Just tie the color palette together with shoes focus on color and accessories: They are cut long, thick enough to cover my bra and yet not so bulky as to be uncomfortable under a suit jacket. They have non-iron, too, which are very nice. They are very soft and appropriate without the jacket and require few accessories. What makes a t-shirt appropriate for the office, or makes you absolutely love a button-front shirt?
A crisp, clean button-down shirt is an investment item and a basic foundation for your suit. Stick with solid neutral colors that easily transition through the seasons -- think black, white, gray or navy. A thin pinstripe is appropriate when paired with solid suits, but avoid an all-over print or design. Tuck your button-down into the waistband of your bottoms to maintain a polished and professional appearance.
A silk or jersey silk blouse adds feminine appeal to a tailored suit. Other opaque materials work as well, just avoid anything too revealing like sheer fabrics or lace. A neutral color is versatile, while interesting details like a high neckline, tie-neck or a Peter Pan collar add visual interest without being too trendy. Prints and embellishments are appropriate in creative work environments as long as they're small and don't overwhelm the ensemble.
Stick with sleeveless or cap sleeved blouse styles as they easily layer and keep you cool underneath your blazer. Opt for sleeves with cuffs so the sleeves do not ride up when you put on your jacket, causing bunching that ruins the line of the jacket sleeve. For collared blouses, keep the collar inside the jacket lapels for a crisp, vertical look that frames the face. What type of blouse you wear under a suit jacket also depends on whether you plan to remove the jacket.
In more conservative office settings, T-shirt-length sleeves are the shortest blouse sleeves that can be worn without being considered provocative. If you have a fabulous sleeveless blouse, you can still wear it with a suit jacket, but be mindful of the dress code before removing your jacket and possibly exposing too much. If you opt to wear a sweater instead of a blouse under a suit jacket, choose a lightweight cashmere, wool or silk. Anything heavier will likely be too warm and bulky.
The neckline can be a modest V-neck, rounded neckline, square neckline or turtleneck. Corporate culture and climate are the two factors you should consider before wearing a sweater instead of a blouse. But the material is very thin, so I wear a cami underneath, especially for the white one. The Ann Taylor Loft shirts sound perfect — I will have to check them out! Wearing one today, actually. They work well under suits. If it is so hot or I am lifting something that is so heavy I need to remove my jacket, I think any reasonable person in the same environment will understand why I have removed my jacket.
I find myself wearing sleeveless more often times than not, also. My favorite sleeveless cami is from Anne Klein — I own every color it comes in. Otherwise I have fit problems through the shoulders and upper arms, which leads to bunching under the blazer sleeve. I love prints under a suit. I prefer a large, colorful print under conservative suits, including pinstripe, navy, etc. I also like ruffles under a jacket instead of print. Because I have a large chest, I generally do not wear shirts that have ruffles around the chest only, but I would wear something like this under a khaki suit: I am very happy to see the trend of printed cardigans and particularly like them over a sheath: I treat a pinstripe as a neutral that I can wear anything with.
But all of the pinstripes I own are very subtle. This is the shirt: I try to stay away from matchy-matchy colors. So grey suit, no grey looking even blue grey tops. I also stay away from wrap tops. Hmmm… 8 sweater-ish tops, maybe blouses? Plus some work-appropriate t-shirts… definitely more than I need: Start with maybe 5 and build your collection over time.
When I started out I had 5 work outfits, and it was fine. I have no idea how many tops I have now, over 30 years later. I agree about not buying a ton before you start. I would also try to stay pretty neutral for the first few tops because they will give you more flexibility in the beginning-maybe a white, ivory, black, pastel blue, etc. Vibrant colors can be fairly memorable, so people may notice if you wear the same red shirt every week.
If you are trying to fly a little below the radar before showing your style, neutrals are best. Ditto to not liking button up shirts under suits. I am busty, and all that material ends up feeling and looking bulky. I like short sleeve, slightly fitted square neck is good too shells that I dont have to tuck in, so they hit about hip high.
Surprisingly hard to find good ones! Does anyone remember Casual Corner faux silk button down shirts? I loved those back in the day. So funny that you ask about Casual Corner. Last week I wore a black jacket from Petite Sophisicate, and I received so many compliments.
It made me miss those stores. I wear short sleeve silk or wool sweaters and a nice silk scarf to add color and to look more professional and pulled together. Thomas Pink have beautiful, fitted button up shirts. I do not like silk — i get sweaty in silk. This is a perpetual pain in the neck problem. I am so glad to see I am not alone with this dilemma. A simple scoop-neck tank top is pretty much all I ever wear.
Cowl necks of any kind. They look lovely by themselves, but the cowlneck just never seems to sit right with the lapels of the blazer. Wearing short sleeves beneath blazers and suit jackets helps prolong the number of wears before you need to visit the drycleaner.
Check out our Guide to the Best Tops under Suits! They never look right on me. The only solution I found is, oddly enough, from VS. Valerie City Life Eats: Both body shape and owning your look are key!
Finally, some other thoughts on blouses for under suits: It lies flat under suits and cardis, and washes so well (does not get misshapen or fade). The fabric is very soft, yet substantial/not sheer. It’s pricey for a basic top at $46, but there are always sales on colors that are being discontinued. Free shipping and returns on Women's Shirts & Blouses Work Clothing at xianggangdishini.gq Many women assume that a suit jacket can cover a multitude of shirt styles -- anything from a tank top to a bulky sweater -- and render these styles professional. Getting the look right isn't quite that easy. Basic colors and blouse styles are the safest way to avoid a social misstep, regardless of.