Weekdays are rough, especially now that mornings are dark and chilly. One way to make things easier is by investing in a few good, long-sleeved dresses. Another way? Stocking up on pretty blouses that pair equally well with your skirts and pants as they do with jeans. Layered under sweaters or blazers, they’re going help round out your wardrobe so that you have one less thing to think about at 7 a.m. Scroll ahead to see some of our favorites.
There’s really nowhere better to buy work clothes than Uniqlo. At $30 per shirt, grab a few and you won’t spend your mornings looking for something to wear.
A plain black blouse sounds like it’d be boring, but this one features full sleeves and a slightly cropped hem. Wear it with a high-waisted skirt or pants.
Need a silk blouse but can’t stomach paying more than $100? Everlane’s version is just as good as any of the more expensive styles, though the color selection is not as expansive.
If you’re looking for something more fun than your typical solid-colored shirt, try this graphic button-up. Work in a more conservative place? Pair it with black pants or a skirt. Work somewhere creative? Try a bright color or contrasting pattern.
Just because this top costs $40 doesn’t mean it looks cheap. The rich red color feels much more expensive.
Are you the type to only wear white shirts? Head to COS, where you’ll find so many versions you’ll never feel bored.
You can wear this shirt two ways, owing to the removable straps that fasten at the wrists.
Sometimes you just want a pretty, patterned blouse to wear with a pencil skirt and heels. This is the one to get.
Worn with jeans and flats, you have an easy weekend outfit. Swap in black cropped pants and you’re ready for work.
This print is not for everyone — it’s almost too vintage-looking. But worn with jeans, it feels really fresh.
So it’s not quite millennial pink, but this bright-fuchsia top is another way to avoid defaulting to neutrals this winter.
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