Silk blouse

1. Carven, cape-sleeve blouse, $465, net-a-porter.com; 2. Theory, deblin stretch-silk blouse, $255, net-a-porter.com; 3. Gap, draped tie-hem blouse, $59.95, gap.com; 4. Equipment, silk oversized shirt, $218, intermixonline.com; 5. Goldie, lace trim blouse w/ detachable lace scarf, $112.96, asos.com; 6., Proenza Schouler, silk pattern pleat blouse, $649, mytheresa.com; 7. TBA, contrast panel top, $249.99, asos.com


If there is one item of clothing I would recommend every woman have in her wardrobe, it's a simple silk blouse.

Equipment, a brand best known for having the quintessential silk shirt, was launched in 1975 by Christian Restoin (long-time boyfriend to former French Vogue editor Carine Restoin-Roitfeld). This year, the line has expanded to include anything from soft pastels to tropical Hawaiian prints.

This versatile spring staple can be worn with wide leg trousers to work, a pair of leather shorts in the evening, or your favorite jeans on the weekend. You could also take a style cue from the likes of Alexa Chung and pair it with the most unlikely of all options, jean shorts.

From boardroom to cocktails, this is one summertime essential that has you covered.