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Style Guide: Women’s Fashion Tops

One of our wardrobe staples is the must-have fashion top! This style is seen in anything from basic tees, work-appropriate blouses, summery camis and crops and plenty more. As they say, women’s tops can instantly transform an outfit, by adding colour, sophistication or style to a neutral pant or women’s skirt.

However, it’s all about wearing styles that work for you, your body shape, personal style and lifestyle.

It’s simply a matter of getting to know your personal style (body figure, face shape and colours that work on your skin tone). Some top styles look better on others, and some necklines, especially the high neck or turtleneck may really not be your thing. Other factors that are worth considering when you’re buying fashion tops are: neckline, length and hem shape, sleeve shape and more.

As a general rule, it’s all about thinking of what you actually need, what goes with existing items in your wardrobe and where you are going to wear your top.

Some of the key styles essential in any girls wardrobe are:

  • The basic tee: 

Invest in good quality knits seen in black, white, grey or classic stripes. Perfect for layering or teaming with a pair of your favourite denims.

  • The classic white shirt:

Perfect for the office, a classic white shirt is a must-have for your working wardrobe. Team with a pencil skirt or tapered pants for a meeting or swap with denims and leopard print flats.

  • The printed cami:

Add a floral printed cami, animal print, photographic – whatever the style nothing adds an instant lift to your outfit more than a printed cami. Team with jeans, a flounce hem skirt or a midi.

  • The pussy-tie blouse: 

A feminine take on the work blouse, a pussy-tie blouse seen in a gorgeous silk or chiffon is the perfect way to add a girlie touch to your working style. Transition seamless from desk to play with a printed skirt and killer heels.

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When choosing these basic tops, it’s important to pick which neckline works best for your body shape.

The right neckline can take pounds off your frame, elongate or shorten your neck/torso and also help fill out a small chest. In short, the right neckline can be a quick-fix to our common body figure-issues!

In general, there 3 pointers to keep in mind when buying a women’s top are:
1. Your Bust Size

Small busts look great wearing higher necklines like turtlenecks or boat necklines, whereas larger busts look fabulous in deep v-shaped necklines or scoop necks.

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2. Your Face Shape & Neck Length

Low and slim necklines help trim down a full face and elongate a short-to-average neck – while a higher and wider neckline shortens a long neck and widens a narrow face.

3. Your Body Shape

The right neckline can help balance out your body figure. It can make your curves look slimmer by creating a proportional body silhouette, giving you curves in all the right places.

Determine if you have a prominent shoulders and chest or vice versa. This helps you place focus on choosing a neckline that either slims or widens.

So if you feel that your shoulders are narrow (compared to your lower body), add width to them with straighter and higher necklines. Or if you’re self-conscious about your wide shoulders or bust and want to make the size difference between your lower and upper body less obvious – work with a neckline that slims, drawing the eye up and down such as a V-neck or a low scoopneck.

 

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