Everyone has the same struggle on Saturday evening before heading out for the night. Do you wear a dress? Are going-out tops even appropriate anymore? To answer that question: Yes, if you choose one with interesting details and adopt an off-kilter approach to styling. Take this Tibi crop top with its extra-long ties. It’s a slim bandeau that shows off your midriff. But instead of going the early ‘00s route and wearing it with low-slung jeans, add a high-waisted wide-leg trouser that only reveals a sliver of skin. The pants create a long, elegant line, especially when worn with stacked-heel platforms. And to really make the look special and sophisticated, you can add a clutch, sleek bun and delicate earrings.
Tibi strapless top, $265 at Shopbop; Milly Hayden pintuck trousers, $345 at Milly; Zara knotted high heel sandal, $59.90 at Zara; L’Afshar clear quartz clutch, $876 at Plan de Ville; Jules Smith earrings, for similar try Ari thread earrings, $45 at Shopbop.
Photographer: Prakash Shroff; styling by Diana Tsui; model: Brooke Durrant at Muse Management; makeup by William Scott; hair by Takashi Ashizawa using Oribe Hair Care; photo editor: Emily Shornick; photo assistant: Brian Bee.