If you opened any woman’s wardrobe, you will notice a pattern. A couple of pairs of denims, some trousers, a few summer dresses, a odd gown, a jacket or two and some tunics in the mix. And then there will be tops. A mind-boggling array of tops, easily outnumbering all the other elements put together!
So why do women need so many of them? Simply because there are so many kinds of tops, so much that, even if they have one of each kind, the wardrobe would have a dizzying number of tops. Moreover, tops are an easy and cost-effective way to add a new life to one’s wardrobe – just buy a handful of new ones – some tees, a few shirts and some blouses and you have new stuff to wear through the week. This inevitably makes them the go-to garment when women think of sprucing up their wardrobe. As a result, there is a common perception that you can never have too many of them in the wardrobe!
But if you are looking at building a wholesome wardrobe, there is a more intelligent way of buying tops rather than the brute force method of buying them in bulk. You can start with some classic styles that will never go out of fashion, then pick some tops for the day and then for the night - in a selection that includes formal, casual and party wear tops that will have you covered for any occasion. So what would such a selection include? Here is a list.
These are tops that can be worn during the day, when you are out with friends or for a shopping trip. Comfortable and stylish, casual tops will pair well with denims, Capri pants, skirts or even shorts. Must have in this collection are this season’s hottest tops – crop tops. Include plain, printed and striped crop tops that will amp up your cool quotient. Add a basic white tee and a black tee to the bag, for you just can’t do without them. And while you are at it, pick up some waist length numbers with ruffle detailing or one-shouldered designs that are slightly dressier than regular tops. If you are looking at something that is apt for summers, choose sleeveless tops like vests or tank tops in vibrant colours and bold prints. They could even be worn during the winters with a jacket thrown over them.
Last but not the least, some timeless classic pieces like a monochrome sleeveless top, a white layered top and a shirt with gingham prints will help you round up your collection of casual tops.
Smart and well-tailored tops paired with sharp trousers or skirts look elegant and sophisticated – perfect for work or formal gatherings. A crisp white shirt is necessary and not optional on this list and so is a silk blouse in a pastel shade. Choose tops with minimal detailing so as to not look over the top during the day. For colder days, invest in a lush cashmere top that accentuates the right curves. Optionally, you could even add another layer in the form of a sweater or a jacket over a solid top on colder days.
You can add some variation to your collection by picking a slightly longer formal top or a tunic. Choose textured fabrics like linen or khadi with smart detailing like pintucks or pleats. We suggest having not more than ten formal tops because the magic is in mixing and matching the basics in such a way that every look appears novel and one-of-a-kind. All you need is some versatile accessories and an inventive mind!
We just have one word here for you – bling! Party wear tops need to be bright, shiny and shimmery and all that jazz. Pick styles that are either entirely made of shiny fabrics or have dazzling embellishments. Sequins and mirrors are a good way to add glitter to your outfit. For a night out in the town, stock up on tops with interesting silhouettes like off-shoulder, one-shoulder, asymmetric hemlines or strappy designs in fluidic fabrics. If you are going dancing, barely-there tops paired with a sequinned jacket are a surefire way to get people’s pulses racing. Pair these with a figure hugging skirt or leather pants and we guarantee that all the eyes at the party are going to be on you!
And that’s it. These three broad categories of tops are all you need to build a comprehensive collection. Like with everything else, the key is to mix, match and experiment. The same top can be worn with denims and skirts to achieve different looks. Accessorise wisely with scarves, necklaces and jackets to work wonders with a limited collection of tops. One you get a hang of pairing pieces to get different looks, you will never have to stare at your wardrobe anymore and worry about what to wear!