I came into my own, style-wise, during the ‘jeans and a nice top’ era of the late ’90s, early 2000s. To be honest, I’m still leaning hard into some variation of that dress code. It hits that whole ‘I’m not really trying’ vibe that I’m most comfortable in.
While we can debate more fully the, erhm, “wisdom” of 90s fashion some other time…jeans and a nice top is basically a foolproof combination. Case in point? Even when I throw on a top that’s complicated or precious, even when I don a top that is ruffled or brightly colored or patterned or — gasp — all three…
…just add jeans. It’s like a comforting old combo from my childhood, like peanut-butter and jelly, or Nirvana and brown lipliner.
Like choker necklaces and slip dresses.
Timberland boots and baby tees.
You get the idea.
Shop Tops For An Early Fall, ‘Jeans & A Nice Top’ Outfit
The key to pulling together a ‘jeans and a nice top’ outfit is to first find a top that makes your heart beat fast. So to make this process easier, I rounded up some of my favorite cute tops below. My favorite tops are usually made of natural materials; 100% cotton, silk or linen, so those make up the majority of my finds.
Shop Statement Sleeve Tops
Think: show-stoppingly good, beautiful patterns, sculptural shapes. These are truly special tops.
Shop Statement Tops In Black or White
If the patterns are too much, there are still some really special tops in neutral colors….And these look especially cute with flare jeans and clogs.
Shop Sleeveless Statement Tops
Because temps can be seriously high even through October…here are some sleeveless options that are perfect for early fall (and will still look cute under cardigans.)
photo credits: Vafa Photography (Thank you, Amy!!)