25 Stylish Tops to Wear for Your Next Video Call
Between Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams, we're all taking more video calls and meetings than ever before. Here’s what you need to rock a professional look online.
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Smile! You’re on camera
Working from home is a trend that’s here to stay, and we’re collectively having more virtual meetings than ever before. But just because you’re home, it doesn’t mean you can wear any old thing. Work rules are still in effect—at least from the waist up. One of the quickest ways to look polished and put together is to make sure you’re wearing one of the best work tops for women. But what, exactly, does that entail?
“The best shirts for video calls accentuate our faces and aren’t the focus of our screen,” explains style expert Sadie Cherney, who owns several Clothes Mentor consignment boutiques in South Carolina. “Shirts that are shiny or have loud prints or a lot of embellishments detract from our faces, as do shirts that are low cut or revealing.”
The bottom line: You want to keep it professional while still showing your sense of style and personality. As for the rest of your ensemble, you can pair these new work essentials with jeans, loungewear sets, or even your best leggings—whatever you want to be comfy, including slippers—and then dress them up for those in-person office days. We did the hard work of rounding up the best options to suit every woman’s style, so you can focus on perfecting your ideal backdrop instead.
White House Black Market Embroidered Sleeve Blouse
This elegant top offers the timeless sophistication of classic black with a V-neck silhouette that’s both flattering and fun. It’s one of the best work tops for women seeking a truly versatile wardrobe piece, because it transitions seamlessly from day to night. “Most body types look good in a V-neck style, as it can soften a hard jawline, make round faces look longer, and elongate the neck,” says Cherney, adding that it’s important to keep V-necks relatively modest for work calls. This White House Black Market top fits the bill perfectly, and it’s offered in sizes XXS through XL.
Kut from the Kloth Anastasia Sleeveless Blouse
When it comes to warm-weather tops, sleeveless is OK…but strapless is not. “Strapless tops should be avoided for Zoom calls,” says Cherney. “They are too casual to be professional and can create the illusion that you are not wearing a top at all.” She suggests sticking to sleeveless work-appropriate blouses that have higher necklines to balance the look. This Anastasia top can be dressed up or down, offers just enough charm to keep things interesting, and looks just as polished with black pants or a skirt at the office as it does with denim and a cute pair of sandals.
Quince Mongolian Cashmere Tee
Blend your love of high-quality materials with bright, eye-popping color to keep the on-screen version of you visually exciting. “Think about your background,” advises Cherney. “Whether it’s your home or a green screen, you’ll want to make sure that your top stands in contrast to it. If there’s a neutral wall in your house you’re going to use as the backdrop, opt for a top in a vibrant shade or bold jewel tone to stand out best.” That’s a top personal stylist tip—and something you’ll swear by from here on out. This Quince cashmere tee is luxurious, easily worn through several seasons, and comes in bold colors as well as neutrals. Plus, it’s incredibly affordable.
Dia & Co Kara Tie-Front Top
This pretty tie-front top comes in three universally flattering colors, and it’s one of the best work tops for women searching for affordable plus-size fashions. Available in sizes 10/12 through 5X, it boasts a waist-enhancing attached tie, as well as stretchy fabric that moves with your body. Plus, the crew-neck pullover style adds a bit of polish to any look without compromising comfort. Pro tip: Simple, understated prints are one of the easiest ways to elevate your look, and they offer years of wear because they’re fad-resistant.
Southern Tide Gameday Intercoastal Hadley Popover
This fun, updated take on a classic preppy print is one that you’ll be happy to wear again and again. The timeless gingham print comes in nine colors, and the shirt offers UV protection, breathability, and quick-dry fabric. Tuck it into a pencil skirt for workdays, or pair it with a cute summer hat and sunglasses on the weekend—the choice is yours.
Z Supply Canal Gauze Top
This modern button-down will quickly become your new summer favorite, thanks to 100 percent cotton crinkle gauze that features a relaxed fit with upscale details like dropped shoulders, kimono sleeves, and a chic collar. It wears like your favorite loungewear set when paired with linen bottoms, but offers a workplace-appropriate look.
Who Shirt Company Simone Long Sleeve V-Neck
This simple dose of elegance is far more interesting than it looks, and the brand’s entire line of sleek, fitted tees and tanks will quickly woo you with their built-in bras that require no additional fuss or muss to look great. The bras can accommodate cup sizes AA through C, and they offer a major upgrade from those ye olden times shelf-bra tanks of yesteryear. The 100 percent interlock Supima cotton material also feels like a dream to wear. While we’re on the subject, these are the best bras you need in your wardrobe.
Hotapei Wrap V-Neck Chiffon Blouses
This affordable wrap-style top comes in sizes small through 1X and is offered in a variety of neutral and bold colorways. Verified Amazon reviewer D.C. Williams, who gave it five stars, raves: “I love this shirt! It’s comfortable, super cute, and you can dress it up or dress it down. It’s long in the back so it covers your bum, but you can easily tuck it into your waistband for a more fitted look. I would definitely buy this again. In fact, I did buy it again—this time in black.”
L.L. Bean Soft Organic Cotton Crinkle Shirt
You’ll love how easy, breezy, and fun this roll-tab shirt is to wear, as well as how timeless it is. Soft organic cotton provides light, airy comfort that will give you life all summer long, and it layers beautifully under a cardigan on chillier autumn and spring days. Heck, it’s so comfortable that if you take your next video call in this shirt and put on a pair of warm socks, you may feel like you’re in pajamas. Bonus: Because of its built-in crinkle texture, you don’t have to worry about ironing.
Milumia V-Neckline Short Sleeve Tie Top
Offered in nearly 40 colors and prints, this extremely affordable V-neck tie top is the figure-flattering basic your wardrobe needs for everything from video conference calls to polished-looking days out and about. One of the best work tops for women looking for short sleeves and waist-accentuating details, it can be worn with smart business skirts or pants, denim, leggings, or just about anything else in your wardrobe—it’s that versatile. Just make sure to order the correct size or even size up, because the fabric doesn’t stretch.
Shades of Rose Sydney Blazer
OK, this isn’t technically a top, but it is a wardrobe topping you’ll definitely want. A great, neutral-colored blazer in black, camel, or navy is one of the style staples you can layer over just about everything for a more sophisticated look. Consider putting this blazer with your plain fitted tees, a chic black turtleneck, or even a tucked-in summer tank for a work-appropriate look that requires little extra investment. It will instantly elongate and slim your figure, as well as add a dose of current oversized charm to any look you already own.
M.M. LaFleur The Antoinette Top
This sophisticated long-sleeved top tucks in for dressed-up work calls, untucks for more casual-yet-polished daytime looks, and creates an elongating effect on the body thanks to subtle details on the shoulder seams that draw eyes upward toward your face. That’s the whole point of a Zoom call top, isn’t it? The fabric is also treated with Polygiene, a special finish that repels odors, so you can wear the piece multiple times without needing to toss it in the laundry. (And yes, it’s machine washable!)
Loft Eyelet Ribbed Puff Sleeve Tee
If you just don’t have it in you for much more than a tee, that’s OK, because this Loft shirt offers a bright punch of color, flattering puff sleeves, and T-shirt comfort. This piece is made of easy-to-wash cotton with just a bit of added spandex to help keep the tailored-looking fit intact for dozens of washes to come. Plus, it covers the most work-important modesty spots like shoulders and necklines. One more box it checks off? It’s a fun, bright color, which Cherney says keeps things interesting on camera.
Kut from the Kloth Ruth Top
Upgrade your existing denim-shirt collection by adding this modest half-sleeve piece to your collection. It’s ideal for video calls thanks to a low-profile collar that’s comfortable and breathable, and the puff sleeves balance belly and waistline areas in addition to being incredibly on-trend. “A button-style top never really goes wrong, and it easily transitions from work to casual,” says Cherney. Plus, this top’s 100 percent Tencel fabric only gets softer over time, but don’t worry—it will keep its gorgeous blue denim color for the long haul.
U.S. Polo Assn. Smocked Plaid Shirt
This affordable three-season shirt has a flattering round neckline that exposes a modest amount of collarbone. It also has always-useful long sleeves and a smocked waistline that naturally cinches in all the right places while allowing billowy comfort in other areas like the upper arms and rib cage. The plaid design offers a dose of preppy charm and wit, and the tie-front adds expensive-seeming detail. Wear it with jeans and a classic handbag in a camel or tan color to complete the look.
Past Life The Collective Nix Button Down
This hand-sewn top is made in Colorado, so you’ll feel good about supporting a local American business. It’s a timeless button-down that you’ll never tire of thanks to a slightly oversized, slouchy fit, an elongated back, and ethically sourced fibers that wear more like your favorite pajamas than a work outfit. Cherney suggests tucking in relaxed-fit shirts like this for a business-ready look—and untucking them for a more casual weekend vibe.
Boden Silk Collarless Blouse
Add some luxury to your blouse collection and you won’t be disappointed. This Boden top with flowing, soft silk boasts a semi-fitted silhouette that makes it one of the best work tops for women looking for feminine details and 9-to-5 ease. It comes in a variety of eye-catching colors and prints and is available in sizes 2 through 22. The curved hem and collarless design have quickly made it one of Boden’s top-selling tops. “It is better in reality than on the website,” says one glowing review. “Feels lovely, doesn’t crease.”
NYDJ Sleeveless Pintuck Blouse
Take a walk on the wild side with this sleeveless pintuck blouse with a relaxed fit. The mandarin collar and inverted back pleat offer polished, elegant wearing that feels like a comfortable summer tank. It’s available in several happiness-inducing colors and prints, and comes in sizes XXS through XL to fit a variety of body types and sizes. “I have ordered several sleeveless and long-sleeved ones in different patterns—they are so versatile,” says a five-star review on the NYDJ website. But an important sizing note: Reviewers say this top is roomy, so if you want a more form-fitting look, order a smaller size.
Grey State Virginia Top
This top feels just like your favorite T-shirt, but the ruffles give it a decidedly more elevated appearance. Plus, small details like a ribbed neckline, encased elastic sleeve cuffs, and ruffle cuts with raw elements at the shoulders will give you a fresh, youthful look whenever you wear this shirt.
Lily Silk Concise Silk Blouse with Smocked Cuffs
This cozy, breathable, and wrinkle-free blouse is made of 96 percent Mulberry silk and 4 percent stretchable Spandex to keep you moving comfortably. It’s a chic upgrade from the typical silk button-down, thanks to a stand collar you can actually open, smocked cuffs, and versatile wearing in all seasons. Silk and soft-sheen fabrics can instantly “upgrade” the quality of any outfit, according to Cherney, and this one offers a single-step approach to doing just that. While dry cleaning is suggested, the brand says this wardrobe staple is OK to hand-wash as well.
Rainbow Shops Flutter Cap Sleeve Blouse
You’ll be shocked by how affordable this cap-sleeve beauty is, and pleasantly surprised by the assortment of soft-tone color options. The abbreviated flutter sleeves are perfect for warm-weather days and at-home virtual calls, while the tie neck offers a bit of flair typically reserved for more expensive pieces. Just try not to layer flutter sleeves with additional pieces—it’s one of the outfit mistakes that can make you look messy.
Splendid Esme Blouse
This chic blouse is destined to become your new desk-to-dinner wardrobe essential, with its woven textured stripes that elongate your frame and loose-fitting shape that offers endless comfort. The round neckline offers the mild scandal of a slit that’s balanced by just how practical this top is: It goes with just about every daytime look, is machine washable, and comes in two universally flattering colors.
Bobeau Dotted Puff Sleeve Blouse
This cheerful, classic print is exactly what you need to get the Zoom party started, and it offers the perfect amount of contrast against simple or dull backdrops. It’s a lightweight feminine piece that you’ll particularly love because of its on-trend dots, embroidering at the sleeves, and cute coordinating buttons. “So comfy,” one reviewer writes. “It can be worn tucked in, but it looks nice out too, and it’s so flattering. It runs a little big, but it is flowy and lays well.” Before you check out, take a look at these Nordstrom sandals and shoes for a perfectly put-together look.
Boden Judith Jersey Top
Imagine your favorite tee jazzed up a little, splashed with femininity, and then made more colorful. Got the image in mind? Good, because that’s exactly what this Boden Judith top is—and it’s cut with a flattering empire line, to boot. The stand-up collar, notch neck, and frill detailing add character and warmth to the look, while easily machine-washed jersey fabric keeps it appropriate for casual settings. No matter how you cut it, this colorful frock is a winner.
Lily Silk Casual V-Neck Loose Silk Tee
There’s nothing that casual about genuine crepe de chine silk if you ask us, but sure, this silhouette is free-spirited enough to pair with just about anything you might wear day to night. It flatters a variety of body types, thanks to its relaxed fit, and it boasts a lightweight, cool silk material that’s great for summer nights out or cooler fall days when layered with a cardigan or blazer. Now that you’ve picked out your new favorite work tops, make sure you’re ready for some fun outside of work with the best bathing suits and cover-ups.
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- Sadie Cherney, fashion and trend expert and owner of Clothes Mentor