The Find: An Elegant Going Out Top

Jan 22, 2020

In your mid-30s, going out takes on a different look than it did in your 20s.  Drinks are more expensive.  Nights end earlier.  And the clothes are different — fewer backless halter tops, more shoes that you can walk more than a block in without getting a blister. So let’s call this a top for a grown-up night on the town.

This Black Organza Polka Dot Top is phenomenal.  I adore the sheer-dot on the balloon sleeve.  And the square neck is definitely on trend.

This top would be so much fun with a skinny black pant and a minimal black sandal.  I also like it with a simple mini-skirt and those Tamara Mellon sandals that are supposed to make your legs look longer.

Plus-size?  Obviously, an exact replica is impossible to come by.  This Everleigh blouse has a lightly puffed sleeve and the pattern on sheer vibe.  Or try this square neck puff sleeve top sans sheer.

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  1. sara says:

    gorgeous!

  2. Rachael says:

    This is the second River Island top you’ve shared that I intend to buy! Are there tops true to size? I’m usually a small/size 4.

  3. StephaniE says:

    What kind of bra would you wear with this top? Any way to avoid a strapless bra?

    • Belle says:

      I just wore a regular black bra. The straps fell partially under the solid fabric, but you couldn’t tell because my hair was covering.

  4. Anokha says:

    I want more elegant going out tops for when you’re in your thirties!

    • Em says:

      I second this. It would.be great to have some casual elegant too! Thanks Belle.

    • Denise says:

      +1 for this. Also maybe a post on what to wear while dating at 35+? I’m single again after 18 years (sigh), and while i’m definitely not looking to date for a very, very long time…on the off chance that I consider it at some point, i’m certain I have nothing in my closet for that! My closet is only equipped to go to work and to kids activities!

  5. Jen says:

    “Plus-size? Obviously, an exact replica is impossible to come by. ”

    If only it wasn’t and brands just extended their core size range to accommodate all women.

    • Kate says:

      I concur with Jen. Although I am fairly good at altering some basic pieces to fit a plus size friend there are times her frustration is palatable.

    • Belle says:

      Truth. It’s so much easier now that J.Crew, Anthro and a few others have plus-size lines.

      • Nellie says:

        Belle, I appreciate that you can’t control a certain piece’s availability in certain sizes, but I would be grateful if you didn’t make a habit of posting straight-sized items with no plus-size analogue. Your comment that “Obviously, an exact replica is impossible to come by” comes off as pretty cavalier and makes it sounds like plus-size women reasonably cannot expect to find analogues of trendy pieces.

        I know this comment will come off as overly sensitive so I hope you and others will take it in the constructive spirit in which it was intended. I realize that you’ve said you don’t have firsthand experience shopping for plus-sizes really appreciate that you do strive to post options plus, petite and tall sizes.

        • Belle says:

          The reality is that the vast majority of the straight sized pieces available have no plus size analogue. Given the unique styling of this piece, I knew there wouldn’t be one. But I did my best to find some pieces with similar elements, as I do with many of the items posted to this site. Sometimes, I get lucky and find one near identical. Sometimes, I choose the plus-size item first and match the straight size item. Sometimes, I choose brands that offer a plus line specifically. I do my best to be inclusive, but the fashion industry doesn’t always give me the options that I want or that you need.

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