While there isn't a hard and fast definition for a "going-out" top, it's one of those pieces that you instantly recognize when you see it. That could be because it's made of a fancy fabric like velvet or lurex, or features an alluring cut like off the shoulder or deep V-neck, or simply that it would make a pair of jeans or other casual item look dressier. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with wearing these after-dark tops, we've noticed as of late that celebrities are thinking outside the box more than ever when it comes to what they wear for a night on the town.
The always directional Alexa Chung even spelled out her disdain for the top style in an interview last year, saying, "There’s something about [the look] that upsets me. I went into Isabel Marant yesterday and I saw this nice red blouse—but then it was so, like, You wear that with jeans. I want to make things look interesting together and not be so spelled out."
We did a little investigating into what celebs like Rihanna, Emily Ratajkowski, and Chung herself are repeatedly wearing instead, and our findings run the gamut from casual tees to statement-making fur coats. Keep scrolling to see the pieces that they're swapping going-out tops for the most.
This time of year especially, celebs are wearing the go-to evening outfit formula of a sweater, jeans, and heels or ankle boots.
These slightly voluminous sleeves are very on trend.
Celebrities have proven time and again that pretty much any night-out outfit looks cooler with a bomber jacket draped over it.
The bomber jacket trend seems to be here to stay.
The unexpectedness of a hoodie after dark makes it all the more interesting, according to celebs like Rihanna and Kendall Jenner.
Every fashion girl wants a Champion sweatshirt right now.
Bodysuits have become the polished, alluring piece of choice to wear with jeans and trousers.
On Nicole Richie: House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Liv Bodysuit ($148).
Wear this under high-waisted black jeans for a night out.
The beauty of a fur coat? What you wear underneath it is a no-brainer—the coat will always take center stage.
On Gigi Hadid: Opening Ceremony x Gentle Monster Zhora Sunglasses ($380); Pam & Gela Striped Knitted Mongolian Coat ($330); Re/Done Muscle Tee ($72); Tom Ford Small Tassel Bucket Bag ($1425); Sandro Straight-Leg Jeans ($275).
This cozy fur coat is the perfect length.
Celebrities have proven themselves the number one fans of the enduring jumpsuit trend over the past several years.
The lace-up detail makes this simple jumpsuit night out–worthy.
Celebrities have discovered that a T-shirt dressed up with footwear and accessories is the easiest way to achieve an effortlessly cool look.
On Kendall Jenner: Manolo Blahnik Tayler Patent Leather d'Orsay Pumps ($735).
No one will guess this isn't vintage.
Slip dresses are beloved for their versatility—they can easily be layered over or under something else.
For those times when you just want to wear something pretty.
It girls quickly took to the robe trend, opting to wear them over everything from dresses to leather pants to denim.
On Emily Ratajkowski: AYR The Fold Coat ($625); Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.
You're sure to stand out among a sea of going-out tops in this.
Check out more celebrity going-out looks here.