The striped bateau shirt is a wardrobe workhorse. It is one of those pieces that seemingly never go out of style and always look chic. For me, however, it also becomes a trap. When you can’t be bothered to consider an outfit, you sometimes end up wearing the same thing over and over again. Chic or not, you and I deserve better.
This top from Zara is almost too cute to handle. It takes the bateau shirt and turns the volume to ten, then adds bows. It is airy without being too revealing for the job. The neckline is opened up by a cut down, but it isn’t so low that you will worry about undergarments sneaking out. Also, the boxy, cropped silhouette is a relaxed fit that wont constrict you all day.
I know what you are thinking…a cropped top for the office? Hear me out on this one.
Paired with pants or skirts with a high waist will make this a safe piece to wear to work. As long as the hemline of the top overlaps the waistband of the bottom, you won’t run the risk of showing too much skin. Since this top has a wider cut, the layered effect over a fitted waistband is actually quite slimming and figure flattering.
This is also a piece that doesn’t necessarily have to follow the balancing rule of fitted vs. loose. Usually, a rule of thumb is to balance a looser top with a slim bottom and vice versa. This shirt, however, looks great paired with the high-waisted culottes shown on Zara’s website. Just remember to pick a bottom that has a more tailored waist and hip area if you want a slimming look.