The Forgotten Art Of ‘Going Out’ Tops Is The Key To Getting Dressed Up In Spring

The tops that make you actually want to go out

There’s a lot of fashion from the ’00s that we hope to never see again (how were jeggings a thing?), but one quintessential early aughts piece that has never quite been the same since? Going out tops. 

Whether it was  a halter top hanging together by a thread, a boob tube, or a delicate camisole, evening tops were a risqué affair before we hit the era of minimalism

But springtime poses a unique challenge when it comes to getting dressed up. Not only do you want to look like you put a little effort in, but you want to be ready for some weird weather — meaning dresses aren’t always a safe bet

And since we’ve already revived so many trends that we once painfully regretted (chic thongs, anyone?) we’re calling for a return to the going out top

So, what makes a dressy top a going out top? They must be bold. And not just in a fluorescent yellow tank top kind of way. No, they need to provoke a distinct sense of evening. 

An easy way of doing this is incorporating some kind of lace, satin, metallic or sequin element. But (and most importantly) they must have the power to dress up any bottoms you choose to throw under them.  

If you’re having to reach for a stack of bangles (in keeping with the ’00s theme) to look a little extra, then they might not quite fill the brief. These should scream that you’ve got places to be, all on their own. 

Luckily though, they don’t need to be too Simple Life-esque in skimpiness. Because they’re having somewhat of a renaissance right now, you can find many going out tops that have a more modern appeal. Shop our picks for going out tops that are 2020-appropriate. 


Reformation Viviana Top
Reformation Viviana Top, $204;
Zara top
Zara Asymmetric Top, $69.95;
Nanushka Top
Nanushka Sky Cotton-Blend Halter Top, $255;
Sass and Bide Top
Sass & Bide River Of Dreams Top, $390;
Christopher Esber
Christopher Esber Sleeveless Knit Tie Crop; $440;
staud top
STAUD Kai Top, $199;

Razzle Dazzle

Zara camisole
Zara Silk Lilac Camisole Top, $99;
Georgia Alice top
Georgia Alice Vegas Top, $632;
Scanlan Theodore Blouse
Scanlan Theodore Tinsel Blouse, $80;
Free People Halter Top
Free People Lights Out Halter Top, $135;


orseund iris
Orseund Iris Night Out Top in Midnight, $740 AUD Approx;
Zara top
Zara Gathered Satin Top, $35.95;
Ganni Top
GANNI Silk Stretch Satin Blouse, $595;
Hansen and Gretel Shirt
Hansen & Gretel Vanessa Shirt, $279;


Realisation Par
Réalisation Par The Kaia Top in Tiger, $248 AUD;
Aje top
Aje Interlace Top, $395;
House of Sunny Top
House of Sunny Old Town Handkerchief Top, $125 AUD Approx;
Sheike Top
Sheike Wonderland Bustier, $119.95;

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