Drew Barrymore pairs a T-shirt with her suit at an event in Los Angeles in February 2013.

Alternatives to Wearing a Blouse Under a Suit

by Pamela Simmons

Suits are a workplace staple because they're conservative and just dressed-up enough. Though a classic blouse is the go-to top under your suit, it's not your only option. If you're looking to switch things up, try another option. They range from other conservative pieces to those that are a bit more edgy.

1. Silk Top

Silk is perfectly dressy and comes in many forms. Try a flowy silk top with a pencil skirt or slim-leg trouser. Because you'll be wearing a suit jacket, sleeveless silk tops are a comfortable choice. A drapey silk tank is feminine but still conservative. Make your look more fun by opting for a silk top in a bright, punchy color or interesting print.

2. Camisoles and Corsets

Keep your look cool in a cami or corset. Be sure though, if you're wearing either of these pieces to work, that they are giving you full coverage. Steer clear of plunging necklines that will show off too much skin in the office. Go monochromatic in a camisole that matches your suit or add contrast with a different shade.

3. Sparkles and Glam

If you're going straight from work to happy hour or dinner and want to liven up your outfit, swap out your blouse for a sparkly, sequined top. It will instantly glam up your suit. A sparkly top looks perfect with your suit skirt or pants but can also be integrated into a jeans-top-blazer combination if you're looking to dress things down.

4. Basic T-Shirt

Dress up a comfortable, basic tee by wearing it under a suit. A solid-colored tee works just fine. Make the look more dressy but slipping on a chunky statement necklace. If you want to go edgier, opt for a graphic tee. Finish the look off with a chic pair of pumps, and your suit will look brand new and super stylish.

5. Just Wear the Jacket

Try your blazer or suit jacket with no top underneath. This look can be a bit tricky if you don't want to show off too much skin. Make sure your suit jacket buttons up high enough so that everything is well covered. You may want to try this look for only after-work activities, depending on your company's dress code. Add a pair of pumps or get edgier with a pair of booties to complete the outfit.

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