Autumn Business Capsule Wardrobe Part 4 – Tops

Next in the series to create a business capsule wardrobe are the tops. These are where the colour and individuality can be added. Taking a classic navy suit and adding your own twist with a colourful shell top or individual blouse is how you start to add your personality to your business wear.

Starting with shell tops:

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Shell tops from Damsel in a Dress, LK Bennett, Hobbs, Jigsaw

With or without sleeves these work under suits for formal days or with more casual separates for Dress Down Friday. They can add a much needed injection of colour to your neutral suit. This is a good place to add seasonal accent colours and for bringing one of your best colours close to your face, especially if you have to wear a dark suit that is too harsh for your colouring.

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Shell top Smart and dress Down Friday

Suit, Trousers, Cardigan, Court shoes and Flat suede shoes all LK Bennett.


Softer than a shirt these add femininity to a more masculine cut of suit. In silk, georgette or viscose choose one in a stand out colour or pattern or a pretty pastel or floral. Avoid too much detail if you have a large bust – a crossover style will work well for you.

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Blouses from Jigsaw, Somerset, French Connection, Hobbs, Gerard Darel

Jersey Tops

The easy wear and care option that sits as well under a suit as it does a knit for less formal office wear. Choose prints and plains to give maximum mileage to your neutral skirts and trousers.

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Jersey tops from John Lewis, Phase Eight, Phase Eight and Fenn Wright Manson.

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Suit Jacket and Skirt Gerard Darel, Shoes LK Bennett, Navy skirt Hobbs, Shoes LK Bennett.

Above – softening a masculine suit with florals and frills. A fitted crossover jersey top balances out a full skirt – both good for curvy women.


The more traditional business option of the shirt doesn’t have to be boring. Choose a silk or print option or go for a bright colour. I’m not a big fan of the masculine tailored white shirt, firstly because pure white isn’t flattering on most women and secondly they aren’t designed for our feminine curves. So unless you choose one with a stretch element you’d be better going for  softer fabric. The best silk shirts come from French company Equipment (see the black one below) and although they are beautifully made and designed to last a lifetime you won’t get much change from £250.

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Shirts from Winser, Jigsaw, Equipment, Jigsaw, Wishbone.

So that’s the tops that make up the capsule wardrobe – next week it’s knits.

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