Is there a bigger player in your going out wardrobe than a nice top? If there is, I’d like to know. Because for me, there’s no piece that has the same power to (a) make you feel dressed up with so little effort and (b) instantly level up other basic items in your wardrobe (I’m talking about your favourite high-waisted jeans, leather leggings, mini skirts and so on).
A carefully-chosen mix of going out tops will see you through everything from school night drinks with your co-workers, to dinner parties, to hitting that newly opened bar on a Saturday night. From silky blouses to sequin bodysuits and off-the-shoulder styles, here are some of my favourites. “Cute top” comments guaranteed.
Tops For Weeknight Drinks
High Neck Polka Blouse
The black high neck polka dot blouse is perfect paired with your go-to jeans or a pair of high-waisted trousers for mid-week drinks. Polished enough for work but dressy enough for spontaneous drinks, it’s a great smart-casual piece to have in your wardrobe. I’d wear it with leather leggings, chunky boots, and a chain strap bag.
Olive Long Sleeve Top
Another piece that’ll see you from your afternoon meeting to an after-hours glass of wine, this olive top has elasticated cuffs for a comfier fit. Tuck loosely into a pair of black jeans or leather-look trousers, and add an oversized leather jacket or blazer. This deep green colour looks gorgeous styled with gold jewellery – add some statement earrings for a dressier look.
Tops For The Pub
Giraffe Print Blouse
With its floaty shape, flattering plissee pleats and striking print, the giraffe blouse is the ideal pub top. Easy to throw on and extra comfy for a night of eating and drinking, this piece is seriously popular with SF customers. It has a day-to-night feel and can be easily dressed up or down for almost any occasion.
Green Leopard Top
You can’t go wrong with leopard print, and this all-over leopard print top immediately makes an impression. It’s cut with subtly flared statement sleeves, which are perfect for unpredictable weather. Pair with a leather mini skirt, or your favourite jeans, and a layer on a necklace to finish the look.
Tops For Nights Out
High Neck Blouse
Silky-soft on the skin and expensive-looking, this high neck blouse is really striking. It hangs in such a flattering way – and leaves your arms free if you’re out for a night of dancing. It’s also available in electric blue, black and olive green, so you’re sure to find a shade you love. This would be perfect worn tucked in
Animal Burnout Bodysuit
I’ve filed this black animal patterned bodysuit under ‘night out’ but really you could file it under any of these categories, it’s that versatile. I love the slightly sheer sleeves and flattering mock-wrap front, which would work with any sort of bra. This really is a wardrobe classic and the perfect going out top. Pair with palazzo pants or leather trousers for an all-black look, and finish with gold accessories.
Tops For Hitting The Club
Eva Sequin Bodysuit
Another bodysuit here – but this one’s definitely here to take you out-out. With eye-catching rose gold sequin detail and long sheer sleeves, the Eva bodysuit is that piece that’ll instantly put you in the mood to go out. Slip it on for instant sexiness and pair with your favourite skinnies or leggings for the ultimate party-ready look.
Tie Front Lurex Top
Find us on the dancefloor wearing the tie front lurex top. This piece is great if you want to feel dressed-up but prefer a looser fit with a bit more coverage. The tie-detail cinches in your waist, and the fabric really shimmers when it catches the light. Team with PU leggings and sparkle your way through party season.
Tops For Dinner Parties
Kimono Knot Top
If you’re going to be eating all night, you may want a top that’s dressy but also kind to the tummy area. Enter the kimono knot top, which drapes beautifully and highlights your waist, thanks to its striking knotted detail. The flowing long sleeves mean this top works with any sort of bra, too. You could pair this khaki colour with leather trousers and a jacket for a dinner date (it’s also available in black, by the way).
Ruffle Bardot Blouse
Glamorous but comfy, this off-the-shoulder top in midnight blue is another great top that can accommodate a starter, main and dessert. Made in a soft stretch fabric with elasticated cuffs and the silver edging, it pairs well with faux leather bottoms and heels, or can be dressed down with jeans.