Style by Claire Lopez

Back to Work: The September Issue

The kids are back to school and for me September always feels more like a new start than ever January does – probably because I am curled up in a ball feeling pretty miserable with the dark days and horrible weather. So with that in mind, the start of the month and the beginning of autumn is the perfect time to make sure you workwear wardrobe is up to scratch for the season ahead. For this workwear issue, I’m going back to basics and looking at the ideal foundation to any work ensemble – the perfect blouse/top.

You can never have too many good quality cream tops – they’re versatile, will keep your outfit looking light and bright and can often work well beyond 9-5. You need a variety of sleeve lengths depending on the weather so here are my top picks to suit every budget:

Woven Front V Neck Top £85 Reiss

A total no brainer, wardrobe staple – this is perfect with or without a jacket.

Daria Top £65 Boden

Super simple, it’ll work with everything.

Amanda Top £55 Boden

The Victorian frill collar is a thing this season.

Silk Sleeveless Top with Victorian Collar £175 Claudie Pierlot

If you want something a bit more interesting then this is lovely.

Ivory Puff Sleeve Top £69 Mint Velvet

This is gorgeous – a slight puff to the sleeve which is a nice, wearable nod to the big sleeve trend. All in all a modern piece that will do it all from the office to the weekend. It is in a very lovely viscose crepe which makes it look more expensive than the price tag would suggest. And it comes in black – I’ll have both please!

V Neck Blouse £115 Reiss

Another easy-wear wardrobe icon here.

Matilda Silk Blouse £120 Boden

With just the right amount of detail, you’ll reach for this time and again.

Flowing V Neck Top £175 Claudie Pierlot

This is a real beauty that has gorgeous lace detail on the cuffs. Perfect for work or with jeans.

Sheer Sleeve Satin Top £149 ME+EM

Another super easy win to wear under a jacket. Would also look fab in a casual or evening context with denim or coated jeans.

Victorian Collar Loose Shirt £185 Claudie Pierlot

I’m not a super frilly kinda girl but I love this to soften a pair of tailored trousers, with culottes or even a mini.

Arabella Lace Top £90 Boden

Going for something textured is a great idea. This top will look just as good with tailoring as it will with jeans.

Keyhole Detail Blouse £125 Reiss

A classic style made modern with the dropped shoulder. You may need to size down so the shoulder doesn’t dominate too much.

Button Detail Long Sleeved Top £135 Reiss

This is a lovely, modern style – not an under a jacket piece but a stand-alone statement. Just beware the dropped shoulders as they won’t be for everyone.

So if it’s time to hit refresh on your 9-5 wardrobe, this is the place to start.

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