Why ‘Jeans and a Nice Top’ will Forever be our Fallback Outfit

Why Jeans and a Nice Top will Forever be our Outfit Fallback

Picture this: it’s Friday night, and you’re getting ready for a night out with the gang. You stand in front of your closet, and ask yourself, what should I wear? You hit up the group chat, and the answer is unanimous: jeans and a nice top. It’s a classic outfit combination that has stood the test of time, and for good reason. We’ve known since the early aughts that the going out top is a versatile, easy-to-wear piece that can take you from the office to a night out. (And plenty of other places too – they’re a no-brainer for event dressing.) And worn with jeans they strike a balance between casual and dressy that seems to work for endless occasions.

Perfect going-out tops have a few things in common. They’re cut in seasonless silhouettes that look modern year after year, and are made in high-quality fabrics that last. Styles that can be paired with bottoms other than jeans (think: slip skirts, tailored trousers, shorts in summer) will give you multiple outfit combinations. And, as always, neutral colours work the hardest, giving your winter capsule wardrobe maximum versatility.

Maybe more so in winter than any other season it’s handy to have a go-to ensemble that’s easy, stylish and always appropriate. And whether you’re drawn to form-fitting camisoles or long-sleeved tops with a twist, going out tops are easier to wear in the cold than you might think. Pair the top of your choice with jeans (der), add statement jewellery, then layer up with outerwear. Throw on a pair of boots and you’re good to go.


Why Jeans and a Nice Top will Forever be our Outfit Fallback

The magic of the going out top lies in its ability to act as the focal point of an outfit without taking over. There are many other ways to play with styling – the opportunities are truly endless. Heading into the office? Swap out your jeans for a pair of sharp trousers or a tailored skirt then layer up with a fine wool cardigan and slouchy blazer for extra warmth. Need to dress down a silk top? Swap your heels for sneakers or a flat boot. 

We’ve curated a collection of the best going-out tops and blouses, each one able to be dressed up or down. 

Shop our considered edit of winter-friendly going out tops here.

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