The Hunt: The Best Sleeveless Tops, Shells, and Blouses for Work

our favorite sleeveless tops, blouses, and shellsSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have. Wondering how to use wardrobe basics like this? Check out our challenge with four weeks of work outfit ideas!

Sleeveless tops are a basic in every woman’s work wardrobe — but which ones are the best? These are some of the best-selling styles we’ve mentioned in the past, all rounded up in one place — I’d love to hear your favorites that aren’t included here. As I’ve noted in the past, these aren’t necessarily my favorite tops to wear under blazers or other dry-clean-only clothes — call me a weirdo, but I like to have sleeves (even short sleeves) to better separate my body from the clothes that need expensive cleaning. (You may want to check out our post on the best tees for layering if that sounds more like your speed.) That said… a sleeveless top is much better for layering and creating clean lines beneath cardigans and blazers. I like that all of these tops cover the bra strap entirely; they also have pretty high arm holes and relatively high necklines — they’re very different from camisoles we’ve featured in the past. (As we’ve cautioned in the past, know your office — sleeveless looks aren’t always considered professional or conservative enough by themselves; only layered beneath things.)

Readers,  which are your favorite sleeveless tops for work — and how do you wear them? What’s  your preferred price range (most of these are under $50!) — and where do you buy your sleeveless tops? 

See our roundup, after the jump…

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39 Great President’s Day Sales for Workwear!

Happy President’s Day, ladies! There are always some great sales afoot — here are some of our favorites. Have you seen any great sales today?

  • 6PM Up to 70% off MSRP (lots from Kate Spade, Nine WestZac Posen, London Times, Taylor, and Tommy Hilfiger (mostly totes))
  • Aerie – 10 for $35, ALL undies
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off full-price styles with code GETMORE, extra 50% off sale styles
  • Anthropologie – Extra 40% off
  • ASOS – 15% off everything, including sale, with code PREZDAY
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase
  • Barneys Warehouse – Up to 70% off when you take 40% off select designer styles
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Free gift card: $75 when you spend $500, $150 when you spend $1,000, $400 when you spend $2,000, $1,000 when you spend $5,000+ with code BGFEB.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save 20–50% on select regular-price items and 60–75% on almost all already-reduced items
  • Boden – 20% off 2/19–2/25; 15% off 2/26; 10% off 2/27 — (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • Brooks Brothers – 25% off fall and winter – don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers!)
  • Club Monaco – 25% off purchase of $200+ with code REFRESH
  • Dressbarn – Mix and match tops & denim: buy one get one 50% off (regular-price styles)
  • Eloquii – 40% off dresses, pants, and jackets & free top when you buy one with code NEEDTHIS
  • Express – 40% off everything
  • French Connection – Extra 60% off sale
  • J.Crew – 30% off plus extra 10% off & free shipping with code SOGOOD
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything and extra 50% off clearance & free shipping with code EVENBETTER 
  • GiGi New York – 20% off sitewide (full-price items)
  • H&M – 20% off $100, bestsellers up to 60% off
  • Kate Spade New York – Extra 30% off all sale styles with code SPARKLE
  • Lands’ End – Friends & Family Sale: 30% off full-price styles with code FAMILY and PIN 2714 – Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Lands’ End!
  • Last Call – Extra 10% off sale items, including clearance, with code EXTRA10; extra 30-75% off every thing
  • L.K. Bennett – Spend $400 and save 20% on full-price styles with code SAVE20
  • Loft – Extra 60% off all sale styles; 40% off your purchase of full-price styles 
  • Lord & Taylor – 20% off regular-priced and sale items with code PRESIDENT; $20 off $160+ purchase with code BONUS
  • Macy’s – Extra 20% off (10-15% in select departments) with code PRES; 10% off $25+ purchase (select departments) with code PRES25; lingerie event, 25–40% off select styles
  • Madewell – Extra 20% off all sale styles with code HAPPYDANCE
  • Mango – 30% off purchases over $150; 20% off purchases over $100 with code MNG
  • Naturalizer – Extra 25% off sale and free shipping with code TIME2SAVE
  • New York & Company – $19.99 Pant & Jean Event + doorbusters; 50% off suiting pants, jackets, and skirts + other jeans. Redlines 80% off; free shipping
  • Nordstrom – Winter Sale: Up to 40% off through 2/25
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack: Extra 20% off clearance for up to 65% off 
  • The Outnet – Extra 40% off (purchases are final sale)
  • Saks – Free gift card when you shop shoes or bags: $35 gift card with $250 purchase; $75 gift card with $500 purchase; $150 gift card with $1,000 purchase; $450 gift card with $2,000 purchase; $700 gift card with $3,000 purchase with code BAGSSHOES.
  • Saks OFF 5TH – Extra 25% off clearance apparel (select styles); up to 80% off select designers
  • Shopbop – Calvin Klein underwear sale: save 25% on select styles
  • Talbots – Pant-A-Monium: All sale pants $19.99 (wow) – don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!
  • Target – Up to 30% off home items; 20% off clothing

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How to Buy a Bra

Sizing for women’s clothing can be incredibly frustrating in general (meaningless numbers! vanity sizing! different sizing among brands!), but figuring out how to buy a bra that fits can be even worse. It’s pretty easy to tell if, say, a shirt fits you, but so many of us are wearing the wrong size of bra every day (which we’ve been told ad nauseum). Maybe you’ve lost or gained weight without buying a new one, maybe you feel like your bra fits well enough because you don’t realize you’ve never worn the appropriate size, or maybe you’ve simply given up on buying a size that feels just right.

We haven’t specifically talked about how to buy a bra before, although we recently had an open thread about readers’ favorite lingerie for office looks, we’ve discussed bra care (including washing, rotating, etc.), and a couple of years ago we specifically gave workwear style tips for busty women.

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Here are some tips on how to buy a bra that fits well, feels comfortable, and makes you look even better in your clothes:

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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Brooks Brothers

Welcome to today’s installment in our ongoing series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At ___, based around the idea that if you’re ordering from a new-to-you store online, it’s great to be able to consider all the bestsellers/classics/hits at once. Today, we’re looking at how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers — you can also check out how to build a work wardrobe at Lands’ EndTalbots, and Boden (and eventually view the entire series on how to build a work wardrobe).women's classics to buy at brooks brothers

Brooks Brothers is a bastion of classic, sophisticated dressing, with a bit of a New England, WASPy, academic, preppy vibe, and if you’re looking for a place to get started with workwear, this is a great option if your budget allows. Particularly if you’ve been struggling with trying to dress appropriately and conservatively enough for work, Brooks Brothers is an excellent place to get familiar with — it can be fun in that preppy sort of way, but it’s all appropriate for the office.

We’ll go through a few of Brooks Brothers’ classic pieces below, but you should know that in general they have great clearance sales, and their much more affordable line, Red Fleece, is designed for younger women and is a little more playful and fun in terms of their twinsets, suits, dresses, and more. Another thing to note at the outset is that their accessories section has great brooches, necklaces, and a lot of other good accessories like simple, chic pumps, and handbags (especially check these during BB’s excellent clearance sales).

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Weekend Wednesday: What Are Your Weekend Sneakers — and Why?

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For today’s Weekend Wednesday, let’s talk about sneakers…specifically, which sneakers do you wear, and why?  Obviously sneakers are not appropriate at most offices unless you’ve got a very casual office. But almost everyone needs a pair of sneakers for the weekend (whether you’re canvassing for office, hitting an outlet mall, or just having brunch). And I’m always interested by how many women, myself included, sort of have a base sneaker that you choose again and again for “fashion” more than any athletic purpose. For me it’s Converse, which as I’ve noted, I’ve always associated with a wacky, outsider, sarcastic kind of persona — the kind of persona that I really identified with in my youth. I’ve stuck with Chucks, even though they don’t feel 100% me anymore, in part because the other sneaker brands feel even less like me since I have associations with those, too. Keds = My Grandmother. Vans = My friend J. (Nothing against J; they look great on him — they’re just not me.) (And today’s question honestly has nothing to do with judging other people — it’s more like the Amy Poehler idea of “good for you, not for me” — there is no right answer because obviously all of the different sneakers are hugely popular. I just think it’s interesting how we identify different personality traits or style personas with different sneakers, sometimes very strongly.) [Read more…]

What Are Your Favorite Stores for Winter Coats?

favorite stores for winter coats

Alas, I think I’ve waited too long to do my Hunt for winter coats, as there are only lucky sizes left for everything I like. So instead, let’s have a discussion about three things:

  • where would you go if you’re looking for an AFFORDABLE BUT DEPENDABLY WARM COAT?
  • where would you go if you were looking for a STATEMENT COAT (that’s slightly affordable)?
  • where would you go if you were buying an INVESTMENT COAT?

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