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A challenge...casual tops with a bit of 'something' about them

(26 Posts)
mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:24:06

Please can you help me find some casual tops to wear with jeans & under a jumper in the winter. I must be really fussy because despite extensive searching I have drawn a compete blank!

Requirements are as follows:
Ideally natural fabric or high percentage of, not MMF
Longish in body, fitted/semi-fitted
Long sleeves
Not a shirt because I wear them to work every day
Not heavily patterned, and don't particularly want striped either I don't think
Not frilly or ruffled

I think what I'm really after are long sleeved stretch tops with a bit of detail or 'something' to make them different from a bog standard tee shirt - i.e. buttons on sleeve, zip on neck.

Anyone seen anything like that around? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

mercurymaze Mon 06-Nov-17 20:25:34

was going to say baukjen but they don't really do details such as buttons or zips really,

french connection is good

ChaosTrulyReigns Mon 06-Nov-17 20:25:46

Have you tried Fatface? They have some lovely ones with a teeny bit of detail.

I'll try to link, but it's been a while 😬

onalongsabbatical Mon 06-Nov-17 20:28:39

Fatface women's tops - I just happened by...

mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:30:46

Thanks mercury & chaos. Will look at both Baukjen and Fat Face. They don't necessarily have to have embellishment, I suppose I want tops that will look nice with jumper on or off, not just for layering underneath if that makes sense? I've got lots of layering ones that are great under a jumper but either look very boring worn on their own, or unflattering as you can see every lump & bump. Think I am searching for the Holy Grail!

AnnaNimmity Mon 06-Nov-17 20:31:37

actually, this Baukjen top is very nice -(in black/navy) and flattering. Sorry no buttons etc, but still a little bit different. I wear it to work with jeans.

There's usually a 20% off or more voucher.

mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:33:39

Thanks onalong. This is along the right lines... possibly not quite fitted enough if I'm being really picky..

ChaosTrulyReigns Mon 06-Nov-17 20:35:00

These type are lovely with a bit of interest added by the way it's cut at the hips. Iyswim?

mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:35:34

That's very nice Anna. Possibly a bit short in body for me? Am 5'8".

ChaosTrulyReigns Mon 06-Nov-17 20:37:02

Ooh mrs! Hadn't spotted that one, but fits VERY well with my current star phase.


mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:38:04

Thanks chaos, love the colour of that one, not sure the style is quite what I'm after though. Think I'd like more fitted.

mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:39:05

grin Pleased to have been of service!

AnnaNimmity Mon 06-Nov-17 20:39:52

mrsthomas I am long-bodied and 5'9 and it fits me perfectly. I have it in navy and black.

I've just ordered a couple of tops from Me and Em too (to wear with Jeans) - have you looked there?

mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:42:00

That's good to know Anna, thank you. I do like Me & Em and have quite a bit of knitwear from there, so will have a look now. Which tops have you ordered if you don't mind me asking?

Jeffers3 Mon 06-Nov-17 20:42:44;size:8__1970

This in real is really lovely, heavy material. I saw it yesterday and been thinking about it ever since. The sleeves aren't as wide as the description would allow you to think.

littleredpear Mon 06-Nov-17 20:44:19


Lots of baggy but some gems

Themummy76 Mon 06-Nov-17 20:45:25

H and m have a wide variety of nice long sleeved tops with a few buttons at the top that look a bit like shirts

mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:45:59

Oooh Jeffers that one is lovely, thank you. Is it top material or heavier like a sweatshirt? Have never bought from Oliver Bonas before.

mrsthomasshe1by Mon 06-Nov-17 20:48:46

Thanks littleredpear. I really like Cos - like you say sometimes a bit shapeless but some amazing things too. Need to have a proper look.

Thanks TheMummy, we've got an H&M locally but only a little one so I'll have a browse and see if I can find those online.

AnnaNimmity Mon 06-Nov-17 20:55:24

sorry my PC playing up so can't do links. Here are the tops - I've ordered the luxe rib v neck, the scoop back long sleeve tee and also something called the Perfect button cuff crew neck in Merlot. The rib polo neck looks nice too but I thought I'd better be a little bit sensible grin. (I may have also ordered a blouse or two)

Jeffers3 Mon 06-Nov-17 20:55:27

I'm really bad at describing materials but it's really thick and heavy, looks a little like a sweater but is kind of spongy(?!). It's quite luxurious, heavy material and looks like it would keep its shape and wash well.
Oliver Bonas is great! Can be a bit pricey but often it's justified. They do loads of simple, classic stuff that has an interesting element.

onalongsabbatical Mon 06-Nov-17 21:02:03

QVC might be worth a look - although some of their stuff is vile and lots is polyester - the Artscapes brand are all 100% cotton - I have this one in the blue and I wear it a lot.

onalongsabbatical Mon 06-Nov-17 21:03:51

Sorry I forgot you said not heavily patterned - the blue is a very mild pattern, though, if you see what I mean.

Passthecake30 Mon 06-Nov-17 21:05:41

Marking place as I'm all striped out!
Loving some of these but wow, those tops from Me & Em are pricey shock

AnnaNimmity Mon 06-Nov-17 21:08:55

oh dear, yes they are. In my defence, I wear jeans to work and also like to wear them on dates (in fact, black jeans are my staple look).

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