Unless you’re a seasoned vintage shopper, this season you’ll eschew a Victorian relic for one of the new, sexy modernized versions that went down the runway for Spring-Summer 2016. Fortunately there are plenty to choose from thanks to designers such as Altuzarra, Gucci, and Alexander McQueen. And while that covered up look could be considered austere, it’s actually all about how you wear the piece. “I think it’s best if you team it with denim or leather,” says stylist Emily Barnes who savvily dressed model Cameron Russell in a black lace Altuzarra top and Baldwin denim pencil skirt for the recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. “Dress it down. That’s the cool way to wear it. I have a great white Victorian blouse that I wear with beaten-up jeans, it’s one of my favorite looks of the moment.”
Here are three very different ways to incorporate this romantic piece into your wardrobe (without looking too girly).