Hardly few outfits beat the comfort and the in-vogue appeal of a top. Perhaps that’s the reason why a sought-after couturier like Coco Chanel preferred to design the famous Breton striped top in the initial phases of her career, before moving on to more intricate gowns and couture offerings of her time. Not many know that Chanel found the inspiration for the popular navy and white striped top in the similar sailors’ uniform when she saw them along the shore in France.
Speaking of tops, which are nothing short of a uniform for almost every occasion, it is well known that the outfit pairs well with a number of ensembles- think skirts, leggings, denim, trousers and more. Ranging from a lazy brunch to a boardroom meeting, a perfect pick of the attire can bring freshness to any done-to-death ensemble. And oh, the varieties! Whether you favour the basic and minimal or prefer something that inclines towards the more embellished and embroidered offerings, there is truly something for everyone.
With a multitude of colours, silhouettes, design elements, prints, and patterns coming into play, there is hardly any reason for you to not go gaga over this attire we have known since time immemorial. And keeping that thought intact in mind, we bring to you an assortment of a wide variety of tops to choose from, all under Rs 1000! So read on to view an especially curated list of tops well within your budget, along with ways to style them and where to shop them too. (Psst, it’s online!) You are welcome.
Remember all those times when you are in a hurry and cannot think of anything to wear? A solid colour top in just a single colour could very well be the equivalent of your knight in shining armour in all those situations. Wear it with a pair of ripped denim and sneakers and before you know it, you are ready to step out in style!
POPxo Recommends: Basic Asymmetrical T-shirt by Zara
Delve into your affinity for all things print as you browse through the varied varieties of printed tops there are. Sure the floral and much-hyped prints of the season might steal the spotlight every now and then, but make sure to pay attention to the classics. Think polka dots, stripes and the works.
POPxo Recommends: Polka Dot Print Shirt by Koovs
Come Spring, there is a surge in the demand for floral print tops all around. Be it dainty florals, super huge motifs or minimal placement flora, floral print tops are a mainstay in the majority of wardrobes. You can, however, go the distinct route by styling it a tad bit differently. Layer a solid coloured cape over your bright top to bring the needed balance to your look, and you are sorted.
POPxo Recommends: Pink Floral Frill Waist Top by Faballey
Basic, minimal and yet striking, a geometric print top is a failsafe choice for any occasion. Don it to a casual outing with friends or team it with formal trousers to wear at work- they fit in just about everywhere.
POPxo Recommends: Women White & Black Slim Fit Checked Casual Shirt by Myntra
Summer would be almost incomplete without a stylish crop top in place. Flaunt them abs that you have worked so hard on all year, or wear it with a pair of high-waisted trousers and a jacket if you are not in the mood to bare some skin.
POPxo Recommends: Rose Casey Knotted Crop Top by Stalk Buy Love
Nothing beats the comfy and cosy appeal of an oversized top. Ever stylish and pleasant to stay in, these wearable tops can be worn on any casual day out, be it a shopping trip or just a casual hangout with friends. Pair your oversized pick with shorts, jeans or tuck it inside a maxi skirt to stand out from the crowd.
POPxo Recommends: Grey Cotton Casual Top by Stalk Buy Love
Summer would be unthinkable without a handy pair (or two) of sleeveless tops to rely on. And hey, you can wear them just about anywhere! Pick a sleeveless top in a formal style to perfect your work look, and a casual, out-there top if an informal look is what you have on your mind.
POPxo Recommends: Vero Moda Red Self Design Blouse by Jabong
A cinched waist can completely change the overall look of your outfit, and while a belt usually does the trick, wouldn’t it be so much cooler if your OOTD came with a cinched waist in place? Luckily for us all, cinched waist tops are a thing and they are all you need to nail a sophisticated look. Team with a pair of wide legged trousers for maximum impact or keep it simple with a pair of skinny jeans in place.
POPxo Recommends: Mustard Floral Eleanor Plus Size Cinched Waist Blouse by Stalk Buy Love
Ah, stripes! To say that one couldn’t live without ‘em wouldn’t be an understatement. After all, they are the saviours our wardrobes need at all times. From flaunting a single jersey striped top to wearing a blouse featuring vertical stripes, there are a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to wearing a striped top. Thin stripes, thick stripes or colourful iterations of it, pick what you like best.
POPxo Recommends: Striped Crew-Neck Top by AJIO
Party on your mind? Bring out the glitter and shimmer aka embellished tops! Not all of us want to go all out with the glimmer, so opt for minimal embellishments or one that is placed appropriately to create a balanced look.
POPxo Recommends: Women Black Embellished Top by Myntra
Trust an embroidered top to give the perfect bohemian vibe you need. Colourful embroidery in vibrant hues, tone-on-tone threadwork or a mix of subtle hues- take your pick from the enormous variety at hand.
POPxo Recommends: Floral Embroidered Sleeve Top by Koovs
Dare to bare, and if you must, what could possibly serve as a better option than an off-shoulder top that perfectly shows off your neck and shoulders! Pair your pick with a skirt or team it with your favourite shorts on a bright, sunny day.
POPxo Recommends: Oxblood Lace Bell Sleeve Off Shoulder Top by Faballey
Another great option for a winning summer look is undoubtedly an asymmetric shoulder top that incorporates ruffles and enticing surface manipulations, a wardrobe must-have to bring some drama to your OOTD.
POPxo Recommends: One-Shoulder Top with Ruffled Bodice by AJIO
One might say that cold shoulder tops have been worn far too often and for far too long, but if you choose the correct cold-shoulder top to wear, your attire is bound to be a win-win. Go for exuberant florals, classic prints, and embroideries that leave a mark.
POPxo Recommends: Floral Cold Shoulder Top by Koovs
Did you know that the first lace fabric was made way back in the 176os? As bewildering as that may sound, lace has definitely come a long way and fortunately is now a closet staple. Wear a dainty, intricate lace top for that party you have been meaning to go to.
POPxo Recommends: Black Michelle Lace Detail Crop Top by Stalk Buy Love
First used as a sturdy fabric for fishermen who needed a uniform that wouldn’t wear off easily, denim is now rightly a ubiquitous offering, found in our wardrobes in the form of jeans, tops, shirts and much more. Go for the ‘Canadian Tuxedo’, popularly known as the denim-on-denim jacket and jeans look by opting for a denim top underneath and layering with a jacket.
POPxo Recommends: Forever 21 Blue Solid Denim Shirt Style Top by Jabong
Comfortable, stylish and breathable, knitted fabrics such as single jersey, modal and pique make life easier and bearable. Choose to wear one to work or as you go around town, it’s the comfiest option there is!
POPxo Recommends: Mango navy blue striped top by Jabong
Never underestimate the sophisticated appeal that a chic woven top emanates. Perhaps the most perfect outfit there is for a suitable workwear look, a woven top is one attire that can take you from desk to dinner in no time.
POPxo Recommends: Jacquard Top With Bow by Zara
A peplum top can be best defined by fabric gathered at the waist of a top, giving it a flared, skirt-like appearance. Unbelievably chic and apt to wear in a professional setting or a soiree, peplum tops can make for a flawless and winning look.
POPxo Recommends: Black Peplum Cotton Peplum Top by Stalk Buy Love
No one can ever say no to layers, and we don’t blame them! Stylish, fashionable and with an element of the unexpected, layers are bound to break the monotony of the dull, tried-and-tested outfits that you wish to take a break from.
POPxo Recommends: Pink Georgette Lightweight Layered Top With Cut-Out Detail by Myntra
Frills, but make them fashion! Gathered fabric at the front of your top or the sleeves can make a huge amount of difference, elevating your look to give the desired appearance you wish for. Take your pick of the frills by selecting the fashionably frilled top you like best for an outing.
POPxo Recommends: Vero Moda Pink Solid Blouse by Jabong
Hello Summer! Few things spell out bright and sunny summertime as a stylish cami top does.
Wear it as an OOTD or an OOTN, playing with prints during the day and opting for a sleek black lace top for night. And just in case you need to make it safe to wear to work, layer over your outfit with a smart blazer for an effortlessly chic look.
Using two or, in some cases, more than two colours to create an impactful look and that’s what makes colour blocking an enticing option for maximalists and minimalists alike. With an option to create a look using subtle hues or vibrant colours-as you like it- colour blocking is an uber-cool trend to take into account.
POPxo Recommends: Ombre Dyed Mandarin Collar Flared Top With Full Sleeves by Jabong
Need a sexy OOTD for the summer? Bring in the tube tops! Easy to wear and suitable to beat the sweltering heat, tube tops are chic, sassy and you can always use them as a layer underneath when looking forward to flaunting a cool jacket. Need more reasons? We didn’t think so either.
POPxo Recommends: Stripe Tube Top With Lace Up Back by Shein
Classic and timeless, tank tops are a mainstay in fashion circles and one look at them will tell you why it’s so. Case in point: You can wear them without batting an eyelid in hot as well as cold weather (just add layers) and a classy option works as a great workwear option too!
POPxo Recommends: High Neck Solid Tank Top by Shein
Fashionable, modish and extremely comfy, maxi tops are a flawless outfit stop for you if comfort trumps everything else. Not to worry, for maxi tops are equal parts striking too!
POPxo Recommends: Turtle Neck Maxi Top – Navy by Faballey
If you thought capes are restricted to superheroes, think again. With an array of layered and cape tops available to be shopped, capes are for everyone who wishes to step up their sartorial game.
POPxo Recommends: Layered Cape Top by Faballey
If a bit of asymmetrical flair is what you think your wardrobe needs, think no more! High-low tops form the perfect choice for a fashionably comfortable outfit, especially if you are someone who prefers a longer back hem.
Cut-out details, sequins, embellishment, embroidery, drapes and layers are few of the many details that can be used to highlight the neck of a top, bringing about the emphasis on the area. Alternately, plunging and manipulated necklines could also be your pick of choice if you are planning to step out for a party and need to be dressed up to the nines.
POPxo Recommends: Broad Neck Scuba Top by Koovs
A loose armhole and a fitting wrist are the main elements of a batwing sleeve, giving it a somewhat similar appearance like that of the wing of a bat. From a party to a formal occasion, a batwing sleeve top can be your pick for the day if you feel stuck in a rut in terms of style.
POPxo Recommends: Embroidered Top with Batwing Sleeves by AJIO
The fact that the Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment is widely known, with Ki meaning ‘to wear’ and mono signifying ‘thing’. Deriving inspiration from this traditional garb, the kimono sleeve is characterised by a loose fitting which may vary according to design elements involved.
Named after Lord Raglan, the first man and aristocrat to supposedly wear a garment with a raglan sleeve, this sleeve can be distinguished by its distinct feature, one where it directly meets the neck of the garment, leaving a diagonal seam from the neck to the armhole. While looking for alternatives in the category to wear, opt for a simple raglan sleeve top or go OTT with an embroidered top featuring the raglan sleeve.
Smart and emphasised just the right way, a puffed sleeve top can take you places. You can wear it a boardroom meeting and office drinks with equal elan and TBH, that’s all the reason you need to bag one at the earliest!
POPxo Recommends: Blue Perseus Puff Sleeve Blouse by Stalk Buy Love
For the uninitiated, a bishop sleeve is characterised by a puffy, gathered appearance at the cuff, giving way to an emphasised sleeve. To create a much-needed balance in your look and keep the focus of your ensemble on the dramatic bishop sleeve top you are wearing, pick a pair of plain trousers or leggings to team with your blouse.
POPxo Recommends: High-Neck Top with Bell Sleeves by AJIO
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