It’s the not-so-secret outfit formula that knows no bounds and that’s been uttered across female Whatsapp groups, Facebook groups and MSN chats before that for decades (or at least since 2003): jeans and a nice top. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and the reason it’s so prolific is because it's versatile, easy to throw on and always delivers.
With party season in full swing, it feels like the perfect time to revisit one of our wardrobe favourites. Not only is a nice top and jeans a combination for indecisive weather (something us Brits are certainly familiar with) and therefore acceptable attire for roughly 85% of the year, but it is also is decidedly nostalgic and can be tirelessly refreshed.
This is why it’s no surprise that the pairing has also been proven as the cool-girl’s go-to for smart/casual dressing by some of our favourite influencers. From dinner dates to nights out, there are few style dilemmas in life that it can’t solve, and as such, it’s no wonder that a host of online retailers have dedicated whole shopping sections to the infamous style duo on their sites.
Whatever your budget, this season there’s definitely a fancy top (or 14) to match and we’re sure that you’ll have them on rotation through to 2019 and beyond. Here are our top 30 picks from & Other Stories, Net-a-Porter and more that we’re so here for.
Rixo are at it again with this season’s favourite animal print and delicate sequins.
Brilliantly statement, endlessly versatile.
Team with light wash jeans and strappy heels–perfection.
Add cropped flares and a beaded bag and you’ve got date-night heaven.
Party season is all tied up with this ruby Reem Acra bustier.
Go sleek in this Cheongsam tunic by De La Vali.
Attico does it again with elegant sparkles that will up the ante on any denim.
Just add black jeans and heeled boots for a fail-safe look.
Statement sleeves and glimmering gold make this a party favourite.
Blue is hot property this season, and the burnout detail makes this extra special.
Don’t reserve velvet for neutrals. Pack a party punch in hot pink with ruched details.
A sleek cami will go a long way.
Guaranteed to make a statement.
All about the detail of this tulle top.
Because, clearly, you can’t have enough animal print.
Showstopping glitz makes this one-shoulder Semsem gem a smash hit.
The ’00s diamanté detailing is your shortcut to 2018 party season, so this one is a no-brainer.
Cobalt blue polka dots get a yes from us and our denim collection.
This satin Zara cami proves hot pink isn’t just for summer.
Opt for navy velvet for an equally sleek but slightly softer look.
Join the wrap party in perfect embellished velvet.
The pussy-bow and sheer detail make this a lamé blouse a fun, grown-up take on dressing up this season.
Looks good with any denim and a beaded bag.
The ’80s love affair continues without breaking the bank.
This mustard shade promises to stick around for 2019 and will be just as great for spring’s transitional season.
This metallic body is spot on with black skinnies.
Satin, polka dot and high-neck? This one is ticking all of our boxes.
The kind of wrapping you actually want to do.
Nothing says Christmas dressing like jewel-tones and velvet. Get a top that does both.