A party in a top, part 7

Nili Lotan blouse

I have described the concept of the party in a top many times, but for those of you who are just joining in: the notion came to me when I realized that at crowded  holiday parties, all anyone notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up, so that’s all you have to worry about. And since we’re headed into holiday party season—and also because I’ve received a couple of requests—it seemed like time to trot this post out again. I like the quiet sexiness of this silk tie-neck blouse from Nili Lotan.

Mango blouse

This is just rather elegant, and looks like it costs more than it does.

Veronica Beard blouse

Prints get graphic and sophisticated in black and white.

Mango blouse

I love a lace party top—they’re alluring without being overly revealing.

Universal Standard tee

The knot at the shoulder here is a fun touch.

Nili Lotan tank

I am dying for this zebra-print tank—it’d look so great peeking out from under a blazer.

The Lady & The Sailor tee

A simple tee in velour, which makes it party-worthy.

Current Elliott top

A velvet top with sleeves that are nicely—but not excessively—flouncy.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Lena top

Sometimes, a party in a top should be on the loud side.

Eloquii blouse

A tie-neck leopard-print blouse is just about perfect.

Ella Moss tee

I’ve seen a lot of these choker tees lately, and like this one best because the neckline is nice and deep.

Mackage leather top

For the daring: a leather top.

Ulla Johnson top

Yellow just screams party.

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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18 Thoughts on A party in a top, part 7
    Tammy
    28 Nov 2017
    8:47am

    Party in a top ALWAYS one of my favorite posts, Kim. The loud piece is the cream of the crop.

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    Dana D
    28 Nov 2017
    9:01am

    This is a great line-up! So many here that are fun and new. Ella Moss necklace top in my cart…

    The best thing about this party season is that it means 2017 is coming to a close…

    Party! Yes!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      29 Nov 2017
      1:46am

      One down, three to go…:-(

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    c.w.
    28 Nov 2017
    9:48am

    Since Austin fashion dictates “party wear” as a great top, jeans and great shoes this is a perfect pre-holiday post. And, since our high today is going to be 80 degrees with 92% humidity many of these tops are wearable even in our weather. Thank You!

    Now I just have to find a party…..

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      DeDe
      28 Nov 2017
      11:53am

      Madison party wear: jeans, a new pair of Keens, and either a fancier-looking (bejeweled, perhaps?) Badger sweatshirt or your best fleece. Packers gear would also be acceptable. Oy and egad! 😉

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        Tammy
        28 Nov 2017
        5:42pm

        I live in Madison, too!

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          Dana D
          28 Nov 2017
          6:42pm

          Go DeDe!!!

          Post a picture of yourself in that sweatshirt!!!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        29 Nov 2017
        1:47am

        Maybe with a cheesehead as chapeau? 😉

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    Tamara WINAWER
    28 Nov 2017
    10:41am

    Ok I’ve been seeing the choker tops and that is get first one I’ve liked oyyyyyy of course it’s on it’s way!!!

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    Mary Alice
    28 Nov 2017
    11:16am

    I love your party in a top posts – I have explained the concept to both of my twenty-something daughters and we reference it when we’re shopping….I’m rather discouraged this time around, as all the tops I really like are either sold out or do not come in a size larger than 10…
    Keeping fingers crossed, s in past years you have done more than one party in a top post!

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    DeDe
    28 Nov 2017
    11:56am

    That Maria Cornejo one tho! She’s absolutely killing it this season. Hopefully some of these pieces will still be available next time she does a big sale!!

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    Liz
    28 Nov 2017
    12:19pm

    I love the velvet tee. It also comes in a floral.

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    lorimac
    28 Nov 2017
    2:38pm

    By the way, if you are not a size 10 or less (or your bra size makes 10 or less a little tight), J.Jill has a similar black lace top in sizes beyond 10 (since Mango does not). Also it has a cute black lace skirt to add if the party will not be so crowded.

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      Elisa
      28 Nov 2017
      3:55pm

      Yeah, what’s the deal with Mango? Do they just not carry anything above an 8?

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        Mamavalveeta03
        29 Nov 2017
        1:49am

        That bugs me, too!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        29 Nov 2017
        1:50am

        That bugs me, too! I’ll give my money to someone who wants it!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    29 Nov 2017
    1:53am

    I love “party in a top”! I’m all about the fabrics: The satin, the lace and the velvet…all worn with jeans (and I prefer bare feet!)

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    ljchicago
    29 Nov 2017
    7:57am

    I thought of this post when I bought my party in a top last month: https://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/womens-tops-t-shirts/3_4-sleeved-tops/j0029/womens-aurora-jersey-top

    It’s pretty traditional but so am I.

    I love the sleeveless black top you showed, Kim. I am pre-menopausal and always so damn hot!

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