Build a Better Wardrobe: 5 Must-Have Tops

Creating a timeless, classic wardrobe is always my goal when shopping for clothes. I don’t buy trendy pieces often, and if I do, I try not to spend a significant amount of money on them since they are, as noted, trendy, and trends change. So when I shop, I look for items that are versatile and can be worn with other things in my closet, are high quality and will last for years, and colors that are flattering on me.

While you will likely need more than just give tops in your closet, these five basics help create timeless wardrobe that will make it a bit easier to get dressed every day. If you’re catching up on the Build a Better Wardrobe series, check out these posts too!

Okay, let’s talk about tops, shall we?

5 Must-Have Tops for a Timeless Wardrobe

1. White button or blouse

No closet is complete without a classic white button-down or blouse. Not only is this a work wardrobe essential, it can be worn with jeans, skirts, shorts, and slacks. A white button-down has been a classic for decades, and works for every age range. So, invest in a high quality top that you love. It’ll be worth it. My favorite button down for summer is a linen top from Boden. It’s a relaxed fit, so I can wear it with jeans and feel more casual. It can also be paired with chino pants or shorts.

For the fall and winter months, I tend to go for silkier fabrics, like this.

If you aren’t the button-down type, opt for a classic white blouse. I like a pop-over style.

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2. Flattering everyday tee

My all-time favorite tees are the J. Crew Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt. They’re easy to throw on, comfortable, come in every color of the rainbow, and they wash and dry easily. I wear them with jeans, shorts, denim shorts, and long pants. They’re always on sale too! V-neck is always my favorite neckline, but choose whatever you feel best in, whether that’s a scoop neck, crew neck or a v like me!

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3. A lightweight sweater

Every classic closet has a lightweight sweater that’s easy to pair with lots of bottoms. I have more than one of these, but I get good use out of all of them. This mock neck crop sweater is great for jeans, which is how I wear most of my sweaters.

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4. A fun cami for date night

A fun cami is another closet essential for a timeless wardrobe. It’s perfect for a night out, but can also be paired with a cardigan for work. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale has LOTS of cute camis this year.

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5. A popover top

A classic popover blouse is one of the easiest things to throw on with jeans or shorts. I got a red one years ago that I continue to wear all the time. I also love my chambray shirts.


Have these 5 tops in your closet will help you create many timeless outfits. What are your classic top must-haves?

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