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12 Of Our Favorite ‘Going Out Tops’ To Wear With Jeans

We want all of these! Which one is your favorite?

Jeans used to be considered purely casual but, in recent years, the American fashion staple has become so much more than that. Thanks to new darker washes and tailored shapes, jeans are no longer just for schlubbing around. You can dress up your fave pair of denim and make it perfect for a night out—you just have to make sure you pick the perfect top to go with it!

Here are some of our favorite “going out tops” that you can wear with your most beloved pair of jeans. Comfy and chic—what’s better than that?

1. A Fitted Top To Show Off Your Curves

Do you ever struggle with picking an outfit for an event that’s fancy but not too fancy? Look no further than this seamed, fitted tank from Nordstrom, which you can snag for $69. Made of polished crepe, it’s a simple but modern choice and would look perfect with a pair of jeans. Dress it up even more with a pair of heels.


2. Metallic Flare

This top from Lane Bryant—just $29.98—is totally on-trend with its fluttery sleeves and metallic sheen, and it would look perfect with your favorite pair of jeans. Add some bling and you’re good to go!

Lane Bryant

3. Pinup Perfection

This vintage-style top from Modcloth, which is on sale for $17.97, would make a pair of jeans look party-ready. Add a statement necklace and a pair of pumps and you’ll look like you’re ready for the red carpet.


4. Pretty In Pink

This $42 quarter-sleeve modal top from Dry Goods has a sexy silhouette while still being forgiving, and it will instantly dress up even your drabbest pair of denim.

Dry Goods

5. Silk And Denim

A silky blouse is a simple and foolproof way to dress up your jeans. This top from Coldwater Creek, available for around $75, has a soft, boxy silhouette and silk edging. The black-and-white color-blocking really makes the top ultra-modern, yet still simple.

Coldwater Creek

6. Give ‘Em The Cold Shoulder

“Cold shoulders” are in style right now. No, I don’t mean giving someone the brush-off, but rather tops that have cut-outs where your shoulders are. This light-weight, fluttery choice from Vince Camuto, on sale for $47.40, is stylish without being over-the-top:


7. All Tied Up

Nothing is as crisp, clean and cool as a white shirt. But this top from New York & Co., on sale for $25, takes it to the next level. With a gorgeous tie detail in the front and a graceful silhouette, your jeans will instantly look fabulous even for a five-star restaurant.

NY & C

8. Here Comes The Sun

This eyelet top from Target, just $27.99, is not only on trend with its off-the-shoulder style, but the golden hue will help you stand out in a room full of drab colors. And it’s a plus-sized top that goes up to 4X, so there are lots of options for every body shape.


9. Mixed Media Magic

This knit top from LOFT is so on point with its fashionable bell sleeves and its mixing of cotton with rayon fabrics. The mixed media style makes it something special, bringing instant sartorial swagger to your jeans. Pick it up for $49.50.


10. Not Your Grandma’s Floral

This modern update on a floral top from H&M is absolutely stunning—and only $17.99! From its flared sleeves to its pleated cuffs to its tie-front, it’s a bright, fashion-forward way to rock florals. Paired with jeans, it can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a girls’ afternoon of coffee and shopping.

H & M

11. Chic And Sleek

This sandwashed sleeveless top from Express, available for $39.90, is made of slinky modal, and the V-neck gives just a hint of decolletage. The loose, sensual fabric makes it ideal for pairing with a structured pair of jeans, and the neutral pink hue is very in style right now.


12. Dare To Bare (Your Shoulders)

Last but not least, this $79 shoulder-baring top from Nordstrom has just right the amount of romantic appeal. It’s glamorous with just a hint of sex appeal, and would be perfect paired with dark or light or even black or white denim.