4 Layering Tops for the Office

Wardrobe feeling stale? We all have those days when getting dressed for work feels especially repetitive, but sometimes all it takes is a little jolt of inspiration to offer up some perspective. For example, why wear just one top when you can mix and match two? As it turns out, the best tops for layering are ones you already own; all it takes are some new ways to put them together.

Below, we're highlighting four tops you already own and showing you exactly how to layer them in a way that offers you a whole new look. Playing with proportion, adding pops of color, and of course pairing pieces in ways you never expected will convince you that even basics can feel like anything but. To help you nail these layered ensembles, we picked out a few pieces we love now, just in case you're collection needs a boost. Check it all out below.



(Image credit: Style du Monde)

A tee may not seem particularly dressed up, but throw it on over a button-down, and the result is surprisingly polished.


(Image credit: Style du Monde)

To make a basic tee-and-jeans combination feel a bit fancier, layer long sleeves underneath and finish with heels.



(Image credit: Style du Monde)

A basic button-down looks great on its own, but throw a sweater-vest over it, and the result is plain genius.


(Image credit: Collage Vintage)

Leave the bottom of a collared shirt undone, then layer a cropped tee over. The result is refreshingly unstuffy.

Crop Top


(Image credit: Style du Monde)

A crop top at the office? There's a way to do it right, we swear. Use it as the finishing piece of a polished look, like a fitted tee and full skirt.


(Image credit: Style du Monde)

Play with proportions to take your work dressing to an unexpected and fresh new place.



(Image credit: Collage Vintage)

When in doubt (or when it's chilly outside), layer a turtleneck under your favorite top. It's easy but looks oh so cool.


(Image credit: Collage Vintage)

Try a contrasting turtleneck and top for a fresh winter ensemble. Bonus points if you keep the entire outfit in a single color story, but try different tones.

Aemilia Madden