Zara Top With Pleated Cuffs
Zara didn’t totally change the classic, they just moved the buttons to the back, letting the crisp cotton texture and pleated cuff detailing take center stage. An added bonus? Having the closure behind means this top makes a perfectly smooth layering piece under sweaters.
To buy: $30, zara.com.
Maison Jules Long-Sleeve Peplum Shirt
Brooks Brothers Sleeveless Ruffled Blouse
This pretty blouse’s sophisticated appeal is versatile enough to elevate casual and dressier outfits alike. Layer this sleeveless number under a slim-cut blazer for the office, or tuck it into a full skirt for evening events.
To buy: $98, brooksbrothers.com.
Massimo Dutti Smart Poplin Large Blouse
Add a bold statement necklace and a pair of leather leggings to this tunic’s collarless, sleek lines to create an instant cool-girl outfit.
To buy: $99, massimodutti.com.
Cos Shirt With Tie Drape
You can skip the trip to the tailor for this one—the wrapped draping on the front of this shirt creates a flattering cinched waist, and the covered placket means no gaping buttons.
To buy: $115, cosstores.com.
DKNY Drape Front Button Thru Shirt
An unexpected asymmetric hem gives subtle edge to a “basic.” Refrain from tucking it in (you’ll lose the cool detail), and try wearing it loose over skinny jeans instead.
To buy: $118, dkny.com.