Recently, I was chatting with Who What Wear’s editorial director, Kat Collings, about some tops I’ve been seeing everywhere. You know, those blouses with details like puffy sleeves, floral voile prints, and covered buttons—and she referred to them as “nouveau milkmaid tops.” Of course, I thought. The delicate tops—with their pretty frills and sweetheart necklines—seem to be lifted right out of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Specifically, the scenes where the young queen set off to Le Petit Trianon, not far from the palace of Versailles, to escape court life. She would spend entire days at the hamlet playing the part of a milkmaid, wearing airy pieces just like these ones.
To me, they’re a natural evolution of the off-the-shoulder tops and corset pieces that have been hugely popular over the last few years. But now, it’s the “nouveau milkmaid tops” that I’m crowning as the It piece of 2018. So this summer, as we slip into them, we can all play dress up just like Marie Antoinette.