At this time of the year I’d say it’s particularly worthwhile to invest in classic pieces that you won’t get bored of. You can guarantee that decadent sparkles, luxe velvet, foil fabrics and animal prints are trends that will all come back around annually, and so picking a great party top in one of these fabrics could be one of the smartest shopping decisions you’ll make all year.
Here are six options that will make you want to play your Christmas party wardrobe on repeat.
The statement animal print
The jeans and a nice top outfit formula is a go-to for a reason. It is probably fashion’s easiest winning combo, but that doesn’t mean it needs to look easy, or boring. TV presenter Miquita Oliver shows how it’s done in a draped zebra print halterneck and wide leg jeans with pom pom flats – a look that you could take from drinks with the boss, to Christmas Day at your mum’s house.
The jewel encrusted bodice
Sequins are a staple at this time of the year, but why not take the sparkle to the next level in a jewel-encrusted top – as per Emily In Paris actress Lily Collins. It looks expensive and is satisfyingly weighty. The best bit is that you only need to add tailored trousers, because, in this case, the top IS the outfit.
The lurex halterneck
Whether it’s the office Christmas party or festive drinks with friends, there are yet more ways to channel the shine and spirit of the season without wearing obvious sequins. Metallic lurex knits are incredibly flattering and come in endless jewel tones. Bridgerton actress Charithra Chandran found this green and purple twist top, giving Quality Street vibes in the best possible way.
The velvet blouse
Another timeless fashion fabric choice for the party season is velvet. In jewel colours or signature black, it never fails to look sleek. TV presenter Rochelle Humes picked this square neck top, contrasting a structured silhouette with the soft fabric. It would look great with a blazer over the top, too.
The corset 2.0
The corsetry comeback is well and truly underway. Whether you choose to go for something lingerie inspired or more casual and shirt-like (like actress Lily James’s lace up Vivienne Westwood top) there are ways for us all to tap into the trend showing as much or as little skin as you like.
The party waistcoat
The humble waistcoat has transformed in recent months from a tailoring stalwart into a statement alternative to a going out top. Ganni’s autumn collection features the perfect co-ord for party season with stand-out beaded buttons. Pair with jewelled flats or stiletto heels.