Carm

    July 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Classic.

  108. BronsonNZ

    July 15, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I love it.. I think I have the same bike model :-)

  109. SEOBONNIE

    July 15, 2010 at 1:50 am

    like it!
    I love blouse ^^^

  110. Amber Whitecliffe and Hilary Johnston

    July 15, 2010 at 2:03 am

  111. kathrynnova

    July 15, 2010 at 2:45 am

    i enjoy that the black bra is incredibly sexy without being slutty.

    there is so much to be said for mere suggestion as opposed to outright bold statements. she holds us in her power. she captivates us on her level.

    worldrunway.blogspot.com

  112. pacamanca

    July 15, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Totally agree with whoever mentioned the horror of the dark bra beneath the perfect white shirt. Italian girls seem to have a knack for selecting the worst possible bra for the top they're wearing – I've seen colored bras with strapless top (helloooo?) plenty of times, not to mention the bright colored bra beneath white shirt or top. It never fails to make me cringe.

  113. Meera

    July 15, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Fantastic picture! I love how relaxed yet chic her outfit is. And the yellow bike is so cute!

  114. tanïa

    July 15, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Love her whole appearance not only because we nearly have the same haircut! ;o)

  115. l´habitué

    July 15, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Totally agree. I love blouses and I can never get enough of them. Thanks for bringing sophistication back.

    http://lhabitue.blogspot.com

  116. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Love the combination of the classy white blouse and the nonchalance of the yellow bike.

  117. ♥Sisterhood♣

    July 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

    love it so much!

  118. Javier

    July 15, 2010 at 7:42 am

    You're right. Plain blouses are really elegant and alluring.

  119. Álvaro

    July 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    i really love the bike

  120. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Not sure if anyone else has said this but LOVE the colour of her hair against the wall….and the pop of the yellow bike. Lovely shot

  121. Scolex

    July 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    the bike and the blouse caught my attention

  122. Valentine

    July 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Love the 2 tones bike!

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  123. Liz S

    July 15, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Agree about the white blouse/shirt–and adore this photo!

  124. Allen - East Hampton

    July 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    This could not be improved on in any way possible. Great shot.

  125. Luna

    July 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    this is, quite simply, who I want to be.

    the bike, the outfit, the hair…

    how on earth does she pull it off?!

    Scott, you are AMAZEE!!

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    PLEASEE check out my super-fabulous-delicious blog!

    thxxxx

  126. Jasmin

    July 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    This girl got it right from the head to her feet! I think she kind of favors Claire Danes.

  127. Fly11

    July 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Adorable look. Blouse is indeed perfect and I am dying to see it underneath a bolero jacket! The black bra underneath creates intriguing mystery. Not crazy about the black flats, the color choice is a bit too safe for my taste. Overall,great casually classy look!

  128. Elena Vasilieva

    July 16, 2010 at 1:28 am

    loving this photo, the bike is super cool and the colours are amazing

    elena
    http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/

  129. Susan

    July 16, 2010 at 2:10 am

    This outfit is so chic. Very effortless yet classic. Love it!

  130. Anonymous

    July 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

    beautiful. It's only a pity Italian women always wear white and see-through shirts with BLACK underwear!! A little bit tasteless…

  131. Anonymous

    July 16, 2010 at 3:27 am

    simple and sophisticated~
    the hair makes it perfect~!
    i love the odd coordination between hair color and the wall.

  132. misslikey

    July 16, 2010 at 4:08 am

    just fab-everything; the bike, blouse and her hair

  133. proletarian Great Gatsby

    July 16, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I like clear transparent blouses with black bra since I saw the photo "LELLA"(1947) of Edouard Boubat .

  134. July 16, 2010 at 5:06 am

    This look reminds me of my twenties when being a student in Italy I couldn't afford to buy many designer clothes.I adopted that same look inspired by Audrey Hupburn and Chanel. Timeless and chic. So many memories! That's the value of a photograph! I studied at Siena. I remember visiting my best friend at Parma and riding the bicycle all around the city! Meraviglioso!

  135. Kali Venable

    July 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I love this! I think blouses are so classy and flattering. hopefully more people start to wear them, they are great!Nice post and blog!

    Check mine out, I am new :)

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  136. Carina

    July 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    i love this outfit !!!!

    xxxx

    http://anexceptiontomyrule.blogspot.com/

  137. Kathleen

    July 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    This is it, tomorrow I'm on the hunt for some Vintage blouses. I love the look, especially the black bra underneath, very sexy without going over the top.

  138. Jackie

    July 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Beautiful photo… the girl is totally elegant and the composition of the shot with the bike and ivy is really just pure heaven.

  139. SCW

    July 17, 2010 at 3:03 am

    simple and perfect!
    the bike is her best accessory here

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  140. Cara Gray

    July 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love the yellow bike. x

  141. colette

    July 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Love everything about her and this shot except the black bra. I just don't understand what makes underwear attractive to see under – or worse yet – sticking out of clothing! I find it tasteless.

  142. Anonymous

    July 19, 2010 at 3:32 am

    I LOVE HER BIKE!!!!

  143. Peachy

    July 19, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Beautiful

  144. hayleysherie

    July 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Great bike!

  145. Anonymous

    July 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    She looks a lot like Claire Danes

  146. Aleks

    July 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm

  147. Anonymous

    July 20, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Cool as a cat. Well done.

  148. Eilish

    July 20, 2010 at 5:41 am

    simple white blouses work miracles !! She's pulls it off with such class and so effortlessly

    http://faialofa.blogspot.com

  149. Keri.L

    July 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

    The shirt, the high waisted pants & the bike are all very cool but look how fabulous the shot is with the hair & the wall behind and those specs are to die for!

  150. Anonymous

    July 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hot.

  151. Phillip

    July 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

    oh dear lord. i'm in love

  152. Anonymous

    August 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    she's stunning oh

  153. PL

    August 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Love the blouse but above all love the bicycle!! all my style!

  154. Julia

    November 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    The black bra underneath ruins the whole thing….

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