As I mentioned on Instagram last week, I am currently in love with this Alice + Olivia pearl-embellished ruffle blouse. It is definitely ornate, but is far from gaudy. I admit my love of all things pearl-embellished colors my judgment, but its ability to transform bland outfits is impressive. It instantly elevates my now-prosaic uniform of medium-wash jeans and a boxy tweed jacket, subtly refines utilitarian materials like khaki and flannel, and perfectly complements equally elaborate pieces (like the Marc Jacobs scalloped tweed skirt shown here).
It is moderately expensive (retail is $440), but Alice + Olivia participates in nearly all department store promotional events so there’s no need to pay full price. Currently, you can get $100 off this top at Neiman Marcus (use code SAVENOW for $100 off orders over $400). Saks is currently running a private sale for “VIPs,” use code JUST4YOU at checkout for $100 off $400 purchases, $150 off $600 purchases, $200 off $800 purchases, and $350 off $1200 purchases. The Alice + Olivia Arminda Ruffled Blouse is still available in all sizes here. If you are about my size, the blouse in size XS fits me well (I mean, the sleeves are an inch too long, but I am willing to write this minor fit issue off as inconsequential).
|Alice + Olivia Arminda Embellished Ruffle Shirt (also sold here, here, and here; size XS) || Zara Coat with Gathered Shoulder and Metallic Button (past season) || Marc Jacobs Scalloped Tweed Skirt (past season) || Hermes Reversible Logo Belt (size 65) || Chanel Medallion Tote || INC International Concepts Tacy Knee High Dress Boots (past season)|
In addition to the dollar off promotion mentioned earlier, Neiman Marcus has also further discounted clearance styles another 25% (no code needed). Some picks: Theory Pirellia Prosecco Striped Cold-Shoulder Dress, Rachel Zoe Megali Lace-Up Mini Dress, Max Studio Sleeveless Velvet Blouse, Bobeau Bella Faux-Wrap Knit Blouse, Alice + Olivia Maureen Lace Open-Back Party Dress, and JAX Floral-Print Cold-Shoulder Dress.