16 Stylish Tops to Wear for Your Next Video Call
Between Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams, we’re all taking video calls and meetings now, more than ever before.
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Smile! You’re on camera
With most under some form of shelter-in-place orders, we’re collectively making more video calls and holding more virtual meetings and even virtual happy hours than ever before. One of the quickest ways to look polished and pulled together, whatever the occasion of your video call, is to pull on a top in a solid gem tone like ruby or emerald or a small dainty print, shares Jasmine Snow, a style expert based in New York City. But more than anything, “it’s really important right now to wear clothes that make you happy and feel good, general guidelines aside,” she says. Read on for our picks of the best stylish tops for all your virtual calls this spring. While you’re at it, make sure you’re following these 13 golden rules to working from home.
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Boden linen shirt
This emerald green linen shirt won’t just make you light up on screen, it’s also super comfy and breathable, so it won’t feel that much different from your PJs. Picking the right top is only half the battle when it comes to looking good on screen—you’ll also want to position your laptop correctly to avoid looking like you have that dreaded turtle neck. To do this, set the camera a bit higher than your head, advises Snow. “Stack up a few books and place the computer on top, then adjust the screen so that it’s angled slightly downward toward your face.”
White House Black Market ruffle-trim cropped sweater
Another consideration besides color is the silhouette. “Dressing from the top looks best when you wear pieces with some shape,” Kendall Farr, brand stylist for White House Black Market tells Reader’s Digest. “Try slim fit sweaters and shirts, and skip anything baggy or very oversized.” This mauve sweater skims your shoulders and torso to create a nice self-portrait on screen. Since working from home can be stressful, we can all use these 11 working from home cartoons right about now.
Socialite square neck puff sleeve top
This top not only satisfies Snow’s recommendations for a “dainty print,” but it also has an interesting neckline and statement sleeves that help your upper half look stylish without much effort on your part. These work-from-home essentials from Target will help you stay on track throughout your day.
Stella & Dot The Double Take
“I love this top for its versatility,” notes Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder of Stella & Dot—and we do too. “It’s reversible and can be worn three different ways (forward, backward, or as a jacket), light-weight so it’s great for layering, and the pattern really pops in person or on a Zoom call.”
Ban.do Sister Jane Posy Puff Sleeve Blouse
With puffy sleeve, 3-D flowers, and a tie neck, there’s so much detail to this blouse, all you have to do is button it up and you’re ready to go. (Though we do recommend a cami underneath for work calls.) As for your hair, consider a wide headband, suggests Snow. “I’ve been wearing lots of headbands to avoid having to do my hair but still looking pulled together.”
Shabby Chic fawn open back blouse
If you want a top that you can easily take from day to night, look no further. This silky blue-and-white top with flutter sleeves is all business from the front, but turn around (or take off your blazer) and it reveals a flirty open back style.
Measure & Made twist knit front dolman
Red is the color of power and confidence so when you want to project both, reach for a ruby red top like this one. The v-neck front and fluttery dolman cap sleeves are flattering to everyone. Find out the surprising things your outfit color reveals about you.
Crosby by Mollie Burch Jannie Tunic
If red isn’t quite your thing, a poppy pink tunic also projects self-confidence. “I always make sure to put a little bit of jewelry on,” shares Snow. “You can make anything look like a styled outfit by mixing a few necklaces or statement earrings.” Find out the 14 things self-confident people never do—and you shouldn’t either.
ASOS Glamorous sweater
Just because you’re stuck inside, doesn’t mean you can’t look like a fresh breath of spring air. This sage green color is the next best thing to a walk under the cherry blossoms—and don’t discount the power of natural light to flatter. Lighting is an important factor in looking good on video calls, says Snow. “I always love natural light so I sit by a window, but if you don’t have much available to you, take a lamp and place it at the same height of the laptop,” she says. Many of these tricks to looking good in photos will also work for video calls.
Sarah Liller Leila Wrap Top
You can never go wrong in a LBT (little black top), and this one also has the benefit of being a classic wrap style, which is just as flattering as your favorite wrap dress. Wear it with a comfy pair of joggers for a “corporate mullet”—a professional blouse paired with loungewear bottoms.
Target A New Day sleeveless shell
Layering can add a professional polish. “Whether IRL or on a Zoom meeting, I always love to wear more than one layer on top to make a look feel finished,” Snow says. This coral-hued sleeveless shell is just the thing to wear under your favorite black blazer or long-sleeved cardi. Here’s everything else you need to know to master business casual for women.
Boden long-sleeve Breton
Thin stripes have a tendency to vibrate on screen, says Snow, so you’re better off sticking with wide stripes like the ones on this classic Breton. Try these 15 simple fashion upgrades to look more expensive instantly.
Splendid scattered heart tops
If your office dress code is creative casual, it’s okay to keep it that way at home—just as long as you never veer on the side of sloppy. This fitted denim shirt with embroidered hearts is destined to become your favorite work-at-home staple. Once you’re back in the office, follow these style tricks that can help you land that promotion.
Loft Lily bar back flutter shell
Not every video phone call is strictly professional. If you’re getting together for virtual drinks with the girls, try a pretty top like this flowy floral shell. The cheery print and bright color will make you feel instantly sunnier. Doing these 27 nice things for yourself while in quarantine will also help lift your spirits.
Bohme Rebecca Button Down Top
Snow recommends bold colors and this Rebecca Button Down top in Rust from Bohme really delivers. The stretch knit fabric is just the right amount of fitted to be figure-flattering but still entirely work-appropriate. We like the three-quarter sleeves for jobs that call for keyboard work—no cuffs or buttons to get in the way. You can also feel good about supporting Bohme: They’re a women-owned business, they raise funds for nonprofit organizations around the world, and offer their employees paid time off to volunteer.
Gibson x Living in Yellow off-the-shoulder top
It’s hard enough to figure out what to wear for a date in the best of times, much less during these days of sheltering in place. This cozy fleece off-the-shoulder top sends just the right message of “I’m feeling flirty” but also “I’m not trying too hard.” These are the 10 online dating slang words and phrases you need to know.
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