You Can Count on These 5 Pretty Tops to Make Any Outfit Less Boring

This week, I found myself staring into my wardrobe and thinking about tops. As a person with quite classic, minimalist taste, I struggle with tops because all I ever seem to buy are plain T-shirts, ribbed vests and button-down shirts. Don’t get me wrong—these basics form the building blocks of a strong capsule wardrobe whatever your style, and I rely on them all in varying combinations when I build my outfits each morning. But there are only so many ways you can style a white T-shirt before it becomes a bit, well, boring. 

Every spring, as soon as the sun shows up and the mercury starts to rise, I start realising it’d be quite nice to have some pretty spring tops that I can wear on their own with jeans, skirts or wide-leg trousers. Ones that don’t have to also work underneath layers of knits and coats like tops do in winter. Sometimes all it takes to make a spring outfit is simply a great top that has some personality and makes the rest of your outfit—even if it consists of the most basic pair of jeans and trainers—suddenly feel like a joy to wear. 

I’m determined to add some beautiful tops to my repertoire—ones that I can throw on in the morning and feel like I’ve made an effort, whether I’m working from home or the office or simply pottering around the house at the weekend. I’m sure I’m not alone in this predicament, so I took it upon myself to hunt down 25 of the best spring tops I could find that are perfect for making all your simple outfits better right now. Keep scrolling to see them all, and shop the styles you love most.

1. Floral Blouses


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Style Notes: When we think spring, we think florals. It might not be groundbreaking, but it's an easy way to add interest to your outfit.

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2. Crochet Tops


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Style Notes: Crochet is a key fabrication for spring/summer 2023, and we think the real deal is worth spending a little more on. That said, if you're on a budget there are some great affordable options on the high street.

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3. Relaxed Shirting


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Style Notes: If it seems like we regularly fall back on relaxed-fit shirts to make our outfits, that's because we do. And can you blame us? The Instagram fashion set is evidently with us on this one.

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4. White Blouses


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Style Notes: There's something about a romantic, frill-adorned blouse that feels quite nostalgic. Especially when it's paired with blue jeans; a very Jane Birkin combination.

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5. Crop Tops


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Style Notes: Crop tops aren't just practical (no awkward bunching from tucking your top into trousers), but they're also hugely on-trend this season. Expect to see a rise in ultra-cropped tees and tanks as we head into summer.

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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