Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
If you're trying to impress your co-workers in an important Zoom meeting or you're reinvigorating your romantic life via a socially-distanced FaceTime date, a silk printed top is an elegant solution to appear polished, (from the waist up). If you care to change out of stretch pants, the mix-and-match pairing options are virtually endless. A feminine floral button-down can hold its own with a tailored suit, a pair of baggy tomboy jeans, or your floaty vintage maxi skirt. Lightweight enough for dreaded summer heat waves, the versatility of a silk printed top will give even your trusty white button-down some hefty competition. Go for an iconic '70s print, find a sheer version to pair with your arsenal of bralettes, or invest in a designer piece adorned with a signature print. Ahead, we've got 10 options to shop now.
A silky fabric elevates the bandana print, so you can sport this bow blouse alongside a suit. It easily pairs with denim shorts and low-rise sneakers too.
A perfect pinstripe top is a wardrobe must-have, but consider trading your starchy cotton button-downs for this silky, puff-shoulder rendition.
This statement silk top showcases Gucci's iconic floral prints and heritage stripes. Consider this an investment piece that can be worn buttoned up as a shirt or worn open, over a T-shirt, like a jacket.
This short-sleeve cropped blouse will be your future vacay wardrobe MVP. Style it unbuttoned over a bodysuit and biker shorts for any and all activities.
Pair this blue floral print top with a gaucho pant and blazer for the boardroom. For nighttime—ditch the blazer, throw on a pair of stilettos, and roll up the sleeves.
Wear this zebra printed silk top with a pair of khaki Bermuda shorts when you're in the mood for adventure. It's still acceptable if you're limited to exploration in your own backyard.
This lightweight silk blouse will complement a pencil skirt, tucked in, with a hardware or logo belt. For days off, style it with a bralette and boyfriend jeans.
This retro printed blouse will give life to your grey wool skirt suit. Throw on your favorite hoop earrings and don a chain strap cell phone carrying case to spice up your 9 to 5.
Sport this neutral silk stripe shirt with the matching pants for a pajama ensemble you can get away with in public.