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14 Nice Tops for a Pulled-Together Look

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Design: theSkimm | Photos: Eloquii
Sep 9, 2022

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If you have to ask what a Nice Top™ is, chances are you need one. She’s a whole outfit when paired with your favorite jeans, trousers, or even that mini skirt you haven’t known how to style. She always fits perfectly and will never let you down, no matter the occasion.

Here are our top (pun intended) picks for shirts you’ll feel good, nay, great in. From blouses to sweaters and everything in between.

Psst…this is part of our Relatable Fashion Week series. For more recs on what to wear when you want to go out but your closet says, ‘let’s stay in,’ click here.

A short-sleeved silk shirt that practically screams put together…

This top is boxy, silky, and loose, so it’ll move with you. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve reached for the black version on our way to the office, after-work drinks, or even a casual date. It also comes in a gorg blue or brown. Customers say it looks great under a blazer. Add to cart. ($140, Everlane)

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A gauzy button-down you’ll reach for day after day…

This button-down has a classic fit that’s slightly oversized and a little longer in length. The best part? It’s made from soft, gauzy fabric that’s much more durable than linen and more comfortable than starchy cottons. You’ll look polished but feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket as you take on your event. Shhh…we won’t tell. ($89.50, J.Crew)

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A cropped cashmere sweater because cashmere is always a good idea…

Is it just us or is the protagonist of a rom-com always looking effortlessly chic in a cashmere sweater? Pull this cozy, cropped version on with jeans, and suddenly you are the Main Character. Grab it in black or one of the other four colors. Customers say it doesn’t pill even after multiple washes. Nancy Myers is shaking. ($135, Naadam)

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A knit top with buttons up the front…

Now this is a date top if we’ve ever seen one. Like a cardigan that’s always buttoned, this top is equal parts flirty and classy. The knit is slim-fitting but stretchy enough to be comfortable, and the sleeves flare for a touch of drama. Choose from one of three colors and don’t worry about wearing it out. You look that good. ($78, Reformation)

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A blouse with a pretty bow at the neckline…

This button-up blouse has ties at the neck for an eye-catching bow or knot. It comes in seven fun patterns (the hearts are giving us heart eyes) and tucks well into dress pants, jeans, or a pencil skirt. It comes in sizes 14–28, and customers say it’s perfect for larger bust sizes. ($79.95, Eloquii)

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A pullover blouse that’s a classic for a reason…

You really can’t go wrong with a simple tailored blouse that fits just right. This one is made of lightweight, breathable fabric that’s slightly sheer but not see-through and has sleeves you can cuff. We’d dress it up with heels and jewelry or stick with flats for a casual weekend day. Psst…It’s machine-washable. Thank us later. ($32.17, Torrid)

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A sleeveless blouse to wear under jackets or blazers…

It may not be the most glamorous, but it’s a closet staple. This pull-on blouse has a V-neck with a simple pleat that loves to peek out from your chosen layering piece. It’s a transitional season hero. It comes in seven solid colors and sizes XS–3X. ($25.37+, Amazon)

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A flirty little gingham number…

The collar, the flutter sleeves, the textured fabric. Now, here’s a Top. The gingham check fabric is lightweight, and the olive green is fresh and appropriate for any season. Though it also comes in blue. Pair it with jeans or pair it with a mini skirt and you’re out the door feeling fab. ($128, Lisa Says Gah)

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A button-up blouse with balloon sleeves…

It’s made of soft and lightweight cotton, has a generous fit, and you can choose from a variety of patterns and colors. It comes in sizes XS–4X. Customers say the length is perfect for tucking into pants but looks just as cute left free-flowing. We love that for you. ($17, Target)

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A sheer top with a lot of romance going on…

From the sheerness to the smocked edge, this top is a statement maker in the best way. She features a sweet micro floral and buttons at the neckline, and, well, we can’t stop staring. ($120, Anthropologie)

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A sweet top with a smocked front…

Here at theSkimm, we hit subscribe to smocking. It’s flattering for all bust sizes and emphasizes your waist. It’s made from 100% cotton. Aka it’s comfortable and has adorable puff sleeves to boot. It comes in blue, white, yellow, and black and sizes XS–L. ($45.78, Amazon)

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A cropped polo for retro prep vibes…

This polo might look like something you wore as a kid, but that’s why we love it. It’s cropped perfectly and made from a sturdy cotton with a little stretch. It looks great with leggings, jeans, biker shorts, you name it, and comes in several colors including a bright pink. Hello, Barbiecore. ($14.99+, Gap)

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A denim shirt for a western look…

This 100% cotton shirt (that also comes in white) has old-fashioned snap buttons and stitching at the collar that separate it from your average button-up. It’s slightly fitted, so size up if you want it roomy. Wear it with a darker wash jean for an all-denim outfit Britney would be proud of. ($99, Faherty)

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A sustainable top you can wear three ways…

Made out of recycled silky fabric, this top can be worn tied in the front, tied in the back, or completely reversed for an open-back moment. Talk about shopping your own closet. It comes in three colors, sizes XS–XL, and looks great with a skirt. Sold. ($148, Madewell)

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