It is the rare article of clothing that has the power to soothe, but I believe that a big old turtleneck is one that does: it’s the type of thing to throw on when you wake up feeling like you could use a hug, and for this reason, I believe we should all own at least one. I like this Isabel Marant fisherman’s sweater—currently marked down at Net A Porter—because of those standout pops of color at the shoulder and neck.
Just a really good cable knit.
Pristine white is nice, if you’re up to the challenge of not spilling coffee on it.
The collar on this clever number is detachable.
The jacket that makes the outfit is a close cousin to the party in a top, and is quite useful this time of year. The right one—like this almost-too-much sequined number from Iro—can turn even just your most basic jeans and tee combo into a memorable party ensemble.
This wine-hued blazer is so luxe in velvet.
Nothing says party like a nice glossy bomber.
Tweed and studs: unexpected, but it totally works.
I love the vintage-y feel of this drapey item from Elizabeth and James.
This super-graphic Indian print jacket from Ace and Jig would look fantastic with black trousers and the simplest top.
A cropped tuxedo jacket that will instantly spiff whatever it is paired with.
For those of you just joining in, the notion of a party in a top was born when I realized that at crowded holiday gatherings, all anyone really notices in the crush is what you’re wearing from the waist up. To me, this is a very freeing concept, as it is so much easier to find a great top than it is to locate the perfect dress, and afterward, you’re left with a fun little piece to work into your wardrobe however you may please. And you can dress a top up or down, depending on the occasion, with cocktail trousers or a little skirt, even jeans. A party in a top is maybe something you wouldn’t wear every other day of the week, like this metallic blouse, say.
A good party in a top can even be a little bit crazy, as this one most certainly is.
A tuxedo shirt is very classic party in a top—throw on some skinny trousers and you’ve got as elegant a look as you could ask for.
Something that sparkles is always party-appropriate.
Too often, lace comes off prissy, but this very well-priced, super-femme-y option is anything but.
From the sale at Maria Cornejo: you can’t go too far wrong with something quietly sexy and shoulder-baring.
Call me nuts, but I’m a complete sucker for sequins, and think they look especially great dressed down with jeans.
I pull out my white jeans pretty regularly, and am so glad when I do: there’s nothing fresher to wear on a nice, crisp fall day (or a crappy, rainy Parisian one, like Emmanuelle Alt and Geraldine Saglio show here). There doesn’t have to be anything at all tricky about this look: the simpler you keep it, the better.
Geraldine and Emmanuelle like their white jeans tight, but I prefer a boyfriend cut—in particular this pair from FrameDenim which, annoyingly, is sold out in many sizes.
So I bring you my second-favorite white jeans: these from Current Elliott
And for those who insist on going tight, I suggest this pair from J. Crew, as they are in ecru, which is more flattering than going for straight, snug optic white.
As for what to pair them with: more often than not, I go super-straightforward, and choose a black cashmere crewneck.
But a nice, chunky handknit-looking sweater in a rich light brown plays nicely off the white as well.
In general with this look I like to stick with solids, but this fair isle is a pretty perfect accompaniment.
As for outerwear: think oversized. I don’t know why, I just like the look of it. This coat is almost as tailored as a blazer, and I love the very subtle herringbone pattern.
This is for if you want to look all dramatic and Ice Queen.
I just love the way grey looks with white—and this is so winningly fuzzy.
I used to think crewneck sweaters were desperately boring, but I have decided that I just misunderstood them. A good crewneck, as Capucine Safyurtlu so aptly demonstrates here, can turn a whole outfit chic in the quietest of ways. All you need is something interesting—but not too interesting—going on in the way of color or texture.
This oversized sweater has little sparkly bits in it, which I love.
These stripes are in such a good palette, and I like how the red really pops.
I am crazy for the ribbing on this cashmere offering from Everlane.
I really dig the unexpected color combo here.
This is cute, with the side-zipper, and the price is nice.
I very much believe that the faker a faux fur coat or jacket looks, the better. Furs are dead serious, but fake furs have a sense of humor, and they’re a whole lot chicer—and cheekier—when they’re not trying too hard to approximate the real thing. This coat, for instance, couldn’t look less like actual fur, and I couldn’t be crazier about it.
This fluffy number practically looks like the hide of a Teddy bear, and I love it.
A really good leopard print from British label Shrimps.
Such a great cropped jacket—sort of 70s, but not in a costume-y way.
The subdued camel color and the clean-lined cut contrast so well here with the crazy-ass “fur.”