December ensembles are usually all about dresses or, at a push, velvet suiting. However, if getting dressed to the nines isn't your thing, then rest assured there's another option at your disposal.
Thanks to a host of brands—from Topshop and Kitri to Forte_Forte and Sally LaPointe—the going-out top is back in a big way this Christmastime, making for the ideal alternative to frocks and fanciful two-pieces. The perfect accompaniment to your trusty jeans or simple skirting, a stand-out top with a pared-back bottom half is the cool-girl way to do party dressing.
The fabrics high on the agenda include all-over sequins, lamé, satin, metallics and, of course, velvet. There's a serious nod to the '80s with puff-shoulders, while more modern silhouettes include simple satin tops with long sleeves and scoop necklines.
Camis are also a total fail-safe for Christmas parties, as are leopard motifs and metallic finishes. Keep scrolling for the best party tops this season has to offer, each neatly categorised by trend and style.
Kitri Carmina Blue Sequin Top (£115)
Star motifs always look extra special.
Monsoon Dani Sequin Blouse (£70)
Dress this down with light-wash denim.
Sally LaPointe Striped Sequinned Blouse (£1100)
This will look its best tucked into burgundy velvet trousers.
David Koma Velvet Peplum Top (£580)
Enhance this standout silhouette with tapered trousers.
De La Valli Jane Button-Embellished Velvet Top (£295)
The prettiest hue.
& Other Stories Velvet Wrap Top (£85)
Just think how luxe this will look with a slip skirt and bow mules.
Forte_Forte Green Silk-Satin Top (£325)
You'll wear this evergreen top long after December 25.
Sies Marjan Neela Magenta Wrap-Effect Top (£520)
The drape detailing is incredibly flattering.
Topshop Gold Long Sleeve Top (£35)
Act quick, for we predict a sell-out.
Iris & Ink Ivory Leo Silk Camisole (£110)
Simple but so effective.
H&M Sleeveless Satin Top (£15)
The cross-back straps make for additional detailing.
Max Mara Leisure Lucca Camisole (£129)
Clash the pewter tone of this top with chunky gold jewellery.
Isabel Marant Kyama Top (£805)
Isabel Marant knows how to make '80s lamé look seriously high-end.
Zara Metallic Top with Gathering (£26)
The sleeves on this top are to die for.
Monsoon Missy Metallic Top (£60)
Layer this under a sharp tuxedo jacket.
Nanushka Dalas Organza Wrap Top (£350)
Try clashing your hues by wearing a bright camisole underneath.
Prada Ruffled Organza Blouse (£1020)
Try wearing this dress with shades of emerald for a premium feel.
Zara Organza Top (£26)
Zara always has excellent sheer tops on offer.
H&M Leopard Polo-Neck Top (£10)
So much top for so little cash.
The Attico Balloon-Sleeve Leopard Top (£588)
We don't know what we love more—the fitted bodice or the billowing sleeves.
Reformation Blanca Top (£130)
Tie straps never fail to lift a simple top.
This post was originally published at an earlier tim and has since been updated.
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