23 cute spring tops under $125

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A drawstring sleeve blouse with a print sophisticated enough to be from Maria Cornejo.

I might have to do a post on yellow clothes soon, because I’m suddenly and inexplicably attracted to that color. Doesn’t it look fantastic on this otherwise straightforward plaid button down?

A sweet ruffle-neck blouse that comes in a lot of colors, though I would (predictably) go for it in black.

This chic white shirt also comes in a very good bright blue, if you’re interested.

A pretty perfect drapey black button-down.

And here’s a chambray shirt that I find pretty ideal as well.

A stylish little short sleeved white shirt for throwing on with just about anything.

I just think the green on this puff sleeve top is so bright and happy.

This blue shirt is a kind of preppy way to have fun with the tie-dye trend.

This leopard print tee is just so perfectly slouchy.

The gathered waist on this cowl neck top would be nifty for camouflaging a stomach pooch.

This balloon sleeve button-front top would be adorable with khaki chinos.

A peasant top that’s ladylike and flirty without being prissy.

I love the cute little floral print on this top from Madewell.

And speaking of things that run the risk of being prissy but aren’t, I like the nice clean lines on this tie-neck blouse.

The variegated stripes here are fun, and an easy way to get a matchy-clashy effect without lifting a finger.

And here are more variegated stripes, this time on a perfectly cute short-sleeved button-down.

This cool helney top also comes in a pretty trippy green print if you’re interested.

An Irish linen button-down that looks like it’d be the most comfortable thing in the world after a few washes.

Again with the yellow! This long-sleeved striped tee is just aces.

This plaid top comes in several colorways, but this pink one is my favorite.

A collarless button-down with green stripes that’d be ideal for your next work Zoom call.

The print here reminds me of something that would cost a whole lot more from Isabel Marant.

 

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    Margo
    16 Mar 2021
    4:13pm

    Nice selection–first time I’ve actually pulled the trigger. x2!

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    rachel in berkeley
    16 Mar 2021
    11:54pm

    On a long ago post (I’ve tried to find it but can’t) a GOAC shared her secret for how to keep her white cotton shirts, y’know, white. (Not a faded yellow, beige-y, etc.) If it was you, would you re-share your mighty wisdom?!

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    Betsy Palmer
    16 Mar 2021
    9:50am

    Can we please have a post on your current favorite main street/high street brands? I am obsessed right now with COS, but out here in the hinterlands I know there are a bunch that aren’t even on my radar. I’d love a semi-deep dive into the pieces that make you a fan of their direction/viewpoint/world view. I’m reading a book that talks about what makes pieces timeless to you whether they are designer, high street or fast fashion and I think it’s something we don’t focus on enough as consumers.

    Thanks Kim for all your posts. I feel like I learn something new from all of them.

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      Jo
      16 Mar 2021
      3:19pm

      Betsy – what is the title of that book please? And I would second your request for main street brands.

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        Betsy Palmer
        17 Mar 2021
        8:58am

        “Loved Clothes Last” I’m only a little way in but seems interesting for the practical as well as the philosophical approach to buying thoughtfully and maintaining.

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      HickfromStyx
      16 Mar 2021
      10:55am

      Have you seen The Drop on Amazon? Styles are dropped for 30 hours, then the collection ends and items are made to order. Interesting concept: fast fashion without all the disposability and waste?

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        kimbersam
        16 Mar 2021
        1:02pm

        Yep, ‘been wondering about the satin midi skirt. However, it’s more of a want than a need.

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          Nancy
          16 Mar 2021
          4:19pm

          Was reading reviews on the JCrew satin slip skirt (why I have no idea as I am going no where but my home office…) and a reviewer mentioned water stains were an issue

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            Mamavalveeta03
            16 Mar 2021
            11:11pm

            I got it! I haven’t worn it yet, but it runs large. It does seem like it’ll be easy to wear. I’ll see how it washes up – I got the black one. (Of course)

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            kimbersam
            16 Mar 2021
            7:28pm

            Because satin slip skirts are cute. Thank you for the warning.

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    cw
    16 Mar 2021
    10:23am

    Oy and Egad––I want so many of these tops! I even want the chambray and I already HAVE a chambray!

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      Nancy
      16 Mar 2021
      4:20pm

      I also want it and I think I have three…only one is my fave but I wear the other two occasionally around the house as more of a jacket (so I don’t feel guilty about buying them since they are not the best in fit)

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    HickfromStyx
    16 Mar 2021
    10:51am

    Henley top? Henley…

    To my surprise, I have several tops similar to those in today’s post. Your blog and its faithful readers are training my eye and getting my wardrobe into shape.

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    Cora
    16 Mar 2021
    8:15am

    Please do a whole post about yellow – I love yellow year round 🙂 It’s not the color I look best in, but it’s the color I love the most.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    16 Mar 2021
    11:08pm

    I just bought an oversized black button down from Entire World online at their flash sale today. I’ve never purchased anything from them before, so I hope it’s good (FINAL SALE!!!) I’m not feeling the femme vibe with my clothes lately – it’s a mood.

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      Betsy Palmer
      17 Mar 2021
      9:01am

      Did the site cheer when you checked out? I think that is the coolest feature.

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    LJIS
    16 Mar 2021
    8:56pm

    My kingdom for a dark denim shirt!

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      Jenny
      17 Mar 2021
      9:04am

      How dark? Kaight online has a beautiful jungmaven denim shirt — not dark, dark but not faded. I’m trying hard not to buy it, so please please buy the last one in my size. $195, which is pricey, but cost per wear could make it work.

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      Candy
      17 Mar 2021
      9:33am

      If you’re willing to consider low fashion, I’ve found some great dark denim shirts on Gap and even Old Navy, both short- and long-sleeved. Soft material, have held up well for years with wash-and-hang dry.
      And I, too, second the suggestion for a low fashion-high fashion Kim dive.

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        Viajera
        17 Mar 2021
        12:54pm

        Hmm. Sorry if this is rude, but. If something was made well and lasts for years, why is it called “low?” If it’s only because of the cost – which, if it was Gap in years past, was high enough that they may have paid a decent wage, back when the Gap used to talk about that – they stopped, I don’t know why – then I wonder. As sympathetic as I sometimes am to “high” fashion brands – you have to really lean on mystique to get people to pay those prices – I admit that at bottom, I don’t think there’s any real difference. You can have a difference in quality and a difference in price. And they may or may not be related. As for the mystique, do people really like the Lotan pants that much for themselves, or is it really because they cost a lot and don’t fit most people? I don’t know the answer. I just wonder. I think we are really just like birds, and we want to wear a red hat. There isn’t anything horribly wrong with that. I like a red hat myself. It just seems odd if we try to tell ourselves it’s more than that. … … … Or, I may be completely wrong! Not sure.

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          Viajera
          17 Mar 2021
          7:12pm

          Now that I said that though, I have to admit … the other day, I was waiting in line outside at my favorite little taco stand, and there was this young man who was really skinny, and he had on these jeans that didn’t fit *at all* … but they didn’t fit him in the most marvelous way. They didn’t fit somehow eeequally all over. It was like they were a tailored version of a pant which did not seem to contact his body at any point, except for the waist, one supposes. And the pockets were sort of drooping, but not waaaaay off his fanny, which I think looks bad. No, these sort of referred to that, but didn’t do it themselves. It was pretty fascinating, although of course, one cannot stare. Blood sugar was too low to go ask him about them. Plus, there’s a virus on. Now I kind of wish I had. And maybe it’s the same with the Lotans. I can see why people like them, but I can’t see why they would be worth so much. To me, they just look like pants that don’t fit. But maybe in person, they might do something. Who knows. Not me! If I see that guy again, I’m going to ask. I’ll have to try to think of some appropriate way.

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