I cannot remember a time that I didn’t check in with my girlfriends to see what they were wearing if we are headed out to the same place/event.
And I can’t remember a time (in the non-sweaty, summer months) when our collective response didn’t go along the lines, “jeans and a nice top”.
I thought that this very much put me in a certain “mum” age category when it came to dressing for the occasional night out but it seems that it is cross-generational. Earlier this year, young-ish brand Missguided even created a category in its online store dedicated to jeans and a nice top.
So there you go, I’m not feeling so ancient or miss-guided anymore. HAH. I’m feeling relevant and justified for owning a lot of nice tops and jeans.
For there is indeed great appeal borne from the ease of pulling together this outfit combo. It’s an outfit that will make you feel a little bit special without feeling like you’ve gone OTT, which means you can apply this going out “uniform” to just about any occasion or gathering that falls somewhere on the spectrum below weddings and above a casual weekend brunch.
Of course a jeans and top outfit needs a good pair of jeans as its anchor. This is not something that I always had nailed. I used to have a lot of nice tops sitting winking at me in my wardrobe but, without suitable jeans to go with, there they sat. Winking and mocking.
Things all changed with the advent of super stretch in women’s denim. Praise be. Finally (circa 2001), I could find a pair of jeans that sat ok on my flat bum, allowed me to breathe while sitting and made my legs look halfway decent. If you’re still struggling to find a pair that suits you, check out these below. My hot tip: the more stretch, the more likely you might need to size down. They should feel firm going on as they will quickly give, more quickly than non-stretch denim.
5 JEAN GENIES
Bohemian Traders: there is something about the cut and colour of these jeans that keeps me coming back to them time and again. They perform all kinds of sorcery on making my legs look longer than they are.
birdsnest: the Powerstretch range in the bird Keepers label feels and good as it looks on. So, so flattering. And so comfortable.
Sussan: I bought last year’s version of these and they’re still firm faves. The cut of Sussan’s jeans and pants just seems to work with my shape.
Jeanswest: Jeanswest continues to improve its stretch jean offering. The Freeform 360 range is very much worth checking out.
So, the jeans are sorted … now the fun part. The reason we love the nice top part of this outfit is that it’s an instant pick-me-up. Whether it’s the sparkles, the detailing, the colour, the pattern, the shape, something in the right “nice top” will bring a spark to your eyes and give you a confidence lift when wearing.
You may have a fabulous collection of nice tops in your wardrobe already. Try them on. Do they still make you feel fabulous? If the answer’s yes, awesome. Take out again soon. You’ll have fun together.
If the answer’s, MEH. Ditch the ho-hum and give yourself permission to go shopping for a new nice top to take you into winter and beyond. To help you along (and because I love a good browse), I’ve hunted down 12 of my fave nice tops out there in retail land.
1. Bohemian Traders top $159
2. Katies top $39.95
3. Witchery top $179.95
4. Binny top $239
5. Forever New top $79.99
6. Forever New top $99.99
7. Kmart top $15
8. sass and bide top $390
9. Solito top $129 @ Birdsnest
10. Talisman top $144.95 @ Birdsnest
11. Lula Soul top $119.95 @ Birdsnest
12. Jeanswest top $69.99
Now, a jeans and a nice top outfit might just need an outer layer, depending on where you live and whether you’re heading out at night. A blazer works a treat to continue that casual/dressy contrast you’ve already got going on with the jeans and top. If it’s super cold where you live, layer a thermal top underneath your top (these are my faves) and add a coat.
Shoe-wise, a heel works for a dressier look; a heeled boot for a more casual/boho outfit. Add a cross-body bag for day; a clutch for evening and you’re good to go out and have a fabulous night with the girls. Cheers to that.
So, tell me, is the jeans and a nice top outfit your default going out outfit?