Cédric Charlier Boatneck Top

A little cinch at the waist, et voilà—a shirt is transformed.

I was so excited when Cédric Charlier, who left Cacharel in October of 2011, launched his own line last fall. His wonderful way with fabrics and crisp silhouettes were spot-on when he designed for the venerable French house, and his namesake collection plays to these strengths. This white cotton blouse is a great transition piece for wearing beneath layers, or, when the weather warms, with shorts or a skirt. It always amazes me how a little detail—in this case, a gathering at the waist—can turn a simple piece into something special and a little edgy.

$345 at lagarconne.com

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