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)
Great pairing the banker blouse with that Valentino bag!
Love this outfit to pieces, Kelly! You look amazing. Thanks for the little story. Have fun in NY.
I want this exact outfit! I really love white looks for winter this year ;) Very pretty!
I always wondered what’s the deal with the contrast white collars on these shirts seen in businesswear! What an Interesting fashion history tidbit! Love the gold button cuffs!
Love this outfit!! I need to refresh my white jeans with a slimming, I think. ;)
Is the material of the shirt, silk? A very clean outfit.
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Yup, the shirt is silk & drapes very nicely. =)
Black and White! <3
How do you tie your belts into cute little bows?
Hi Karen! I don’t have a tutorial on my blog, but Jean at Extra Petite does! If the belt isn’t too long, you can stop at step 4 (like I did in this post).