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by Edaein OConnell
11th Aug 2020

Is your diary filled with restaurant dates and socially distanced outdoor drinks? If it is, these 10 sophisticated tops may solve any sartorial dilemmas you may have 


With very little opportunities to socialise and dress up since March, our want for comfy clothes overtook any other desire.

Now that restaurants are back open and friends can come for socially distanced drinks, the tracksuit pants and hoodie won’t cut it. Yet, we still aren’t feeling up to full-blown glam. With society far from normal, wearing a dress, heels, and all the trimmings feels almost uncomfortable.

However, this is where jeans and a nice top will save you.

Long associated with a night out, jeans and a nice top is just another way to say dressy casual. Ideal for dinner dates and celebratory barbeques, it’s a combo that will never do you wrong.

Evening tops are often trend-led and often fall into the ‘wear once’ pile. When purchasing it’s best to stick to minimalist and sophisticated designs. Cowl necks, smocked shapes, and clean lines are elements to search for. This means you can pair the top with your jeans and everything else in your wardrobe.

Our top picks are the pale pink tunic from Cos which would look stunning with a pair of white flared jeans and Arket’s simple yet stunning one-shoulder offering.

Our top 10

Floral print top, €25.95 at Zara

Sleeveless tunic top, €69 at Cos

Smocked long-sleeve top, €35 at Arket

Poplin top, €29.95 at Zara

Off-the-shoulder, €75 at Uterque

Jacquard puff wrap sleeve top, €27 at & Other Stories

Lyocell-blend top, €59.99 at H&M

One-shoulder tank top, €25 at Arket

ASOS Design curve long sleeve cowl neck top, €34.99 at ASOS

ASOS Design curve long sleeve high neck smock top, €38.99 at ASOS


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