7 Spring Tops That Are Perfect for Layering
A wardrobe refresh doesn’t require a closet overhaul.
It’s finally springtime, or in fashion lingo, time to bust out those lighter layers that have been hiding in storage. That sweet spot between winter and summer is my favorite season, but the trickiest period when it comes to fashion. It’s too cold to rock sleeveless tees alone just yet, yet too warm to wear bulky sweaters. But striking a perfect balance doesn’t have to stress you out—we put together a collection of clever tops to help you get through this weird transitional period. They work well on their own, but if you do get chilly, just throw on a jacket.
Lace Mock Neck Top
A pretty lace top adds the right feminine touch to any pairing. Here, intricate stitching and a mock neck add undeniable sophistication. The styling options are endless: Try matching it with colored pants for a pop of color, distressed denim for a casual flair, or a leather topper for a contrasting edge.
To buy: $68, anthropologie.com.
White Cotton Courier Shirt
A versatile white button-up is a must-have for any capsule wardrobe. A short-sleeved version made from cotton twill makes it more appropriate for spring, while the perfectly oversized, boxy shape gives it an effortlessly cool vibe.
To buy: $65, madewell.com.
While it’s just a slip of a thing, the perfect camisole does some serious heavy lifting outfit-wise. This one from J.Crew meets all the right requirements: It falls at the perfect length (you can choose between petite-tall), is made out of silky polyester for a lightweight feel, and comes in five staple colors. (We won’t judge if you buy them all.)
To buy: $50, jcrew.com.
Satin Stripe Lace Sleeve Top
At first glance, this looks like any basic top, but subtle details like a peek of lace at the sleeves and stripes down the center add an extra element of fashion-forward appeal. Available in seven different shades, the satin fabric feels cool and slinky against your skin.
To buy: $50, express.com.
Colorblock Ponte Peplum Shell
A basic ponte top becomes a bit more interesting with a color-blocked crisscross front. The peplum’s cinched silhouette accentuates your waist and lends a sophisticated, structural addition when paired under a blazer. Styling tip: Because of the peplum’s flared end, it’s best worn with a snug-fitting bottom.
To buy: $50, anntaylor.com.
Faux Leather-Trimmed Jersey Top
The sheer material and faux leather lining makes this draped jersey the perfect wear under a black blazer. It fares just as well when worn alone; pair it with some delicate gold accessories for a finishing touch.
To buy: $50, calvinklein.com.
The thin cotton fabric and ruched detailing allows this top to provide a flattering and slimming effect. If it's not quite warm enough to wear it alone, sandwich it underneath a sleek trench.
To buy: $60, bananarepublic.com.