Ask Belle: Seven Sleeveless Tops for Work

Jul 20, 2015

Dear Belle,

I wear a lot of blazers and cardigans and I’m always looking for tops to wear under them.  I’ve been shopping for some printed or patterned sleeveless tops, but everything I find has a tropical print.  I do not want to wear palm fronds to work.  Help!

Tara

I laughed when I read this because if I see one more palm-frond print, I may lose it.  From wide-leg, linen pants to sundresses, it seems like every fashion blogger is suddenly dressing for a beach vacation.  But what is stylish on vacation is not right for the office.

You didn’t specify a price range, so I pulled from the under-$100 price point.  Here are a few options that caught my eye.

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Maison Jules Sleeveless Blouse ($47)

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Calvin Klein Mandarin Collar Blouse ($59)

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Classiques Entier Sleeveless Blouse ($89, also in petite)

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H&M Wrap Style Blouse ($25)

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Rebecca Taylor Summer Rain Print ($99)

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Pleione Sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse ($35, also in petite)

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Vince Camuto Sorbet Squares Top ($59)

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  1. Monica says:

    Some of these are very cute, but I see you have the same problem I have had recently.

    So many tops these days are 100% poly and I cannot bear wearing polyester, especially in the summer. Wish I could find some shells that are a comfortable natural fiber, but it seems you have to go with silk or linen which seems to increase the cost or maintenance quite a bit. Dry cleaning for silk and hand washing for linen!

  2. SN says:

    Pure silk washes well. So does linen. People washed both for centuries.

    • RLG says:

      +1. Gentle cycle, cold wash, hang to dry. Iron on the silk setting (warmer than poly, cooler than cotton).

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