23 feminine tops that aren’t at all prissy

I’m basically allergic to anything too prissified, but a girl also gets tired of wearing button-down shirts every day. So I’m on the hunt for tops that feel feminine without crossing the line. Most of the pieces I like have one or two fladylike flourishes but are otherwise clean-lined, like this gorgeous leopard print blouse. Possibly you think a pussy bow is the very definition of prissy, but I like to wear them untied.

Of course I like this because I’m still on a bit of a yellow kick, but the subtle dot pattern under the floral print is aces too.

This slightly spendy red number would be perfect under a blazer.

Just a cute little eyelet top for wearing on its own right now, or later on under a chunky cardigan.

This Universal Standard wrap top is waitlisted, but it is so pretty—and that blue is so good—that I feel it might be worth waiting for.

This manages to be menswearish and feminine at the same time, which is a cool trick.

A flutter sleeve top that looks like Ulla Johnson, minus the Ulla Johnson price tag.

The pleating here keeps this top relaxed yet really chic.

I like the twist at the neckline and the excellent snakeskin print here. Another good one for wearing under a blazer.

This looks like a great vintage store find—retroish, but not costumey.

Click through and zoom in on the print on this Joie top—eensy red and black hearts, which is fun.

A ruffle sleeve is usually not too far up my alley, but the cut here is otherwise so clean that it works.

The most refined hippie girl top I’ve maybe ever seen.

A grey floral is kind of unexpected and very elegant.

This leopard print wrap top has serious dress-it-up dress-it-down potential.

The pale pink floral print here is just glorious.

I’d wear this wrap top with an A-line denim skirt.

The graceful neckline here is just so good. This top isn’t exactly cheap, but I think it looks way pricier than it is.

I’m always a sucker for well-deployed smocking.

The bold red and blue print here is pleasingly graphic.

The bow almost crosses the line into priss territory, but I dig this Coach top anyway.

Just a good classic black floral.

And finally: this is a button-down, which isn’t too feminine on the face of it, but the color combination is just so sweet, and it’s silk, which drapes so beautifully.

Monday links

  • These paintings by artist Philip Barlow, of cityscapes at night, are just gorgeous. (Colossal)
  • Meanwhile, this footage of hummingbirds frolicking in a bird feeder is quite relaxing. (Kottke)
  • I’m a little late to the party here, but this interview with Kathleen Turner is a real pip. (Vulture)
  • A rather fascinating interview with a diagnosed psychopath. (The Cut via Go Fug Yourself)
  • I enjoyed this roundup of 24 spooky chicks from the movies. (Revelist)

Everything in this post is $100 or less

Friday’s post was on the pricey side, so I thought I might balance things out today with some astonishingly good buys, like these spiffy windowpane-check trousers from Uniqlo.

I think I’m going to have to spring for this v-neck tee, because it’s got a nice, deep neckline and also looks (and I know this is a phrase I over-use) quite excellently slouchy.

An A-line leopard print skirt that will take you straight into fall.

A classic tote with no extraneous hardware, just how I like them.



From Universal Standard: slightly distressed black jeans with a clean and flattering cut.

This silk shirt is such a lovely shade of pale pink.

A zebra-stripe wrap skirt that would look fantastic with a white tee, just as shown.

This streamlined tunic comes in a multitude of hues, but I like this deep plum best.

I’d layer on the necklaces with this incredibly easy T-shirt dress.

A button-front corduroy skirt that feels very Seventeen magazine back-to-school issue, circa 1981.

I really dig red and yellow together, which is why this floral dress appeals.

And the poppy-bright floral on this skirt is pretty good too, and would be nice in the fall too with a big sweater and tall boots.

I’d dress this satin shirt down with jeans, or all the way up with a slim black pencil skirt.

A shirt jacket (Topshop calls them “shackets”) that will be perfect for the cooler nights soon to come.

This subtly striped skirt would be perfect for when you’re in the mood to go matchy-clashy.

A crisp Universal Standard popover that has just a hint of stretch. If I worked in an office and they manufactured in my size, I would totally own this shirt.

This pretty twist front top is that rarest of things: a brown garment that I actually really like. It’s only left in a few sizes, but it’s so pretty I included it anyway.

Another rarity: a denim skirt that does not stop at mid-thigh. And I like the bold zipper up front.

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