Wrap blouses, also known as surplice tops, can have a bad (excuse the pun) rap. Long sleeved, exaggerated cuffs, replete with a huge bow at the waist, make us think of the go-to evening option for women gliding into their golden years. But times change, and so do the iterations of specific types of clothing — thankfully. Right now we’re loving how current wrap blouses are. Made by hip retailers and designers like Free People and Derek Lam, they’re skewing more fashionable and versatile than ever before. They’re about to be our go-to for day-to-night looks. And if mom (or grandma) wants to borrow ours, she’s more than welcome to add a fresh infusion to her look, too.
This sweet sweater top leaves just enough to the imagination to make it office appropriate, and just enough sex appeal to transition to cocktail hour. You may have it under your suit during the day, but if you pack your leather pencil skirt to change into post-5, you'll be ready to go.
$795 at Moda Operandi.
It's so easy to buy the interesting piece and leave the simpler one at the store, especially if you're doling out a wad of cash. But a simple white blouse that isn't too clingy is a must-have. Dark blue skinny jeans, statement jewelry, heels, perfection.
$79.50 at Lord & Taylor.
Shades of Gray
This blouse covers the graphic trend, as well as the black and white combination seen on the red carpet so often. But, you can forget about its trendiness, because this will become a classic in your wardrobe.
$263.25 at Blue and Cream.
Asian-inspired runway looks crossed from the fall catwalks into spring. And why not? Their cultural fashion heritage is beyond gorgeous. Case in point: the kimono sleeves on this simple navy number. We can see this on top of an LBD, faded jeans as seen here, or a pair of wide-leg trousers.
$129 at Singer 22.
Stripes of Fancy
Love stripes? Have the erstwhile sailor tee folded in your drawers in multiples? Here's another way to make stripes work for you, a la Derek Lam. The slouchy fit is so right now.
$375 at Bergdorf Goodman.
This color green works on just about everyone who wears it. If you're in a black rut, this color can get you out. And we love the faux wrap neckline that gives way to a defined waist and peplum bottom. So feminine. And so right for your favorite skinny belts.
$29.88 at Ann Taylor.
A sheer wrap sleeveless number is definitely a keeper. Because you can make it day appropriate with a cream or white tank underneath, and then switch it out with a black cami, or if you're daring, wear it like the model does here.
$268 at Bloomingdales.
How, you ask, do I transition a boho top from day to night? It's true this might not be in your office wardrobe, but it will certainly be in your weekend brunch look. Wear it with faded denim or a maxi. When nighttime rolls around, it's gorgeous for your favorite concert in the park. I'd pair it with my black faux leather leggings, personally. And then throw on some sexy metallic sandals.
$108 at Free People.