Jeans & A Cute Top: The End-of-Summer / Early Fall Edition

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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…

While we can debate more fully the, erhm, "wisdom" of 90s fashion some other time...jeans + a nice top is basically a foolproof outfit combination.

top (s) – also on sale at Nordstrom | jeans (26) | bag | shoes (old) | necklace | bracelet (similar)

…just add jeans. It’s like a comforting old combo from my childhood, like peanut-butter and jelly, or Nirvana and brown lipliner.

While we can debate more fully the, erhm, "wisdom" of 90s fashion some other time...jeans + a nice top is basically a foolproof outfit combination.

Like choker necklaces and slip dresses.

Timberland boots and baby tees.

You get the idea.

While we can debate more fully the, erhm, "wisdom" of 90s fashion some other time...jeans + a nice top is basically a foolproof outfit combination.
While we can debate more fully the, erhm, "wisdom" of 90s fashion some other time...jeans + a nice top is basically a foolproof outfit combination.

top (s) – also on sale at Nordstrom | jeans (26) | bag | shoes (old) | necklace | bracelet (similar)


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.)


xo,

S

photo credits: Vafa Photography (Thank you, Amy!!)

5 COMMENTS

  1. These ruffle tops look so cute on you. I don’t know when I’d wear it. To meet a friend for Coffee? Looks too fancy. Great colors for you.

  2. The “jeans and nice top” outfit has been my dress code for years…about 20 now that I think about it. Love my new super flattering, effortlessly cool Paige Leenah jeans (featured in this post); looks cute with my Anthropologie tops 🙂

  3. Yes, this fits the old formula of 2 and 1: 2 dressy pieces and 1 casual or 2 casual pieces and a dressy one. Example: blouse, heels and denim, slacks, jacket and sneakers. It’s easy to follow.

  4. Amy, I totally thought that about the one shoulder black dress that I kept seeing Shana wearing last year. When it went on sale I bought it on a whim and still wondered where on earth I’d wear it. This summer I cracked it out of the closet and have worn it so many times!! The first time it felt kind of weird – like I was overdressing to go hang out on a deck with my friend or take the dog for a walk. But I felt so pretty in it that I didn’t care. I kept wearing it. I plan to wear it with a shirt underneath or a sweater on top when the weather cools. I guess what I’m trying to say is, once the initial discomfort is over from trying something new, the change feels pretty great!

  5. So here’s my question – I have collected several tops with the flouncy or architectural sleeves but I often don’t wear them because I don’t have a good jacket option to wear OVER these fancy sleeves. I feel like a poncho is the only option? Any other suggestions?

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