Style by Claire Lopez

Workwear Special: The Power of the Puff

Often the hardest thing to find are the basics – the building blocks of your wardrobe that you turn to time and again. They may not be the showstoppers but they are the hardest working items and for this month’s workwear special I have a whole host of great tops for you with one thing in common – a puff sleeve. And that is what makes these basics anything but boring.

Nelly Shell Top £79 Whistles

This comes in white as well as the black. With the perfect amount of detailing to make it stand out on its own and plain enough to work under a jacket too. This is something that is just as good with a tailored trouser as it is with denim, making it score well in the cost per wear test.

Nelly Ruched Long Sleeved Top £89 Whistles

Same same but long sleeved. However, it’s already sold out in a number of sizes online.

Ruched Sleeve Top £26 Warehouse

This is very similar to the Whistles style and comes in coral, black and a light khaki. Love this for a night out, in the office with tailoring or even with jeans and flats for a smart/casual look.

Smocked Shoulder Blouse £99 Whistles

This is part of Whistles’ Sustainable Edit as it has been made partially from recycled polyester. A great blouse for the office with eco credentials. Double tick.

Mint Velvet Puff Sleeve Top was £69 now £45 John Lewis

I’ve featured this before but now this is reduced, it’s even more appealing.

Puffed Sleeves Blouse £35.99 Mango

So you want a white shirt without it looking like a white shirt? Well this is your man. It will go with your jeans, with wide legged trousers, with tapered leg trousers, with pencil skirts…a good all-rounder for sure. Hop over to Instagram to see me in this on my feed.

Puff Sleeves t-shirt £12.99 Mango

Yes ok it’s a t-shirt so won’t do for a super formal office environment, but it is the perfect smart/casual everyday basic and something you can easily pair with skirts, tailored trousers and denim alike. Versatility personified. These come in black, off white and a lovely deep pink. Plus these are part of Mango’s Committed range which means they are made from organic cotton. Whistles also has a very similar style for £55 which is sold out in the black but has stock in white.

Puff Sleeve Poplin Mix Top £25 Warehouse

A t-shirt with cotton sleeves which makes this way more interesting than your basic tee and you can definitely do a lot more with it than just sticking it on with jeans. This comes in black and white but hurry as there is low stock on a number of sizes.


So if you feel your basics are in need of an upgrade, then look no further and get in on the sleeve action.



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