Nice work tops please

(33 Posts)
ToothGah Tue 16-Apr-13 15:54:56

I'm in desperate need of some decent, plain work tops.

Must be long sleeved (or 3/4) and suitable for with or without a jacket.

I just despair when I open my wardrobes - lots of nice trousers, skirts, jackets and dresses but I just struggle with tops! I'm a tall and busty-ish 14/16.

TIA smile

BeCool Tue 16-Apr-13 16:03:50

watching with interest.

I've tried on and searched online nearly every top/shirt on the high street. They are mainly truly hideous ATM.
Or they don't fit in the bust at all.
Or they are shapeless.
Or a horrible colour.
Or made of slippery sweaty polyester.

What on earth is going on???

happyyonisleepyyoni Tue 16-Apr-13 16:36:38

Place marking for same reason. I need new work clothes!

Biscuit357 Tue 16-Apr-13 16:39:12

I bought these two at the Phase Eight sale at the weekend which may be good:

www.phase-eight.co.uk/fcp/product/phase-eight/Tops/Fixed-Wrap-Top/301273351

www.phase-eight.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/sale/tops?resetFilters=true&productsPerPage=25

They won't set the world alight but do a job!

Biscuit357 Tue 16-Apr-13 16:41:55

I've resorted to ebay and buy any plain silk tops I see on there for work.

ToothGah Tue 16-Apr-13 19:20:16

Bumpity bump - desperate! smile

hearhear Tue 16-Apr-13 20:28:21

Anything in the jaegar outlet suitable?

ToothGah Tue 16-Apr-13 21:46:01

Hmm, even the prices in the Jaegar outlet brought me out in a sweat!!!

Wrigglytummy Tue 16-Apr-13 22:40:15

Sorry, no suggestions, but I'm watching too, I find it so difficult to find work tops.

ToothGah Tue 16-Apr-13 22:46:20

Just something simple, plain, long sleeves is all I want - someone could make a fortune coming up with them confused

bobs Tue 16-Apr-13 22:50:25

I got a lot of mine from Dorothy Perkins -esp in the sale

WildThongIWannaKnowForSure Tue 16-Apr-13 22:56:05

Someone on a Fred here recommended Kettlewell Colours for soft jersey work tops
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YoniOno Tue 16-Apr-13 23:22:42

Missbeehiving - if you wear silk tops for work do you dry clean them or machine wash? I have a terror of silk for this reason...

LadyMountbatten Tue 16-Apr-13 23:50:42

A shirt? Gap or uniqlo

Thecatsmum Wed 17-Apr-13 07:35:38

Kettlewell looks good, anyone tried them?

Levantine Wed 17-Apr-13 07:37:46

I got a very nice cowl neck top from lands end. Not massively exciting but good quality and quite flattering

Yep second Gap/Uniqlo shirts. I have a vague hatred of jersey tops under jackets, no idea why....

charitygirl Wed 17-Apr-13 08:12:39

Me too Amber! I really want to like jersey tops as they seem so useful. But ugh - no. And patterned jersey, esp when used in wrap dresses...I just can't.

Ps I find silk mix or 100% silk fine on a machine hand wash or wool wash cycle.

fossil971 Wed 17-Apr-13 09:18:58

One of my colleagues has a blouse similar to this

I know it's not a good cut for a large bust but it was nice to see something that wasn't either saggy jersey or a man-style shirt, but still smart.

I think it's exceptionally hard to wear a tailored shirt if you are well endowed, even Pepperberry don't seem to help much. It has to be brilliantly cut and have a little stretch.

Cookie51 Wed 17-Apr-13 13:43:09

I had forgotten about Phase Eight, they are definitely worth looking at. Pepperberry shirts are quite good if you are busty but I find the bust area is too low, maybe they are better if you are long in the body (not short in the body like me!)

My issue is with work suits - either the jacket fits and the trousers don't (horrible high waists!) or the trousers are perfect and the jacket is v short or otherwise ill fitting!!

Does anyone do suit separates so you can mix and match jackets, skirts and trousers in the same fabric?

fluffyanimal Wed 17-Apr-13 13:44:38

I was going to suggest B&Q until I realised this thread was in Style and Beauty grin

suebfg Wed 17-Apr-13 14:33:14

Someone linked on a previous thread to some nice cowl style tops in House of Fraser - in the sale for about £20

suebfg Wed 17-Apr-13 14:33:42

I bought a lovely silk cowl top from Hobbs but it is sleeveless

lizzieannejames Wed 17-Apr-13 14:50:17

I love Hobbs for work clothes. I also tend to buy blouses/shirts from Ralph lauren outlet, sometimes Jaegar and Mango. Zara is another favourite too but haven't brought anything in there for a few years now!

LadyMountbatten Wed 17-Apr-13 16:24:14

I agree amber. It's a bit obvious

Oh, I wash my silk ones. They seem fine.

I wear jersey under jackets - generally the Hobbs cowl necked tops. I look hideous in shirts and silk tops are getting harder and harder to buy/afford. The cowl necks are smarter than a t-shirt but flattering on norks.

bobs Thu 18-Apr-13 11:00:52

Lands End are doing 20% off this week if you put SPRING20 code in - have loads of tops in the Outlet section - hard to wear out and cheap when on sale!

LadyMountbatten Thu 18-Apr-13 15:58:54

Shirts are my new passion

charlieandlola Thu 18-Apr-13 16:04:48

Also watching with interest . M&S used to be the place for basic 3/4 sleeve work tops, in the good old days before Per Una. I am going to whisper , however , that I have had a few successes in < sainsburys> .

BeCool Thu 18-Apr-13 16:24:21

strangely the nicest shirts I've seen lately are by Rohan

They are 'technical' shirt and the fabric (of the checked ones I saw/felt) was light but with substance, stretch but didn't look it - quite amazing. I could wear them to work and looking online they have different fabrics to the ones I saw instore.

suebfg Thu 18-Apr-13 20:30:52

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