This should be fun! I’m compiling this based on reader request, and I’m going to do my best to put together a fun range of Work Tops, with the caveat that I work from home, and when I didn’t work from home, I mostly worked in a very casual industry (I was sometimes the only person at work wearing heels — which meant people always knew I was coming to talk to them, because they heard me clacking down the hallway). Sometimes, when I go shopping, I think to myself, “if I had an office job, I would TOTALLY buy that!” — so, yes, as ever I am Vicariously Shopping here.
As for myself, although I do work at home, there are times when I need to go out and look like a professional person. I wear so many silk tops. Those of you who were at Jasmine Guillory’s book signing at The Ripped Bodice in Culver City earlier this year literally witnessed as one of them disintegrated on my body. (It was this J.Crew silk top, but don’t read anything into the fact that it ripped to shreds around my armpit: I wore that blouse A LOT. I quite sincerely wore it to pieces.) Silk Long-Sleeved Blouse and Jeans is sort of my personal uniform. I replaced my EXPLODED BLOUSE with this one from Everlane, because J.Crew didn’t have any colors that moved me, and I really like it. I am five minutes away from being that woman who trawls consignment stores for silk tops; they are MY JAM. (Like, I want this one! But also I own like five silk blouses and that one costs a fortune and is ABSURD. Which is a huge problem of mine. I so often opt for whimsy and then have nothing serious to wear. Like, I really want this Oxford shirt with SKIERS all over it, although I do not ski.) Although, while we’re on the topic, I might as well note that my personal Very Favorite White Button Down is currently on sale at J.Crew Factory.
Anyway, here are some interesting Work Top Options for you, but PLEASE share your Work Top Tips for everyone in the comments. It turns out, Normal Work Tops are VERY hard to find. Why is everyone trying to reinvent the wheel here? It’s a shirt shitshow out there — everything has a SECRET RUFFLE or a cold shoulder, or you look at the back and THERE ISN’T ONE. People just want tops!
As ever: Like most websites, GFY uses affiliate links where available, which means we get a tiny bonus if you get yourself something new. I can assure you that all tops were personally chosen by me while I sat around drinking wine and watching election returns.