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1 - SEQUIN TOPS
The glitz and glamour of sequin tops make them the perfect option for when you want to look a little dressier — look to partywear brands like Paula Knorr and 16 Arlington, whose ‘70s-inspired creations feature lashings of souped-up embellishment. Reach for simple camisole styles in warmer weather, while long-sleeve tops are ideal for winter (or for those not completely comfortable with baring their arms).
An investment addition to your wardrobe, the versatility of a sequin top shows almost no constraints. For a more low-key look, counter the top’s sparkly appearance with a simple pair of slim-leg jeans and some elegant heeled sandals to lengthen the leg.
2 - CROP TOPS
Crop tops are a perennial staple during the summer months — and they also work for warmer evenings, too. Dolce & Gabbana captures a fresh, Sicilian feel in its floral-print corset styles, while Alice + Olivia’s colourful designs are a pleasingly pretty choice for sunny weather.
Give your crop top the ‘90s-era spin it deserves with a pair of subtly flared or bootcut jeans (preferably high-waisted, to balance your proportions), before taking it further with a pair of strappy sandals, showcased this season by The Row. Add an of-the-moment mini bag and you’re all set to dance the night away.
3 - CAMIS
If the weather’s good and you’re headed to a rooftop bar, then there’s no better time to show off the shoulders than by wearing a slinky cami or strappy top. Choose between supple silks or cheerful printed options from brands like Nanushka, Free People and Samsøe & Samsøe.
Achieve an effortlessly breezy look with the addition of crisp white jeans — they’ll lend a fresh-feeling slant to your outfit. With the décolletage exposed, now’s the time to pile on the jewellery. We’re especially enamoured with the simple yet exquisite gold-plated designs of Alighieri and Missoma.
4 - BLOUSES
For greater coverage — or if headed to a glamorous restaurant before drinks — opt for the unparalleled elegance of a blouse. Play with colour and proportion; Stine Goya is a go-to Scandi label for its vivid seasonal prints, while there’s plenty a puff sleeve to be found at cult British brand Kitri.
Balance out any additional volume with a muted pair of straight-leg jeans; it’s a minimalist silhouette that’ll remain relevant for seasons to come. If you’re feeling a little playful, finish the look with a splash of high-end accessorising courtesy of whimsically shaped jewellery.
5 - BLACK TOPS
Just like a little black dress, the little black top is worth its weight in gold when it comes to styling options. Whether you prefer Good American’s unadorned silhouettes or Roksanda’s sculptural creations, this versatile hue will effortlessly carry you from day to evening.
Take your pick of any denim style you fancy; when it comes to a plain black top, anything goes. Opt for a form-fitting throwback with a pair of skinny jeans or embrace the cut of the season in a breezy wide-leg pair, before completing the outfit with a vertiginous set of high heels.