How to Dress From the Waist Up – Dressbarn

How to Dress From the Waist Up

How to Dress From the Waist Up - Dressbarn


We don’t get many excuses to dress up from head to toe these days, but thanks to Zoom calls and virtual meetings, we’re still expected to look good from the waist up. Thankfully, better days ahead of us, so we can start saying hello to our favorite jeans, leggings, and skirts once again. 

There are so many ways to be creative with your style despite only getting dressed 50% of the time. Pull up your pants and lay down your wardrobe—it’s time to get back in the game, one outfit at a time.


Flaunt your décolletage

V-neck or low-neck tops are perfect for making yourself look presentably chic. Play them up by opting for flutter, flared, quarter, or ruffle sleeves. Neutrals are more subtle, but a bright palette can add a more playful flair to your ensemble. 

If you feel like you’re showing too much, don’t worry because that’s what accessories are for. Layer a necklace or two or don a pair of statement earrings for a more alluring look.

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Go for a wrap-style top or dress

Dressing for comfort doesn’t always mean you’re skimping on style. Take a wrap-style top or dress, for example. It’s effortlessly stylish and seriously flattering on any body type. It’s the perfect choice for any occasion, from work affairs to intimate family events.

To style this elegant yet straightforward trans-seasonal piece, wear it with a pair of relaxed trousers or a skirt. Jeans also work if you want a more casual outfit, then elevate your look with jewelry.

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Blazers that can take you from day to night


We can attest to the timelessness and versatility of a good blazer. They have earned their place as a classic wardrobe staple; whether oversized or perfectly tailored, there’s something to suit every taste. It’s an effortless trick to dress up any basic top and still look put together.

Swap out your knits for linen tops or white tees to make them work for spring. We love wearing ours with relaxed boyfriend jeans and sneakers for that chic, off-duty model look. Slip into some heels after five, and you’re ready for a night out on the town.

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All white everything

White pieces practically sit at the top of the hierarchy of clothes in your wardrobe. They’re a must for any fashion-forward gal, whether it’s a t-shirt, smart casual blouse, or a pair of trousers. We’re also partial to white sneakers because they just go with any outfit perfectly.

Pull off an all-white ensemble by combining textures and playing with proportions. For example, offset an oversized, boxy blouse with slim-fitting pants or pair a sleek crop top with wide-leg trousers. Both outfits are chic and can work either day or night. 

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In statement prints we trust

Sometimes, a basic top gives the impression that you didn’t put too much thought into your outfit, which is why we have a soft spot for prints. There are so many options on the market, including stripes, polka dots, plaid, and gingham. But since we’re about getting dressed from the waist up, why not step out of your comfort zone a little bit?

Try bold florals or geometric prints for a change. They instantly dial your style game to 10, with the addition of accessories like a necklace or pair of earrings.

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Tunics that double as a day dress

We live for tunics during spring and summer. They flatter any body shape, are comfortable to wear, and come in different lengths and fits. We love pairing this easy top with slender bottoms for a breezy springtime look or dressing it up by adding a belt to cinch the waist.

Opt for a printed tunic or play with symmetry. For example, a cold-shoulder tunic is perfect for spring/summer dates or if you just want to dress up for the season.

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Statement accessories

Whether we’re going outside or not, we can’t live without accessories. They present endless possibilities to mix and match, starting with pieces that are already considered staples in our wardrobe. Gold hoops, lariat necklaces, bangles, and minimalist rings are some of our favorites, but when dressing up a basic top, we suggest going for more statement pieces. Think tassels, links, and even fun color-blocking details.

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The resurgence of peplum tops

Peplum tops are back with a 2021 update. Cuff sleeves and ruffles make them more wearable and versatile because you can practically pair them with any bottom—jeans, shorts, skirts, and even slacks. From casual settings to more formal affairs, this top might be your new go-to. 

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Breezy capris

Make capris springtime-ready with intricate trim details. These denim picks go perfectly with any top, from linen shirts to lightweight knits. Style yours with classic espadrilles or sneakers, or elevate your look with a pair of slingback heels.

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Don’t overthink your outfits

These styling tips and tricks exist to help you rediscover the joys of getting dressed, even if it means you’re only getting ready for the screen. Fashion should be fun and uncomplicated, not to mention inspiring. It’s supposed to make us feel good about ourselves, regardless if we’re facing the outside world or staying indoors.

And with these key wardrobe pieces, you’ll never fumble through your closet again when trying to look fantastic from the waist up.

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