Yes, we all have fashion regrets. (Looking at you, JNCO pants and layered polos with popped collars.) But there’s something about the “going-out top” that holds a special place in every woman’s heart. Or at least any woman in her mid-20s to early 40s who ever attended a house party circa 2003.
The top in question was specially reserved for, you guessed it, going out, and was typically cut from stretchy jersey designed to hug the bosom and flow away from the belly. Though the going-out top—or GOT—has been a key part of the party scene for quite some time (see: every fashion choice within the walls of Studio 54), she truly reigned supreme from the early to mid-aughts, and was particularly ubiquitous in sorority houses, dingy bars and terrible clubs blasting Nelly Furtado.
What was my most memorable GOT? I’m glad you asked. See, the year was 2008 and I was still in high school. Having just endured the requisite bout of mono, I was fully recovered and in search of the perfect outfit to wear to a New Year’s Eve party.