There is no more versatile piece for any woman to have in her wardrobe than a pretty little top. If you have a flattering, well-fitting top that you love in your armoury then you will always have something to wear! The right top can be dressed up for a night on the town or dressed down for a day out with your girlfriends.
Looking for a new top to add to your reportoire? Here are three types of tops that are bang on trend for this season, that we think everyone should be wearing in 2018:
Polka Dots Are Back
One of the most popular and ubiquitous fashion trends of the 1990s, the polka dot had faded into relative obscurity for the last decade. But now it’s back, and it’s back with a vengeance! We saw polka dots on the catwalk for this season at Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, where they were playful but with a sophisticated edge.
Polka dots are a great way of adding pattern and detail to any outfit without stepping too far outside of your comfort zone if you tend to prefer plain or block colour tops. If you’re looking for a type of top that you can wear both to work and play then the polka dot is a perfect choice because it is such a versatile print.
Here are our top tips for wearing polka dot tops:
- If you want to look sophisticated and grown up then follow the lead of Commes de Garcons and keep the rest of your outfit monochrome. Think black jeans or a black pencil skirt. If you want to add a little-unexpected detail then look for white leather accessories, to make the polka dots in your top really pop.
- Pick the size of your polka dots wisely. If you’re petite then smaller polka dots will flatter your frame, whilst if you’re plus sized them oversized polka dots are likely to be a more flattering fit. Look for tops with polka dots strategically placed in a variety of different sizes if you want to create a slimming effect.
- Remember that polka dots don’t just have to come in black and white! There’s no reason not to experiment with your favourite summer colours here too.
Polka Glam Halter Blouse by Fab Alley
Ruffled tops were a red-hot trend for the summer of 2017, and this Spanish-inspired senorita style isn’t going anywhere for 2018 either! We saw ruffles on the catwalk again at Alexander McQueen, and this season they were bigger and more attention-grabbing than ever!
Because ruffles tend to add bulk to the frame, it’s important to think carefully about where the ruffles are placed when choosing this type of top. They are best suited to women with apple and pear-shaped frames to give your figure balance. If you have a heavy bust then avoid tops that have ruffles across the chest, as this will only make you look disproportionate. Love the trend but don’t know where to start?
Here are our top tips for wearing ruffles:
- Don’t be afraid of colour! This is a bright and bold trend perfect for wearing when the sun is shining. Why not experiment with shades that are a little outside of your normal comfort zone, such as hot pink, canary yellow or cobalt blue?
- For a really modern take on the ruffle trend, why not experiment with ruffled sleeves instead? That way, you can still show off your figure in a smooth, flat-fronted top whilst demonstrating your fashion credentials in the season’s hottest trend.
Catleyn Top by Besiva
Our final trend might not seem like much of a trend at first: denim rarely goes out of fashion! But this season as well as wearing denim jeans, we are also pairing them with denim tops, denim jackets, denim everything! This denim overload was a huge trend on the catwalk for Versace, and the denim shirt stood at the heart of it all.
The beauty of denim is that it’s so versatile! You can take this trend in any direction, and adapt it to suit you.
Here are our top tips for wearing a denim shirt:
- Vary the shades of the denim you wear. If your top and bottom half are the same tone you risk looking like you’re wearing a denim suit! Instead pair a blue denim shirt with black or white jeans, or add a feminine edge by throwing a denim shirt over a floral skirt or dress.
- Consider the fit of the denim you choose carefully. Whilst an oversized denim shirt might look great on the catwalk, on anyone other than a waif-like model it could make you look too bulky!
- Don’t overdo it! Although the trend calls for an overload of denim, any more than two or three pieces in any one outfit will simply look odd and over the top!