Six of the best evening tops

Whether you change into it after work, or just team it with your jeans for going out, there are lots of eye-catching tops out there. Stephanie Smith selects from the high street and online – some items may be in the sales.

Coral paisley border vest

FROM: Dorothy Perkins


COMMENT: Gorgeous colour, lovely flattering scoop neckline, great retro Sixties' style feel to it. Try with leggings, skinny jeans – even on its own.

SUITS: Large busts, slim.

KEY ACCESSORY: Multi metal bangles, 18, Next.

Embellished animal print top

FROM: George at Asda.

PRICE: 12.

COMMENT: Lovely embellishment detail, very easy to wear and flattering to hips and legs with the asymmetric hemline. Try with shorts or combat shorts.

SUITS: All, especially pear shapes.

KEY ACCESSORY: Yellow raffia bangle, 10, Next.

Black embellished top

FROM: Dorothy Perkins.


COMMENT: Easy to wear but effective, with its great gold embroidery detail and scoop neck, plus the flattering hemline. A winner.

SUITS: Curvy and pears.

KEY ACCESSORY: African beaded bangle set, from 10, Freedom at Topshop.

Red pintuck top

FROM: Fuse by Preen at


COMMENT: Neat and sleek, this is another top that will translate easily from day to night. Looks great with tailored trousers and skirts.

SUITS: Slim to medium.

KEY ACCESSORY: Gold leaf bangle, 12, Limited Collection at Marks and Spencer.

Nude ruffle front blouse

FROM: Wallis


COMMENT: Simple and really elegant, this sweet and romantic top will team beautifully with both bright colours and brown, navy and black.

SUITS: Small busts, petites.

KEY ACCESSORY: Green and gold bangle 15; yellow knitted bangle, 12; wood and red bead bangle, 10; yellow and black print wooden bangle, 12. From Wallis.

Silver silk ruffle top

FROM: Ted Baker at


COMMENT: Very classy and cool, with the high ruffle neck and the chic silver colour. Looks equally good with jeans and pencil skirts.

SUITS: Slim to medium.

KEY ACCESSORY: Cord and semi precious stone bangle, 18, Wallis.