Ask Belle: Tops That Don’t Have to Be Tucked
Oct 20, 2014
I desperately need new work tops to wear to my big-law job. The problem? I don’t look good in flowy/drapey/slouchy/boxy tops, but that’s all that seems to be available this fall. Even the sweaters are oversized! I need structured tops (not button-downs, but tops that can be left untucked and look professional, not too long). Please help.
love the blog, S.
S, I feel your pain. I hate when the tails of my tops hang out, but I loathe tucking shirts into my jeans. Truly structured tops are hard to find in moderate price points, but I found a few that eliminate some of your issues.
This Boden blouse is a great example of a top that can be tailored to be boxy or fitted. A side-seam adjustment is an inexpensive alteration that can give your tops a great shape. I also found this affordable Forever21 top in a bright blue, and this wine-colored Dorothy Perkins top (also in tall and petite).
I bought this Theory blouse at the Bloomingdale’s F&F sale. I didn’t think I would like it because the gathered hem isn’t may favorite, but I love it. The color is a gorgeous pine green, and the fit is much more structured than I thought it would be. This navy blouse from Joie has a similar look without being too drapey.
The last style that I would suggest is a peplum top. If you can find one that has a slimmer peplum, like this WHBM number, it will define the waist and create the illusion of an hourglass shape. Rebecca Taylor and BCBG offer tops with a similarly structured shape. But my favorite tailored peplum top comes from Asos–it’s crisp, it’s gorgeous, it’s $35.
Plus-size ladies should have a look at this Alfani top with a gathered hem. I didn’t find any others with a strong structure, so if you would like to share a tailored plus-size blouse, please do so in the comments.