Figuring out what to wear to work shouldn’t be a bore. To make your weekdays easier, welcome to Business Casual. Every Wednesday, we’ll highlight the best office-appropriate clothes, whether it’s for the job you have or the one you want.
Whenever anyone rattles off a list of closet staples, it usually sounds like this: the perfect pair of jeans, a white T-shirt that is just loose enough around the body, and a classic button-down, preferably also in white. That last basic is undeniably the one piece that gets the most wear between the office and the weekend. But while white button-downs are great at making you feel properly businesslike, they can get a little stale. Consider adding to your weekday rotation a crisp, cotton poplin top in the same color.
Cotton poplin is the same fabric found in your button-down, so these shirts offer the same unwrinkled, polished appearance. It’s the cut that lets you go as conservative or wild as you want. If you’re looking for something more classic, Carven and COS both offer options around $100. Should you want a little more flair — a big sleeve, a ruffle, pearls — your choices are endless. Scroll down to see our current favorites.
The One That'll Impress Your Stylish Co-Worker
The Trendy One
A Not-Too-Crazy Runway-Inspired Style
The Lunch-Friendly One
On days when you’d rather skip the sad desk salad for a Chipotle burrito, pick a shirt with an elastic waist and a gentle ruffle.
The Classic Option
If you don’t want to stray too far from your favorite button up, this version features a smattering of buttons and a bib front like a tuxedo shirt.
Original Price: $290
The One You Want to Wear During a Heat Wave
Yes, it’s almost mid-August but hot weather doesn’t stop just because the calendar says it’s Labor Day. Keep this one on hand for those freakish 90-plus days in September.
Original Price: $480
The Fancy Designer Option on Sale
Consuelo Castiglioni might not be at Marni, but her beloved designs are still available and on discount, too.
Original Price: $680
The Pretty Splurge
Three delicate pearls dot each sleeve of this top, giving it a special touch that doesn’t feel too ostentatious for the office.
The Lazy One
If you’re looking for a plain top that you literally can throw over your head in the morning, you can’t get any more basic than this.
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