I am not a fan of the 'suit and shirt' combo.

My female clients will tell you I am pretty obsessed about finding them a handful of simple, understated, usually silk or silky tops to make their business outfits work, and ideally in an off white or cream shade.

If you have patterned or textures going on elsewhere, the only top that will work is totally plain. Too often when I do wardrobe sessions, the complete lack of these tops is what has made the wardrobe so hard to wear! 

These styles are usually overlooked as to be honest they don't have any hanger appeal and are frankly quite boring. But they are essential.

And when you find one that works, grab a couple so there's always a clean one when you need it. Once you have a load of these, enough to cover a couple of weeks so the grubby hand print or spaghetti stain doesn't mean a wardrobe crisis, you will find many items that are harder to wear suddenly easy. 

Dress them up with coloured trousers, a statement necklace, or textured jacket.

Here's 3 of the current ones available that have caught me eye.

 

Jaeger - Silk Top £99

Jaeger - Silk Top £99

Maje - Gavela Blouse in Ecru £145

Maje - Gavela Blouse in Ecru £145

Goat - Winn Blouse £275

Goat - Winn Blouse £275

Lizzie Edwards is a leading Image Consultant and Personal Stylist for Men and Women and is based in London UK.