There are so many tops to choose from out there, but which can be described as essentials or timeless? Apart from the ever classic white shirt ,that works with everything from denim to skirts and creates the most effortlessly stylish of outfits when worn loose over faux leather leggings with a pair of point toe stilettos, it can be sometimes tricky to know how what to buy that will create a capsule of fabulous pieces that can take you from day to night and back again.
Here are my top 10 favourites that will work easily into an existing wardrobe.
Firstly, it’s my all time favourite piece, the white tee. This one by COS ($19.00) is a great cut, not too long, a little bit oversized and with a deep V neck, this is perfect worn loose over a slim leg pant, or tucked in to a high waist pant, or skirt. A tip is to buy a couple of different sizes, one in your regular size and then one a size bigger.
A long sleeve, classic, Breton stripe tee, like this one from Boden ($38.00) is a wardrobe must have. I like to wear mine under a tuxedo blazer and push the jacket sleeves up to show the stripes and give a casual, cool look. Think outside of the box for a night time look too; wear tucked in to some high waist denim and pair with heels for an easy glam look.
Clean lines and a simple cut are my tip when choosing a white shirt. This one by Everlane ($110.00) in silk has a slightly oversized fit, subtle shirttails and long sleeves which can be easily rolled up to create a more casual look, layer some bangles on your arms to elevate your look. Because this shirt is in silk, it will drape beautifully when worn loose and won’t bulk when you tuck it in.
A cashmere knit in soft grey is a luxe wardrobe must have. I like my sweaters to be oversized, so would go up around 2 sizes to get the fit I want. A simple crewneck looks great with a shirt worn underneath. This one by Marks and Spencer ($121.00) has a wide welt and isn’t cut too square and will be a constant go to in cooler months.
A silk and lace trimmed camisole is a day to night winner. Goldhawk are my favourite label for camisoles and they make them in a myriad of coulourways. This one in rose pink with olive lace ($150.00) is a mix of tough and feminine and will work worn casually with denim as well as it will when dressed up, tucked into a midi skirt with heels.
Plaid shirts never go out of style, adapt them to work into new pieces each season. Choose one in a soft, brushed cotton, so it drapes and would work when worn tucked into a midi pencil skirt with a pair of heels for a twist on evening wear. This one from Rails ($158.00) has a perfect cut and for a dressed down outfit, wear open over a white tee and layer with a blazer.
The pajama style of this leopard print shirt by Three Dots ($165.00) means it will do double duty as a shirt, or as a lightweight jacket. Animal print is a perennial classic and this shirt lets you dip into the look, but keep things a little more low key.
Adjustable straps are a must when buying a cami. This one from L’AGENCE ($195.00) in luxe silk georgette fabric is more forgiving than satin and makes it ultimately more wearable for day, as well as for evening.The light sheen to the fabric stops it from being too “flat” , which can be horribly aging.
I love the “rock chick” element to this RIXO striped, sequin, tulle blouse ($300.00)and the timeless cut and feel of it. A definite wardrobe staple and don’t think this is only for evening glam either, wear during the day with denim and sneakers to make the sparkle a little more understated.
Ok, so technically not a top, but this oversized, gorgeous alpaca cardigan coat hybrid by Antik Batik ($440.00) is an essential for layering over lighter, more delicate pieces, like the silk cami from Goldhawk for a cosy, casual look that shows off your style individuality. Wear loose as shown, with the self tie belt, or use a tan leather belt to further change the look.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my latest blog and it’s given you some style tips for building your own timeless and ageless capsule wardrobe. Let me know what you think.