H&M blouse, sz 2, $9.95, also in taupe w/ black. Item # 081425 in the everyday holiday collection.
After a full lap around H&M, the only thing that caught my eye was this chic blouse. I have been wanting a classic white with black trim blouse for a long time. My friend has a silk one from J.Crew and it's gorgeous, but I'd be paranoid about splotching something on the front. At the price of $9.95 - this one probably fits me better, and can be worn carelessly : )
Although I love the style of this blouse, let me warn you that it is not high quality (yet still comparable to some of H&M's $20+ blouses). Material is 100% polyester, thin, sheer (wear an undertank or a nude-colored bra), and I saw one shirt where the edge was frayed. The material may cause hair static, but I always carry a dryer sheet with me during winter months to keep hair tame. For $9.95, though - I am more than pleased and will get sufficient wear out of this blouse, after steaming it.
Tip: If you're looking for something specific in your size at H&M, there's no need to waste time and visit several stores hunting. Call your local stores right when they open, when associates have more time and the merchandise is neatly organized. Give them the department, a description, and the 6 digit item number (the first 6 digits, found under the upper barcode on the price tag), and they are usually happy to help do an item check and put it on hold for 24 hours, if found.
Measurements: 14" across the shoulders & waist, 17" across armpit, 23" total length, 23" sleeve length.
Colors: Comes in a crisp white with black, and also a light grayish-taupe (bottom right) with black. I tried to capture the difference but it barely came out on my iPhone.
And a fun part about this blouse? 5% of the retail price goes to unicef for children. Click tags to enlarge:
Readers - Did anyone else buy this blouse? How will you be styling it?