I really like pieces that are a little “square”, so I jumped on this banker-shirt style blouse from Ann Taylor’s new fall collection. Contrasting white collars and cuffs became popular with the finance set in the 80’s (Gordon Gekko from Wall Street, anyone?) which I’m sure sends shivers down some people’s spines (specifically those who live in cities with big financial centers full of stereotypical investment banker types. =P ). I love how this normally stiff, masculine style is feminized by drapey silk, and little touches like a hidden placket and gold-tone buttons at the cuffs and collar.
Here’s a little fashion history for you…the origins of the banker shirt can be traced back to a woman in New York who snipped the collar off her husband’s shirt to wash it. The idea caught on and detachable collars (and later, cuffs) became popular. It is also thought these white detachable collars gave rise to the term “white collar worker”.
Details – Ann Taylor blouse :: Blank jeans :: Kate Spade shoes :: Valentino handbag (different shade of red) :: Banana Republic belt :: Michael Kors watch :: Vince Camuto bracelet :: Gorjana rings :: Stella & Dot necklace (c/o)