Do You Own These Essential Tops?

  1. Mary says:

    I live in Wisconsin, where winter temperatures are COLD! (16 degrees below zero one day this week) So, I will have to add layering turtlenecks in basic colors to the list of basic tops. While I get that they are not always considered ‘fashion forward’, I can’t live without them in the winter months.

  2. Beth H says:

    Hi Beth; I really lIke your outfit combos! As a large-chested woman, do you have recommendations for blouses that won’t gap and/or can v-necks be subbed for crew necks?

    • Beth Djalali says:

      have you tried a popover top? it’s similar to a button up but is a bit roomier and doesn’t button all the way down. if you like a v-neck instead of a crewneck then feel free to substitute. this list created for tops isn’t exhaustive so feel free to inject your personal preferences.

  3. Elise says:

    Hello Beth,
    My favorite photo is you in the Grey crew neck sweater. A simple outfit that makes you stunning from head to toe! It reminds me of Mary Tyler Moore casual during her Dick Van Dyke show days. Gray is my favorite neutral color in my wardrobe.

  4. Stacy says:

    Great post! Can you link the short sleeve white shirt you have pictured?

  5. Great post! I too would like you to link the short sleeve white blouses. Love the blazer options.

  6. Nancy says:

    Terrific information packed post!
    I’m curious; do you find that you wear blazers often?
    I live in the NE and find that I don’t reach for my blazers in retirement. I know they have always been a classic piece, but here, I either need a coat over them in the winter or they are too hot for the summer. I do use summer weight ones as a substitute for a cardigan in air conditioned places, but otherwise the ones I have go unworn.
    Also, just to comment on. white blouses; I’ve tried so many because they are always suggested by stylists, and just don’t like them on. Either they are too stiff, or too subject to static cling. I never layer them with sweaters because that’s too hot.
    Anyway, 2 classic styles you mention that I love the look of on others, but not me! All the rest…yes, yes yes! I do love your styling ideas. Can’t wait for “the bottoms!”

    • Beth Djalali says:

      i wear blazers all the time. i even sized up with a winter coat or two just so i can wear a blazer. Theory has a beautiful knit white blouse that is comfortable and chic. just a thought.

  7. Ann Ruble says:

    Thanks so much for this very informative post, Beth! I’ve be a subscriber for several years and have learned so much from you! A couple comments:
    1. Instead of a crewneck, would a v-neck sweater suffice? The v is much more flattering on me!
    2. The chambray shirt…I’m just not into them. I bought one b/c you and other bloggers highly recommend them, but I find I never wear them.
    3. Your blogposts are always well-written and professional. However, I’m so sorry to say this one was filled with typos. That takes away from the polished image I’ve always loved about you. But it doesn’t mean I’ll stop reading! 🙂

    • Beth Djalali says:

      personal preference is the cornerstone to style. if you feel more comfortable in a v-neck by all means wear a v-neck. i have just found they are not as versatile as a crewneck.
      and if you never wear a chambray shirt i hope it’s in the donate or sell pile. someone else will love to wear it.
      typos. well, we do have those even though the post is proofread. gosh, darn that human err!

  8. Nancy B says:

    Excellent post, Beth. Thanks for reminding me of the basics in a wardrobe. This post will help me in pairing down my wardrobe to a capsule wardrobe of sorts which I’m working on achieving this coming year. Fashion is so much fun!

  9. maria Tzintzis says:

    Hi Beth,
    My name is Maria and I have been following you since lock downs have began and i live in Melbourne the most lock down city in the world ha ha. I am 62 years old and just love your advice and information you give to your followers. You always look beautiful and chick and you certainly have inspired me to always try to look my best. Looking forward to your posts every week.
    Lets hope for a healthy and safe 2022 with no more lock downs but somehow i doubted it.

  10. Tracy Lawley says:

    Great post. . . again. Could you provide and shopping link to the last pic of the pink V neck sweater and white shirt. Thanks.

  11. Arlene Clark says:

    Dear Beth,
    I’ve been following you since the Pandemic started. I enjoy your posts and think you have excellent taste in fashion. Everything you wear is something I would chose when shopping for clothes, shoes and bags.
    You are chic and lovely!
    Keep those gorgeous fashions coming!

    Arlene Clark
    Vero Beach Florida

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