A nice top and jeans was an outfit that peaked in popularity in the '00s, as the likes of Marissa Cooper and Summer Roberts made party tops and low-rise flares the coolest thing to wear past 6 p.m. The idea of going out dressing has been an alien concept over the past year, and as our diaries slowly start to fill up with reunion plans and restaurants reopen, this outfit is the perfect way to ease back into dressing up.
You can opt for something playful, daring or even attention-seeking, and make it seem more relaxed by pairing it with any pair of jeans. There are five types of going-out tops that are particularly popular at the moment, which range from simple basics to OTT "I'm back" statement makers. Below you'll find smock tops with bow details, pleated long-sleeve blouses, silk tops with feather trims and tank tops with cutouts. The one thing they all have in common is that they'll make any pair of jeans feel special.
Keep scrolling to see the five going out tops that will look good with all jeans.
1. Black and Detailed
Style Notes: The simple black top has got a makeover with interesting cutout details, puff sleeves and open backs. The perfect partner to any pair of jeans.
Mango Ribbed Knit Top (£20)
& Other Stories Cropped Asymmetric Tie Top (£45)
Loup Charmant Anacapri Smocked Cotton-Muslin Top (£290)
Rhode Charlotte Ruffled Cotton-Poplin Cropped Top (£280)
The Line by K Ximeno Open-Back Ribbed Stretch-Jersey Top (£70)
2. Silk Shirts
Style Notes: If you're not quite ready to leave loungewear behind, why not wear a silky top that is as comfortable as any PJs. We've found so many amazing options with buckets of personality.
Les Rêveries Ruffled Silk-Jacquard Shirt (£461)
Sleeper Feather-Trimmed Crepe De Chine Pajama Set (£245)
S.A.R.K Daily Dose Pill-Button Short-Sleeved Silk Blouse (£395)
Art Dealer Aretha Shirt Pink and Yellow Feathers (£170)
S.A.R.K Ring Pull-Button Silk-Satin Shirt (£345)
3. Ruched or Pleated Detailing
Style Notes: If you want something simple, but that still feels special, we'd recommend a long-sleeve top with neat pleats or ruched detailing.
Nanushka Maeko Ruched Linen and Cotton-Blend Shirt (£295)
Pleats Please Issey Miyake Musical Score Technical-Pleated Jacket (£480)
Pleats Please Issey Miyake High-Neck Sleeveless Technical-Pleated Top (£175)
COS Crinkled Top (£55)
& Other Stories Boxy Laser Cut Plissé Top (£65)
4. Pretty Tops With a Holiday Feeling
Style Notes: For something a little more casual, there are lots of beautiful, breezy summer tops that will bring that holiday feeling to your local. The Matteau short-sleeve silk top is one of our favourites.
& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Spaghetti Tie Top (£55)
Story Mfg Mon Embroidered Organic Cotton-Blend Top (£395)
Matteau The Short Sleeve Printed Silk Shirt (£270)
Cecilie Bahnsen Carrie Ruffled Faille Top (£560)
Glassworks Purple Ruched Puff Sleeve Cropped Top (£55)
5. Cutouts and Unexpected Necklines
Style Notes: In general, for spring/summer 2021, there has been a move towards more fitted and at times revealing silhouettes. Either opt for a subtle slash at the neck or more dramatic cutouts all over.
Nasty Gal Slinky Lace Up Tie Crop Top (£13)
COS Ribbed Asymmetric Vest (£55)
Dion Lee Fork Cutout Ribbed Wool-Blend Top (£420)
& Other Stories One Sleeve Top (£65)
COS Cotton Draped Panel Sweater (£69)
Andrea Adamo Brown Cut-Out Cropped Ribbed Top (£155)
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2021.
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