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As we freshen up our wardrobes, weeding out winter go-tos in favor of spring-facing favorites, it behooves us to stock up on every basic we can imagine needing in the coming months. Sundresses, sandals and swimsuits are on the menu. And even more practical pieces, like spring coats and spring jackets, are, too. But one oft-overlooked basic we mustn’t forget? Spring going-out tops.
Each time we load up our closets with necessities, we imagine our day-to-day routines. I mentally walk through my calendar, accounting for the spring clothes I’ll wear to the office, the pieces I’ll take on an upcoming beach getaway, and even the cocktail dress or two I’ll keep around in case a fancy event makes it onto my radar. This exercise relies on consistency, failing to account for more spontaneous excursions—the kinds of things that would never make it on your calendar in the first place, like a night at the bar, or the club, or some party. It’s never until these occasions arise that I realize I have nothing to wear to them. And this isn’t one of those hackneyed closet-full-of-clothes-but-nothing-to-wear situations—I literally have no tops fit for nights out, and I’m left haphazardly combining pieces until I’ve created something that remotely resembles a going-out look.
By this point, I’ve been burned too many times to keep at this, so I’ve built going-out tops into my seasonal shopping routine. Now, after I’ve made sure all my daily must-haves are accounted for, I dive right into nightly must-haves too—and as someone who just did the damn thing, I can honestly say, there are all kinds of incredible spring going-out tops worth shopping as soon as you get the chance.
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Smocked Ruffle Top
Off-the-shoulder tops are the perfect way to show some skin without wearing something too revealing. This option from Rafaella Sportswear plays into the zebra print trend that’s going to be big this season.
Butterfly Love Top
Butterfly tops are the latest Y2K trend to take over the nightlife scene. This crochet one is subtle but still gets the point across.
Long Sleeve Off The Shoulder Crop Top
Add a little glamor to your night out in this pink ruched crop top.
Ruffle Sleeveless Linen Top
Linen is the ultimate material for a beach bar. Plus, this breezy top comes in eight colors on Amazon.
Angel Sleeve Satin Tea Blouse
This satin going out top also works for a casual lunch or office environment so you can wear it all day (and night).
Briella Crochet Crop Top
The fine knit of this light blue top will keep you warm when the evening breeze kicks in.
Criss Cross Tie Crop Top
I love a shirt that I can wear in multiple ways. The long ties on this crop top can be crossed, twisted and tied so you will be able to outfit repeat without anyone even knowing.
Wearing a long sleeve top out is a total power move. This one by AFRM is chic and sleek. Pair it with a slicked-back bun and hoop earrings.
Ruched One Shoulder Top
A one-shoulder moment is always sexy and in style. This crop top from Amazon comes in 34 (!) colors so you can keep it on rotation throughout spring and summer.
Corset Underwire Crop Top
I love this modern take on a corset top with the fun zipper detailing on the back.
Feathers have been everywhere this year and they’re not going away anytime soon. This mesh top is guaranteed to look good in your Instagram pictures.
8 Other Reasons x Sofia Richie Halter Top
You’ll be the center of attention in this sexy chainmail halter top.
A corset is always a good choice for a night out. You throw an oversized blazer over this one and wear it all year long.
Ruched Sleeveless Mesh Top
Not only will this white mesh top become your go-to going out top, but it’ll also be your go-to everyday top too.
A floral top is an unexpected choice for the evening but it’s guaranteed to be a good one with this one-shoulder top.
This halter top’s silk material looks super elevated which makes it a great pick for a fancier venue.
Drew Iconic Top
You really can’t go wrong with a classic white top. This would pair well with vintage denim and a glass of wine.
A version of this story was originally published in March 2019.