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Classic tops for women2,250

Black shirts for everyday elegance

A black shirt should be in every wardrobe. Simple and versatile, this is a colour that you can wear on every occasion. Dress it up for work, or pair it with jeans for the weekend. With a bit of thought, this basic can be mixed and matched into a variety of outfits – and you'll never look the same twice! Just make sure you choose the right shape for your figure and take care when accessorising. You might have doubts about wearing black close to your face but, if you pair it with different colours, you can look amazing – regardless of your skin tone.

How to accessorise a women's black shirt

For a lot of women, wearing a black top can cause doubts. Why? If you have pale skin, too much of this colour can wash you out and make you look sallow and ill. However, this is easily combated. Black works as a blank canvas, and you can layer your chosen accessories on top. If you're worried about the strength of a black shirt draining you, liven it up with a pop of colour. This is your chance to wear those bold, funky necklaces that can look like overkill over a printed or colourful top! Remember, though, that you don't want to go too crazy. Choose a bold necklace or a big pair of chunky earrings – but don't go for both together. If you want to highlight fun earrings, wear your hair up to show them off. You could also opt for a scarf or pashmina draped elegantly around your neck. All of these options will help soften the black, allowing you to pull it off with style.

Choosing a black shirt that suits you

A black button-down shirt can look elegant and stylish – but if you're busty, you might worry about popping a button in exactly the wrong place! In this case, it's better to choose a model that's a little loose. Don't go for a figure-skimming design, or the buttons may strain in a deeply unflattering way. Apart from button-down women's black shirts, there are many other styles out there. A v-neck is usually better for larger chests, while less busty women can get away with high necklines, like boat or crew necks. A black wrap top suits most figures and is a good way to flatter your stomach if that's a problem for you.