Heading Back to the Office? Stock Up on These 14 Versatile Work Tops
We really love shopping (no surprise there!), but when it comes to stocking up on work clothes or other office-appropriate essentials, we know so many people can feel bored, frustrated, and even fatigued just trying to update their work wardrobes each time a new season rolls around. The struggle to find office-friendly styles that are stylish, comfortable, and affordable is very real — especially with so many people and brands embracing more work-from-home fashion these days.
While not all of us have the luxury of working from home and getting dressed up in our favorite pair of pajamas every day, there is a silver lining for anyone who's still commuting into a formal office, and it comes in the form of some seriously chic work tops that are (best of all) available to shop from some of our go-to retailers. Upon further digging, our editors discovered that brands like Amazon, Loft, Banana Republic, Zara, H&M, and Nordstrom all have a wide selection of work-friendly blouses, tops, button-downs, sweater vests, and tanks that you can feel good about buying in any season. And to help you expand your capsule work wardrobe even more, we rounded up our favorite online styles for you to consider.
With the new year in full swing, now's the perfect time to treat yourself to some new options for your closet. From classic striped button-down shirts to puff-sleeve blouses, there's something for every person's taste and aesthetic. Get to shopping — you don't even have to leave the house (for this part, at least).
— Additional reporting by Macy Williams
Best Printed Work Top: Romwe Elegant Printed Workwear Blouse
You'll feel so chic in this Romwe Elegant Printed Workwear Blouse ($30). The elegant, black-and-white striped style pairs the classic high-neck design of a work shirt with a more relaxed long-sleeve fit. From the office to post-work cocktails and beyond, this timeless top is stylish in any environment.
Best Collared Blouse: Romwe Collared Work Blouse
Nothing says office-ready quite like a collared top, and we're especially obsessed with this Romwe Collared Work Blouse ($20) style. Unlike other, traditional work tops, this version features a pearl embellished collar that's equal parts chic and polished. The blouse has just enough sparkle that you can forgo the need for jewelry altogether and simply let the glitzy top speak for itself.
A Timeless Work Top: Vince Camuto Polka Dot V-Neck Top
Polka-dot patterns are one of those timeless styles that feel fresh and fun through any season. The proof? Just look at the elegance of this Vince Camuto Polka Dot V-Neck Top ($74). Whether you're styling it with trousers or a pleated pencil skirt, the darling top can upgrade any look for the better.
A Bold Button-Down: Button-Down Work Blouse
Work clothes have a tendency to fit a bit more loosely on the body — in part, to align with any office dress code guidelines. But with this Button Down Work Blouse ($25), you can feel professional and still totally comfortable thanks to the office blouse's adjustable, waist-tie design.
Best Sweater For Work: Isabel Marant Bailey Rib Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Nothing screams winter fashion quite like a decadent and romantic red sweater like this Isabel Marant Bailey Rib Wool & Cashmere Sweater ($561, originally $935). The top's cashmere composition is equal parts soft and chic, with a rib detailing that provides a universally flattering fit. If your office has a reputation for being cold (even in the winter months), you'll appreciate having this style to cozy up in at your desk.
A Silk Style: Vince Fitted Silk Button-Up Blouse
Treat your office wardrobe to a silky, timeless touch courtesy of this Vince Fitted Silk Button-Up Blouse ($281, originally $375). While many silk styles boast more of a slouchy and relaxed fit, this particular top has a more structured, flattering drape — ultimately providing a universally stylish fit. Plus, with the top's tuckable curved hem, you can easily slip the blouse under a high-waisted skirt or pair of tall trousers.
Best Tailored Work Top: Banana Republic Riley II Tailored Shirt
Not only is the office-ready Banana Republic Riley II Tailored Shirt ($70) super stylish, but it's also more breathable thanks to its loose-knit design. Plus, thanks to the blouse's high collar silhouette, you can easily accentuate the look with a chunky necklace or statement work bag, too.
An Elevated Sweater Vest: Sablyn Georgia Vest
This Sablyn Georgia Vest ($450) is truly a seasonal staple that's worth having incorporated into your work wardrobe all year long. You can easily wear the sleeveless style during the spring and summer months for a more relaxed (and cool!) look, or you can pair it with a cozy blazer for a layered ensemble during the winter months.
Best Satin Work Top: H&M V-Neck Blouse
While we love some of the more elevated office tops that are available these days, we also know that you can never go wrong with a classic. This H&M V-Neck Blouse ($25) encompasses the staple button-down shirt in a more modern (and silky) design. Shoppers can also browse the sleek blouse in a variety of fresh colorways (though this muted pink is definitely our favorite).
A Relaxed T-Shirt: Loft Ruffle Scoop Neck Tee
The classic white T-shirt get a serious elegant makeover through this one-of-a-kind Loft Ruffle Scoop Neck Tee ($20, originally $40). From the breathable scoop-neck design to the structured, ruffle accents on the sleeve, you can't go wrong with this top — especially when paired with work slacks and some delicate gold jewelry pieces.
A Textured Blouse: Loft Tiger Print Textured Ruffle Top
Contrary to popular opinion, work tops don't have to be dull — especially if they're as patterned and eye-catching as this Loft Tiger Print Textured Ruffle Top ($16, originally $50). The sleeveless top is elevated by ruffle accents and a daring, tiger-print-inspired design that can upgrade even the most minimalist style with a more playful flair.
Best Zara Work Top: Zara Satin Effect Top With Vents
Be the best dressed employee in your office this season with this Zara Satin Effect Shirt ($50). Unlike other, classic button-up styles, this top is wrapped in a silky and soft satin material that's as chic as it is comfortable. Whether you're wearing it alone or dressing it up with a chunky blazer, this blouse will have you feeling like a star from the moment you walk into work.
Best Pleated Work Top: H&M Pleated Top
Don't get us wrong, we love a pleated skirt as much as the next person. But something about this H&M Pleated Top ($30) speaks to us. Perhaps it's the flirty halter neckline, which helps to make the blouse a bit more breathable? Or maybe it's just the rich, green coloring? Either way, we're totally in love.
A White Button-Down: Frank & Eileen Frank Poplin Button Down Shirt
A white button-down shirt should be in everyone's closet — it's truly the most timeless, generational staple. And this Frank & Eileen Frank Poplin Button Down Shirt ($248) is especially great because it's comfortable, incredibly easy to style, and best of all, it even fits like a dream.