Going-out tops are a constant conundrum for us–while we love a polished separates look rather than a standard dress for a fancier occasion, it’s hard to find a great going-out shirt. Firstly, we’re hesitant to invest in something we can only wear to parties/(read: stain with wine) that doesn’t transition well to the office or casual days. Secondly, with their straps (or lack thereof), clingy fabrics, and embellishments, going-out shirts are often quite uncomfortable to wear–not to mention our dry cleaning bill when we’re done with them!
This spring’s solution? The statement tee. These “tee shirts”–from designers like Bottega Veneta, Thakoon, and Maison Martin Margiela (as well as lower-priced picks from Topshop and Nasty Gal) are as soft, forgiving, and low maintenance as your average worn-in tee, but with leather sleeves, sparkling embellishments, daring screen prints, cutouts, and other fun features, they’re absolutely fun enough to wear out at night. The best part of statement tees is their versatility–pair them with a leather skirt for a party, with boyfriend jeans for Saturday brunch, or tucked into tailored dress pants for work. We swear you’ll be hooked once you try it!