"What are you wearing tonight?" "Not sure, probs jeans and a nice top?"
So went every SMS conversation (via a Nokia 3310, obvs) between two women ahead of every night out between 1998 and 2010. But thanks to the rise in brilliant dresses, as served to us by the likes of Rixo, Ganni, Reformation and Realisation Par, the failsafe jeans-and-a-nice-top formula was parked, banished to the back of our wardrobe, removed from the after-hours sartorial lexicon.
And yet. Over the past few seasons, whether it's off the back of the '00s revival (fashion comes back around every 20 years, after all) that's got us reexamining Carrie Bradshaw's season 1 Manhattan bar looks, or the wave of new designers giving us super fresh evening tops (think ribbed knits, silky halternecks and square-necked tanks), there's no denying the return of the retro going out-out look.