Styling jeans and a nice top: ideas and inspiration

Becca Donaldson ·

Chloe Sim Jeans and a Nice Top


If you’ve ever been asked what you’re wearing for a night out and have answered ‘jeans and a nice top,’ then you know just how chic this classic style combo can be. It’s our go-to outfit that combines both comfort and chic style.

Jeans and a nice top suits any occasion, from lunch with the girls, to a dinner date or a big night out on the town. It’s a versatile duo that’s been a little neglected while we have all embraced loungewear and elasticated waistbands during lockdown – but we’re ready to slide back into our jeans and nice tops and dress to impress. What makes the perfect jeans and nice top outfit and how can it be styled for a night out compared to meeting your pals for lunch?

We’ve gathered together some of our favourite style-savvy inspiration and shopping options so you can rock the jeans and a nice top look – whatever the occasion.

A first date

You never get a second chance to create a brilliant first impression, so when it comes to choosing an outfit for that all-important first date, jeans and a dressy top hits all the right notes. But it’s a loaded outfit! How do you balance your desire to impress without appearing too keen, or going too dressy, or not dressy enough?!

According to the experts, the best colours to wear on a first date are red and black, so we suggest teaming a stylish pair of skinny black jeans with a red hot top.  Add some knee-high black boots and a statement necklace and we’re confident that you’ll score a second date!

Brunch with your bestie

Casual comfort is the order of the day when you’re getting ready for a lazy brunch with your bestie, so our go-to duo is always a pair of easy-to-wear Mom jeans that sit high on the waist, with a cosy knitted top.


Steal the style of the effortlessly elegant Georgia Toffolo, whose collection of Reliked knitted tops will look gorgeous with Mom jeans and a simple pair of white trainers.  It’s a look that suits all body shapes meaning you’ll feel confident and comfortable as you catch up on all the gossip with your gal-pal over a delicious brunch time snack.

What’s more, this particular jeans and a nice top outfit is both bang on trend and also a comfy transition for those of us having a fashion-shock moving out of our lockdown loungewear!

Date night

We are crushing hard on skinny dark blue jeans and sequined tops to add a sprinkle of glitz to dinner at a restaurant with your significant other. You want something to impress and make you feel your very best. 

Indigo jeans always give off a smarter vibe than lighter washes, and dark wash jeans appear more slimming too, so what’s not to love? Add sparkle with a sequined halter necked top or cami, and slip into some skyscraper heels for added sass that will make date night go with a swing. You can then use accessories to modify the look up or down depending on venue and your style.

A walk in the country

Heading out into the countryside for a walk followed by a well-earned glass of wine at a country pub? Then look no further than jeans and a nice top, which will keep you feeling warm on your hike and looking chic when you settle down with your Pinot Grigio.

Denim is a functional choice for a winter walk, and we find slim jeans are the most practical and flattering for a stroll through the woods. They offer a little more ‘give’ than their drainpipe cousins and work well with an oversized shirt or blouse when out and about.  Add some walking boots from Nasty Gal, Missguided, or Raid to complete the countryside-chic vibe. You can even pop on a pair of wellies if it’s a little muddy, and still look effortlessly stylish.

Going ‘out out’

Jeans and a nice top are an on-trend twosome if you fancy a change from a little black dress for a big night out. Our Reliked influencers are sharing their style inspiration and pre-loved tops and jeans to help you find your perfect night on the town outfit. A night out is easier knowing you can just grab jeans and a top and you’ll fit in.




Check out actress and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden’s style and discover the clothes she chooses to look stunning on the red carpet. Or sneak a peek at Ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts’ favourite style of jeans – ideal for an evening of dancing at the trendiest bar in town.

Exploring the city

You can’t go wrong with wearing slouchy boyfriend jeans and a plain white tee-shirt when discovering a new city. This classic combo provides comfort – and is also chic enough to take you from sightseeing to sipping drinks at the bar. It’s all over The Gram for showing off city spots.




A crisp white tee and jeans always look effortless without really trying. Just remember to pair your outfit with comfortable flat shoes, especially if there is plenty of walking involved. 

Add some chunky bracelets and an oversized handbag to keep all your souvenirs in and you are ready to get out there and enjoy all the sights in your chosen city.

Shop our pre-loved jeans and nice tops 

Our style tips prove that there are very few occasions when a pair of jeans and a nice top won’t fit the bill. Whether you choose to add sophistication to your skinnies or get super-stylish with your slim-fits, there is always a winning combination to be had.

Get more denim inspiration and scroll through our influencers’ preloved wardrobe collections to grab yourself an on-trend outfit that you’ll be reaching for season after season.

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