The Best Work-Ready Tops for (ugh) Zoom Calls

Full disclosure: I’m Zoomed out. I turn my Zoom calls into good old-fashioned cell phone calls whenever possible. (Frankly, the vast majority of these “meetings” would be a total waste of makeup!) But when duty requires that I turn up and face the screen, I have a cardinal rule: business up top, party on the bottom. That is, I match a professional blouse with, like, yoga pants. Even though I haven’t done yoga since BC (before Covid.)

 

For those required meetings, these are the very best blouses you could possibly don—at least according to SwearBy’s coterie of fashionistas. So. Profesh.

Dôen June Top

“I’m a huge fan of anything by Doen,” says Kelly Zajfen. “The dresses are also incredible, however, their blouses are my go to when dressing up a pair of vintage Levi’s.” This particular number is feminine and breezy from all angles. “Anything from this brand gets me each time. Classic, timeless with a flirty feel,” says Jade Cunningham, who likes to dress them up…and down.

JMcLaughlin White Durham Ruffle Blouse

Sometimes, the little black dress doesn’t cut it. Only the little white button-down will do. “How great is this top? I wanted it for the office but I can’t wait to wear it on the holiday party circuit as well,” says Vanessa Menton of this eye-candy number. “Ruffles are my guilty pleasure.”

MM.LaFleur Antonia Top

When Hitha Palepu calls this “the most flattering work blouse—ever,” we’re inclined to believe her. It marries a drapey front panel with an always-stunning peplum form, all in an envelope as comfy as a t-shirt. “The peplum flatters all midsections, it looks great alone or under a suit, and it comes in a rainbow of work-appropriate hues.”

Ulla Johnson Elise Top in Pristine

When co-founder of Gryph & IvyRose Rachel Finger is hunting for a new blouse, she often moseys over to Ulla Johnson. The brand is “my everyday go-to for tops,” she says. “An absolute staple in terms of fit with a variety of romantic patterns and various styles. I love the femininity of the brand and how it’s easy to wear with jeans and shorts or dress it up a bit with skirts.”

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