Here's a throwback to the '60s—and we mean the 1860s! This period-film-slash-drama-lovin' author finally watched Sofia Coppola's award-winning The Beguiled some nights ago and was, uh, beguiled. Completely.
Look at those clothes. Exceedingly modest but (spoiler alert!) simmering and sensual underneath, they're a reflection of fashion's current adoration for anything ribboned and ruffled. The Civil War era remains a treasure trove of style inspo, and you can start with these 10 prim, proper, high-collared blouses...though try not to get 'em bloodstained.
Alexander McQueen Ruffle-neck blouse, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Alexander McQueen Pussybow blouse, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Gucci Pussybow blouse, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Lela Rose Poplin ruffle collared blouse, US$694, net-a-porter.com
Michael Kors Pussybow top, Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Stradivarius Ruffle trim shirt, P1295, SM Aura
Topshop Ruffled top, P1995, SM Aura
Topshop Eyelet ruffle top, P1595, SM Aura
Zara Lace sleeveless top, P995, Greenbelt 5
Zara Lace top, P2296, Greenbelt 5