Goodbye PJs, hello formal wear! As we ease out of the work-from-home phase, it’s time to talk about one of women’s most favourite pieces of clothing—tops! When it comes to women’s office wear, tops are undoubtedly easiest to throw on and make you look stunning when styled the right way. But what working woman has the time to rifle through an entire wardrobe every day for a formal blouse that is both trendy and comfortable?!?
That’s precisely why we’ve curated a list of elegant tops for women, you can choose from when it comes to slaying at work. All you need to do is pick the ones that suit your personality and experiment. Keep in mind that to elevate your office wardrobe, accessories are the key! Do invest in quality handbags and shoes that last long.
Scroll to take a closer look at some of the best blouses and tops for women online so you’ll be able to find the right pieces to elevate your wardrobe effortlessly.
The Tie-up Neck Top
Bring out your stylish best in a full-sleeved top with tie-up neck detailing that adds a hint of sophistication to your ensemble. Not only is this office-appropriate, it can work just as well for your business lunches. Combine a maroon tie up top with a white pencil skirt for a flawless work outfit and add black pumps to add an edge to your look.
The Formal Shirt
Women’s dress shirts work as wonderful layering pieces, especially in an office environment. They come in a variety of colours and materials ensuring they’re suitable for all occasions. A classic white shirt is a must-have that will never go out of style. Team it with black tapered pants and throw in a pair of black leather ankle boots to the equation. Add a black leather crossbody bag to the mix to effortlessly bump up the glam factor to your look.
The Shirt-Style Collared Look
If you want to give the formal shirt a miss, but still look just as professional, you could go in for a shirt cum top sans the buttons. Why not try a pastel green collared blouse? You could combine it with a black pencil skirt, black pumps and a simple necklace for an understated chic look. If you’re planning to head out for happy hours, you could simply swap the skirt for white jeans, add a brown clutch and gold hoops to effortlessly finish your look.
The Striped Top
A striped top is often overlooked, but it can actually be quite versatile and a great addition to your work wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and can look elegant when styled appropriately. Pick a beige striped top and match it with trousers of the same hue to create an instantly cohesive and effortless look. Adding a black leather bag to the mix ties it together very nicely.
The tunic is loose-fitting and reaches the thighs, so it can also be worn as a dress. They come in multiple shapes and styles, but essentially they’re much longer than a shirt. Not only are they amazing on their own, but a tunic makes a great base for many other outfit options. Be sure to scoop up a button-down tunic for work that’s not just smart but also chic, and you can wear it typically with leggings or half pants and black pumps.
If shirts aren’t for you, pick a high-neck top that is apt for a professional environment. A navy blue high neck can work as a perfect blend of style and sophistication. The sun rays neck detailing provides a unique look and you can pair it with light coloured pants. Our favourite way to finish this ensemble is with a pair of black leather pumps.
The Round Collar
Just like the high-neck, a round collar is popular among business shirts. Look classy and appealing in a beige round collar top with buttons on the front that adds to the overall charm. The go-to for a sophisticated ensemble? Pair it with black skinny pants and complement your look with black suede pumps.
The Mandarin Collar Top
If you’ve been thinking of a wardrobe makeover, a mandarin collar top should definitely help to spruce up your appearance. They go well with blazers so you could always pair a sleeveless light coloured mandarin collared top with a dark coloured blazer. If you want to skip the blazer altogether, choose a striking red and white mandarin collar top and team it up with red wide leg pants. Complete this outfit with black suede pumps and you’re all set looking gorgeous!
The Chequered Top
When it comes to winter fashion, plaid is a great choice to wear to work. The plaid pattern especially in shades of green and burgundy can be styled in many different ways. If you’re wary of the big, bold prints, opt for a breezy yellow checkered top to help you make that statement for any occasion. Pair it with black trousers or wide-legged pants and wedges for a signature look.
The Bow-tie Blouse
The bow-tie top is very underrated and is sure to create a lovely and elegant outfit when worn correctly. Pick a light grey bow-tie blouse and pair it with a black pleated midi skirt or pencil skirt. For more fashion inspiration on the bow-tie look, check out Gossip Girl fashionista Blair Waldorf’s effortlessly chic looks.
We realise how finding the perfect office tops for women can be tricky and we hope the list we’ve curated for you comes in handy. After all, there are only so many times you can wear your favourite shirts before you start to get bored of your day-to-day look.
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We hope this year brings the best in fashion to you as it does with everything else!