I Ruthlessly Whittled Down the Best Blouses on the Internet to These Top 20

As much as I stan a relaxed, lived-in basic tee, there's something unequivocally enticing about a pretty top. The term "pretty top" doesn't necessarily do it justice, though, so I'll elaborate on what it means to me. In order to be deemed such, the blouse in question needs to fulfill a certain set of expectations. Generally, there's a romantic color palette involved, like pale rose, sage green, or a nice floral pattern. You'll also find delicate design details like ruffles, lace, or smocking. The silhouette certainly comes into play, whether it be via a puff sleeve or a peplum effect. All of these elements come together to formulate a pretty top that you can throw on and instantly feel confident in—often, even if the rest of the outfit is simple, like a slip skirt or pair of jeans.

If you're looking to add pretty tops to your closet, I'm here to help kick-start your efforts. I spent a long time on the internet whittling down the best of the best for you to shop (20, to be exact).

If you don't consider your style overtly romantic, opt for a subtle pretty top that has thoughtful touches, like a petite puff sleeve.

Add this corset to your favorite blouses and shirts for a Victorian-inspired effect.

Wow, your party dresses are about to get jealous.

The delicate scalloping details on this blouse are somehow subtle and statement-making.

A delightfully ruffled white blouse is seasonless. To translate it to fall, wear it with velvet trousers and boots.

Nothing quite like the combination of a high neck, fluted sleeves, and smock detailing.

Consider this your button-down shirt taken to the next level.

A sash tied around the waist makes an otherwise ordinary top feel special.

For the vintage lover who lives for a cool textile and a Peter Pan collar.

From the tie-front detail to the delicate buttons, this pink blouse is a winner.

Ruffles are always a foolproof option when choosing a pretty top.

Style this autumn top with a pair of wide-leg jeans and lace-up boots.

The going-out top that'll always get you compliments.

There's beauty in simplicity, especially when it comes via a silk top like this one.

Start the holiday season early with this incredible party top.

Any Pride and Prejudice fans in the house?

Sometimes all you is a puff sleeve and a pink palette.

Once the weather cools down, you can layer this top under a sweater and let the high ruffled neck peek out.

Up next: the 21 prettiest tops for fall—period.