Wardrobe Staple the Humble Shell Top

The shell top is a wardrobe staple. Worn under suits for work, with jeans at the weekend or with a skirt or trousers for the evening. And this season there are so many lovely ones to choose from. Maximum points go to Hobbs who have the best range from monochrome to feminine florals. And if you have dismissed East as a little on the frumpy side take another look. When you’ve sifted through the flower power prints there are actually a few great tops with jersey back and silk front at brilliant prices.

Colours this season are blue – from powder to deep navy and everything in between – pink, peach and red or the aforementioned monochrome.

Here is a selection of my favorites with prices from below £50 to just under £100.


wardrobe staple, shell top

From top left – Boden, Pure Collection, Jigsawicon, L.K. Bennett, Hobbsicon, East

Pinks, peaches and Orange:

wardrobe staple, shell top

Hobbsicon, Jigsawicon, L.K. Bennett, Pure Collection, Jigsawicon, East


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Hobbsicon, East, Hobbs

And shown below styling tips for casual, smart and dressy:

wardrobe staple, shell top

Jeans Boden, Suit Hobbsicon, Silk trousers Pure Collection, all shoes L.K. Bennett

If you buy from Pure Collection get our special Capsule Wardrobes discount of 15% by using code CWSS15 at the checkout.


    • Maria
      February 23, 2014 / 11:58 am

      That one is my favourite too – such a pretty print. They do it in a dress too, so tempting.