I was talking with a friend last weekend about women's shirting, and made a really smart observation about popovers for women (popovers are shirts with buttons that only go 1/2 or 1/3 of the way down). The style is flattering because the detailing draws attention to the upper torso and shoulders, away from the waist. Popovers (and their brethren, tunics) are appealing because they play on form and proportion in refreshing ways, and always look good.
While researching popovers, I realized something big: There is a serious dearth of USA-made (or first-world made) women's clothing, affordable or not. In men's clothing, USA-made garments are fairly easy to find and considered important; when browsing online shops I was frustrated and befuddled by how many stores offer a "Made in the USA" section—populated only by men's clothing. Still, four of the five garments in this post are made in the USA (which is why you come to 31DaysOf.com).
1. Lyonstate Edith Popover
Lyonstate is doing great things with their in-house line, and I especially like their women's offerings. This popover is in a neutral, natural, appealing color and comes with a Mandarin banded collar and five-button placket. It's a tailored cut that makes it good for a variety of occasions, and will never go out of style.
2. Side Stitch Roll Tab Sleeve Pullover Shirt
I was really pleased to find this Side Stitch popover because it's very wearable and an affordable USA-made shirt. It's got a relaxed fit and two chest pockets along with a five-button placket, and roll tab sleeves for when you want to give your forearms and wrists some breathing room.
3. Fog Linen Works Helen Stand Collar Tunic
Tunics are to shirts as skirts are to pants, and this option from Fog Linen Works is one of the best I've found. It's a breathable linen that will keep you comfortable in the summer and warm when it's cooler, and the indigo color stands out in the best way. Although this is a one-size garment, it's sized in a way that it would work for a range of measurements and be flattering for a variety of body types.
4. Ann Mashburn Popover Shirt
Ann Mashburn's husband Sid has done a lot for men's clothing in Atlanta, and his store Sid Mashburn inspires pride in many Atlantans. Ann's line and shop opened in 2010, and while her styles and aesthetic don't drastically differ from that of Sid's in-house line, there can be no complaining about the top-quality tailoring and variety of fabrics and colorways in her garments. These are classy and refined takes on women's clothing.
5. Eileen Fisher Mandarin Collar Tunic
When I think of Eileen Fisher, I think of minimal, clean lined garments that are never over designed. In my mind I often place her in the same category as Margaret Howell; both bring to life timeless, purposeful designs, which are natural and simple. This A-line tunic has a shirttail hem and three-quarter sleeves, and is a typical Eileen Fisher piece, encapsulating the present, past, and future of women's clothing.