My philosophy about dressing for the holiday party season has always been pretty straightforward. Weddings are an endurance game: you’re on display for hours, possibly on a dance floor too. So there’s every reason to sweat it to some degree. And dinner parties are typically so intimate that no aspect of your outfit goes unnoticed there either. But holiday parties are crowded, frenetic, standing room affairs, where all anybody really notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up. I realized this truth a few years ago, and it totally set me free. Now I just make sure I’ve got a few knockout tops on standby—ones that I can pair with everything from jeans to a skirt to trousers depending on a given event’s fanciness level—and I’ve got wardrobe solutions for days.
A party in a top is the kind that brings just a bit more excitement to the proceedings than your typical top might. The people of J. Crew, loving a sequin as they do, are particularly good at turning them out. This striped tee is just about as restrained a treatment of sequins as you’re likely to find.
Allsaints is all about the sequined party in a top too, but they don’t particularly share the Crew’s affection for restraint. And what I like all their pieces is that—like this one—they’re all quite floaty and comfortable. Plus, the sequins are more muted than they come off in this picture, so you don’t look all disco ball.
There’s nothing more fun than wearing a lace party in a top all fun and contrasty with jeans and a leather jacket. But it also cleans up really nice when you need it to.
There are few things more acutely party in a top than a super-sheer blouse layered over a black cami.
When the conversation turns to parties in a top, more beading is definitely more.
Which is not to say that subtle black-on-black beading doesn’t have its charms.
A party in a top should, occasionally, look somewhat literally like a party in a top.
Tags: j crew
, party dressing
, shiny things