Going Out Tops

A reader named Shannon reached out with this pressing question…

“Help! I have to confess that I don’t know how to dress for a casual ‘going out’ look! What to wear to work? Check. Fancy black-tie wedding? Check. Brunch? Check. But concert at a bar on a Tuesday night? I’m clueless!”

Never fear, Shannon. We’re here for you. And so are these going-out tops.

Going Out Tops

Going Out Tops

Lacy black tank; plus size. (Alternates: Lace tee and scalloped blouse)

Whether it’s drinks with friends or the aforementioned dive bar concert, the little black top has got you covered. Much like the little black dress, this wardrobe heavy hitter can be dressed up or down. Drink at a schmancy cocktail bar? Wear it with heels. Playing pool at the local bar? Wear it with jeans.

Going Out Tops

Going Out Tops

V-neck camisole. (Alternates: Ruffle top and linen cami.)

The camisole is a chameleon that works well for weekday dates. It’s sexy on its own, or perfect for layering. Throw a blazer over it for the workday, then lose the blazer once evening hits.

Going Out Tops

Going Out Tops

Button-down blouse. (Alternates: Animal print and navy dot.)

A silky blouse works for everything from a Wednesday-night movie to a friend’s birthday drinks. (Doesn’t this print remind you of the dress from Pretty Woman?) Meeting your future in-laws? Button it all the way. Going on a second date? Undo one (or three).

What about you? What’s your go-to look for a night out? I also love this neckline.

P.S. My sister’s awesome dating tip, and 12 spring dresses.

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. Modeling by Shoko Wanger. Thanks to Elsa, one of our favorite neighborhood spots, for letting us take these photos there. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, one of our favorite places to shop for clothes, where shipping and returns are always free. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running.)