These are the going-out tops to wear for instant evening chic

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No time to change before heading out? Simply slip on one of these great tops for an instant evening-ready look.

Hands up who has time to go home after work and change before heading to that evening event? Between our hectic work schedules, social commitments and gym routine, the idea of squeezing in a full outfit change before getting to dinner or night out seems like a far fetched fantasy. 

When time is short, how do you transform your daytime look into an evening-ready ensemble? Enter a time-honoured failsafe: the going out top. 

The Stylist fashion team has searched the top sites to find the “nice” tops that’ll make you look like you’ve made an effort for after-work cocktails, but not too much. You know the ones – from a sequin cami to a simple satin blouse.

Designers have been focusing on puff sleeve styles – with Rixo opting for a sweetheart neckline that’s flattering on everyone and Attico going for a zebra print off-the-shoulder number. Then there’s Galvan’s glittering sequinned camisole  top that’ll work with skinny jeans, and Zara’s under-£30 statement-making top that will look so good with wide-legged jeans. These are the tops to rely on when you want to get dressed up, but not look too ‘done’. 

Whether you love to stand-out in tulle or are looking for a fresh take on florals, we’ve found the most stylish tops to wear with your jeans for an instant evening look that looks like you’ve spend hours putting it together. 

  • Rotate Birger Christensen

    Puff sleeves? Check. Detailed collar? Check. Statement floral print? Checkmate. Tick of all of this season’s biggest trend in this stand-out top that will look just as cool by day as it does by night. 

    Shop Rotate Birger Christensen Kim top, £198

  • Galvan

    When the occasion calls for serious sparkle, this sequinned camisole delivers. Style with fitted trousers for a chic evening ensemble or go all-out with a colourful silk skirt and white ankle boots.

    Shop Galvan sequined camisole at My Theresa, £395

  • Ganni

    Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking. Thanks to this asymetrical printed blouse, they really are. The silk fabric feel suitably chic for evening while the oversized keyhole cut-out is perfect for going out-out. 

    Shop Ganni silk satin stretch blouse, £345

  • & Other Stories

    Elevate a classic jeans and boots combination with a silk camisole in a vibrant shade of fuchsia. Style with gold jewellery and glittering eye shadow for maximum effect, or opt for a laidback approach by layering over a colourful knit and cinching it at the waist with a statement belt.

    Shop & Other Stories scalloped silk tank top, £55

  • Molly Goddard

    Molly Goddard’s incredible tulle dresses are the stuff of our fashion fantasies, but though we might dream of owning a show stopping Killing Eve-style gown, the opportunities to wear one don’t come around too often. Enter this stunning smock-style tulle type that is no less exquisite, but infinitely easier to wear (even with a pair of wide-leg jeans and trainers).

    Shop Molly Goddard smocked tulle top at Matches Fashion, £1,200

  • H&M

    H&M top
    Best tops: H&M

    All-over sequins just scream party season. Wear with jeans or try it out with a knit skirt and chunky ankle boots for a winter daytime look. 

    Shop H&M high-collared sequin top, £19.99

  • Rixo

    Rixo top
    Best tops: Rixo

    We usually head to Rixo for party dresses, but its top section is just as special. 

    We’re big fans of the flattering sweetheart neckline, contrasting fabrics and the fact it’ll look amazing with statement earrings. 

    Shop Rixo Hannah watercolour spot top, £175

  • French Connection

    French Connection top
    Best tops: French Connection

    For a subtle hint of sparkle it’s all about this French Connection wrap cami. If you prefer a layered look then add it over a fine knit high neck top with jeans, heels and a crossbody bag. 

    Shop French Connection embellished wrap top, £95

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