Jeans & A Nice Top: The Failsafe Outfit Formula


Some pairings are sacred.

Fish and chips. Gin and tonic. Jeans and a nice top.

And while each of these iconic duos soothes my soul in its own special way, only the third can answer the age-old question that haunts my girls’ group chat every weekend:

“What are ppl wearing tonight? xx”

Whether I’m heading out for drinks, a house party or a birthday dinner, it’s the versatile outfit combo I’ll always rely on. Dressy up top, comfy down below – what’s not to love?

I’ve picked out a few of my fave nice tops below – happy scrolling!

For Dinners Out…

Pair this unique houndstooth top with faux leather skinnies for an eye-catching look that’s guaranteed to turn heads. A comfy shirred waist makes this silky blouse bloat-friendly, so it’s the perfect pick for a night spent eating and drinking. Plus, the floaty sleeves will keep you toasty as temps drop – if you’re really feeling the chill, add a black blazer or biker jacket for warmth.

Houndstooth Shirred Peplum Cut Out Sleeve By Blue Vanilla | £28.00

For Christmas Parties…

Pick something sparkly and a little bit extra – like this high-neck blouse with sequin details. This show-stopper comes in a relaxed fit and has slightly oversized sleeves, so it’s great if you prefer more coverage around your arms, bust or tummy area. Not sure what to wear it with? Layer this one over wax-coated jeans and complete the look with strappy heels.

Black Sequin High Neck Loose Fit Blouse By Gini London | £58.00

For Wine Night…

Get your hands on this dotty blouse with playful frill details. I’d tuck it into high-waisted trousers to create a more streamlined silhouette, adding metallic heels to complement the print. It is partially sheer, so you might want to slip a cami top underneath, too.

Gold Dots Pleated Frill Shirt By Blue Vanilla | £30.00

For Casual Drinks…

Dress down this flattering wrap-front top with cropped trousers. That wear-anywhere navy colour will go with most items in your wardrobe, but I’d be tempted to opt for frayed jeans in light wash blue. Finish this outfit with block heel sandals (or even white trainers) and a Pinot Grigio.

Long Sleeve Wrap Knot Top In Navy By Jenerique | £32.00

For New Year’s Eve…

Count down to 2023 (eek – how is that right!?) in style with this glam puffball top. I love the diamanté collar and cuffs – they add a subtle touch of sparkle if you’re not the biggest fan of sequins. Looking for more festive shades? This one is also available in green and red!

Diamante Collar & Cuff Puffball Top In Black By Blue Vanilla | £28.00

For Cocktails With Friends…

Throw this satin-feel blouse over your comfiest denim. A busy print and oversized fit hide any signs of bloating, while the cuffed sleeves and high neck will help you stay warm all night long. Team with leather-looks leggings, a longline trench and ankle boots.

High Neck Silky Top In Green Abstract Print By Jenerique | £32.00
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