I have held forth on the party in a top many, many times, but for those of you who are new to the notion, I arrived at it one December when I noticed that holiday parties are usually so crowded that all anyone notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up. Get yourself a good top, pair it with jeans or trousers or a skirt—depending on the formality of the occasion—and you’re set. I can’t 100 per cent prove that this little theory of mine is fact, of course, but if nothing else, it can make dressing up to go out a whole lot simpler. I’m starting out with a rather subdued choice, because I really like the ruffles at the neckline and I hardly ever like ruffles.
But mostly my taste in parties in a top skews a bit louder; this zebra-print button-down is a case in point.
A tie-neck and plunging neckline make this choice a nicely dramatic one.
I’d wear a slightly more delicate camisole under this sheer top.
I’d wear this gorgeous print with a velvet skirt and big hoop earrings for a restrained boho look.
Sometimes, a bold party in a top is just the thing. How cool would this paillette-festooned top look peeking out from under a blazer?
This lace blouse is so unexpected in shades of blue.
Metallic pinstripes are just bold enough to make a statement.
The twisty neckline reminds me of something you’d see on a Vince top, but this is from Mango (and is available up to size 10; I have heard your complaints about Mango’s sometimes constricted size options).
This is like if a tuxedo shirt and a peasant top had a baby.
A pleasingly loud print on a well-priced silk shirt.
This just drapes rather prettily, and I dig the blue snakeskin print.
I could not be more in favor of sequins—especially dressed down with jeans—and like how just off-the shoulder this top is.
I’d unbutton the top few buttons here and wear this with a cami underneath.
This Zero+Maria Cornejo top is a splurge, to be certain, but it is so damn gorgeous, and I think you could dress it way up or down. It’s from 11 Honoré, a fantastic site offering extended sizes from big-name designers.
More sequins, this time on a slightly (and appealingly) retroish tank.
This lurex button-down would likely be itchy as all get-out, but I think it’s fun.
Red and black is bold without being overwhelming.
And finally: I just really like the ease of this choice.