One common wardrobe essential is a layering piece that you can wear under fitted blazers and jackets. And as the weather cools down, you’re looking for something that is warmer than a shell top, tank top, button-down shirt or blouse. Here are three great options from Banana Republic that aren’t scratchy. They all have lower necklines, which work well if you have a larger bust, or if you don’t have a long neck. They look equally great layered and worn on their own, which comes in handy when removing your jacket indoors. 

  • Banana Republic Extra-Fine Merino Wool Vee Pullover: The fluid fit is excellent, and so is the super soft texture and high-low hemline. It does not cling, but is sufficiently tailored to wear under a jacket. Fashionable and comfortable.
  • Banana Republic Draped Jersey Top: This drapey and ruched style is brilliant on a larger bust and/or broad shoulder line. It also camouflages muffin top. It's elegant and dressy, and works particularly well under a tailored blazer. You have to be able to fill out this top to prevent the drape from looking sloppy.
  • Banana Republic Draped Tee: A more tailored top in a thinner material that drapes on the shoulder and side seams. It's not clingy because of the drape, which also adds interest to the top.

When writing this I noticed that Banana Republic is offering a 30% discount on full price items until the end of today. With reasonable prices and quality, I find BR is a good destination for the wardrobe essentials that support statement pieces and take them from items to outfits.