I have been searching for the perfect stripe top for awhile now. I've tried a few within the past several months, and while I liked some of them, they weren't as versatile as I'd been hoping. And since I can't buy them all, I had to be picky. Ever since my trip to J Crew a few weeks ago, I haven't been able to stop thinking about this blouse. It is really fab. Great cut, great fit, and I love the detail and pattern. I did have to go up two sizes, though. I usually take a 4 in J Crew tops (J Crew runs a bit large) but I had to get an 8 in order for this blouse to be flowy and not cut in at the arm holes.
In order to justify the price, I had to think of multiple ways to wear it, and it had to take me from summer to winter. Even though it cost more than some of the other contenders, it fits every bill and is the most versatile, which in the end, makes it worth every penny.
Update: The blouse has since gone on sale. Happy price adjustment to meeee. :)