Cute tops under—and some much under—$150

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This blue-on-blue print is a nice, subtle way to ease into florals if usually you think they’re a bit too much.

A black popover that I’m certain would go into high rotation if I introduced it to my closet.

This ruffle neck top has the exactly right amount of ruffle—which is to say, not too much.

I kind of love that this floral is on a brown background, which makes it look so rich. I really am coming around to brown, I must say.

The contrast between the hippie girl vibe of the fabric here and the clean cut style of a button-down really appeals.

This bright popover would be such a cheery thing to throw on during these grey months, but if that’s not your thing, it also comes in a very good mustardy hue.

Just a really happy Liberty of London print that’d look so good with a corduroy blazer.

I’m not the world’s biggest gingham fan, but I do think it’s especially sophisticated in black and white.

A good menswearish striped button-down for wearing with jeans or something fancier.

OK, this one is a little crazy, but I can’t stop thinking about it. It reminds me of the pieces designer Duro Olowu made at the beginning of his career.

I love windowpane plaid—the first investment purchase I ever made was an Anna Sui suit in that pattern, in about 1989—and I particularly love it in graphic red and black.

A sweet, romantic blouse that also comes in a few good colors.

This cocoon top is another one that I feel like I’d wear constantly—I love the swingy shape and henley buttons.

This lace blouse is nicely feminine, but stops just short of prissy.

 

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9 Thoughts on Cute tops under—and some much under—$150
    Susanna
    21 Jan 2021
    8:19pm

    I adore that Anthro blouse in all its loudness. It would be perfect for a zoom-work top and comes in other satisfying patterns…unfortunately my fave is sold out in most sizes.

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    cw
    21 Jan 2021
    9:20am

    Love that first one (has a very Frank and Eileen vibe) and the pink stripe (both from Anthropolgie). Sidenote: there are two interesting articles––one in The Guardian and one in WaPo––about what “the ladies” wore yesterday and why they did.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      21 Jan 2021
      6:32pm

      CW, Grayson is made by the woman that started Frank & Eileen, hence the similarities. 😊

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        cw
        22 Jan 2021
        8:16am

        Ah! Did not know that. Thank you, Val!

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    Jax
    21 Jan 2021
    9:47pm

    This post has the most Anthro items I’ve seen in a while… not that I mind! Anthro does often have great shirts and blouses.

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    Eloise
    24 Jan 2021
    10:26pm

    I’m not a button-down fan but the fatigues pictured with the Madewell menswearish shirt piqued my interest enough to give them a try. Perhaps I’ll have better luck with a non-jean pant!

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    HickfromStyx
    21 Jan 2021
    6:12pm

    Spring is springing up florals. These are a nice change from my perennial stripes.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    21 Jan 2021
    6:31pm

    Don’t you feel chilly in just a button-up, tho? Our house is so cold that the butter actually stays fully solid on our kitchen counter and massacres the toast when I attempt to spread it! I love the red plaid flannel but it’s sold out in my size – Damn! I always used to love wearing red until my husband decided to tease me about it one day and called me Nancy Reagan. That killed it for me.

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    Viajera
    21 Jan 2021
    1:31pm

    I enjoyed this post.

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