Jeans & A Nice Top: Our Favourite Going Out Outfits

Jeans & A Nice Top: Our Favourite Going Out Outfits

“What are you wearing tonight?” “Not sure, probs jeans and a nice top?”

So went every SMS conversation (via a Nokia 3310, obvs) between two women ahead of every night out between 1998-2010. But thanks to the rise in brilliant dresses, as served to us by the likes of Rixo, Ganni, Reformation, and Realisation Par, the fail-safe jeans-and-a-nice-top formula was parked, banished to the back of our wardrobe, removed from the after-hours sartorial lexicon.

And yet. Over the past few seasons, whether it’s off the back of the ’00s revival (fashion comes back around every 20 years, after all) that’s got us re-examining Carrie Bradshaw’s season 1 SATC Manhattan bar looks, or it’s the wave of new designers giving us super fresh evening tops (think ribbed knits, silky halter necks and squared-necked tanks), there’s no denying the return of the retro going out-out look.

As summer finally lands, we asked 6 members of Team Refinery29 to show us their best jeans and a nice top, plus the song they’re dancing to in their clubbing get-ups.

Georgia Murray, Junior Fashion Editor

The song:“Rebel Girl” – Bikini Kill.

The look: In honour of Bikini Kill’s reunion tour hitting London this week, I’ll be thrashing around to their back catalogue while wearing this metallic knitted tank and grey fade straight-legged jeans. This cropped biker from Manokhi is heaven, which I’ll team with patent finishes via Topshop boots and Manu Atelier’s to-die-for cylinder chain bag.

MANU ATELIER Cylinder Black Crinkled Patent, $333.29, available at MANU Atelier

Topshop Patent Boots, $89, available at Topshop

Manokhi Oversized Biker Jacket, $664, available at Far Fetch

Mango Metallic Halter Top, $29.99, available at Mango

Ksubi High-Rise Straight Leg Jeans, $170, available at Browns

Serena Brown, Photo Intern

The song: “Binz” – Solange.

The look: The music video for “Binz” is literally me every time I go out, and therefore I have decided to dedicate my fave jeans and a nice top look to queen Solange herself. I’ll be dancing in front of my laptop in this cute tie-dye top from Weekday, with sick neon contrast jeans from Topshop and some simple Zara heels with a classic Serena gold hoop to finish it all off.

Topshop Chunky Layered Hoop Earrings, $10, available at Topshop

Weekday Tie-Dye Top, $12, available at Weekday

Topshop Black Neon Stitch Jeans, $40, available at Topshop

Zara Vinyl Heels, $29.99, available at Zara

Natasha Slee, Associate Creative

The song: “Take Me I’m Yours” – Mary Clark.

The look: I’ll be ignoring the state of my bank account this month, and fantasising about dance floors and ’70s bangers in this halter neck and flare combo. This Paco Rabanne chainmail bag is a nod to the dawn of the disco era, while Miista brings it into 2019 with a touch of neon. The hunt for a high street version of this look starts now…

Gucci Leather Belt, $295, available at Gucci

Paco Rabanne Iconic 1969 chain shoulder bag, $980, available at

Miista Green Vinyl Sandals, $220, available at Miista

Jacquemus Sleeveless Pleated Top, $456.65, available at Jacquemus

Arket Wide Denim Trousers, $69, available at Arket

Meg O’Donnell, Junior Art Editor

The song:“Please Don’t Stop The Music” – Rihanna.

The look: I bloody love a night out, especially when the group chat consensus is jeans and a nice top – delighted! You can guarantee I’ll be tearing up that dance floor (read: completely embarrassing myself) to RiRi’s “Please Don’t Stop The Music” (released a decade ago!) I’ll be wearing these Rag & Bone Crop flare jeans, my favourite Ganni Embellished mesh top, a sparkly – and rather ridiculous – teeny tiny Zara bag, and the greatest shoes out there from Swedish Hasbeens. Topped off of course with a row of cute sparkly clips! Not one for attention, me.

ASOS Glitter Hair Clips, $6, available at ASOS

Swedish Hasbeens Pink Clog Sandals, $101.4, available at Swedish Hasbeens

Zara Glitter Mini Cross Body Bag, $29.99, available at Zara

Ganni Embellished Mesh Top, $440, available at mytheresa

rag & bone Cropped Flare Jeans, $140, available at MODES

Eni Subair, Editorial Assistant

The song: “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo.

The look: This was the first song I heard by Lizzo and if any song instantly has made me want to hit any and all dance floors immediately, it was this! It’s such an empowering, non-filtered song. So, my picks match Lizzo’s badass mentality: this sheer Supriya Lele dress which I would wear as a top over Weekday dark-wash jeans, a shimmery Paco Rabanne bag, neon Zara thong sandals you could spot a mile away, and some beaut Uno De 50 sculptural earrings to finish.

Supriya Lele Asymmetric Mesh And Jersey Dress, $785, available at Browns

Paco Rabanne Sequinned Shoulder Bag, $765, available at Far Fetch

Weekday Dark Denim Jeans, $40, available at Weekday

UNO de 50 Gold Sculpted Earrings, $109, available at UNO de 50

Zara Neon Kitten Heel Sandals, $29.99, available at Zara

Anna Jay, Art Director

The song:“Slow Jam” – Tirzah.

The look: I 100% prefer a day session over a BNO, so I’m flying the flag for day drinking in a signature white jean with a cheeky neon swimsuit worn as a top. The sun is shining, Tirzah is on repeat, and I’m definitely opting for flats – paired with some chunky sunnies and a simple pouch and I’m good to go…to the bar.

Mango Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, $17.98, available at Mango

& Other Stories Rope Sandals, $55, available at & Other Stories

Arket Nylon Pouch, $17, available at Arket

Ganni Tiger Print Swimsuit, $120, available at Ganni

Raey Straight-Leg Jeans, $140, available at

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