Sparkly tops are the perfect party season option. Versatile, flattering and oh-so shiny, there's something for everyone in our edit...
We know it’s only October, but the festive season will be here before you know it. We’re shopping for our party wardrobe way in advance this year to beat the Christmas crowds and ensure we look fabulous at all times (of course!) And while we love a good party dress (you can find 10 gorgeous ones here), sometimes we need something that says ‘ready to party’ without being too much, well, effort!
Which is why sparkly tops are the perfect option. Easy to pair with your existing wardrobe, they’ll add an instant lift to anything – from smart trousers for after work drinks to casual jeans that need a bit of jazzing up. And if you’re the type of woman that never feels at her best in a dress, sparkly tops are a great option without being too out of your comfort zone.
Whether it’s a long-sleeved tunic style for ultimate body confidence (and winter warmth) or a more daring sheer shirt, don’t be fooled into thinking that sparkly tops come in only one style. We’ve got super-feminine designs that will look gorgeous with a midi skirt, or comfy stretch fabrics that we’ll be pairing with palazzo trousers and heels.
Choose black if you prefer to keep it subtle, or go for all-out sparkle in something brighter, such as silver. Whether you choose all-over embellishment or not is up to you. We’re a huge fan of going all-out, but you can keep it more subtle by choosing smaller details – such as some shoulder sparkle or light beading. There are more choices than you’d think!
Feeling ready to party yet? You will be after this! Click through to see our edit of the top ten sparkly tops, and shine your way through the season…
Marks and Spencer always know how to do flattering partywear perfectly, and this stand-out tunic is no exception. Long enough to cover and areas you might not feel confident about, and with flattering 3/4 sleeves (and a stretch fabric for festive eating!), it’s a reliable buy that adds some much needed shine.
Sheer doesn’t have to be scary! This gorgeous embellished shirt from Miss Selfridge can be layered over clothing so you don’t feel exposed. Choose a black or nude vest top to keep things subtle.
This simple sheath top from Coast is as cool as it gets. The layered design and metallic detailing make for a stylish top that will turn heads. For an easy evening outfit, just pair with tailored trousers and nude heels.
Yes, we know this French Connection top is shorter than the average – but bear with us. This gorgeous design will look great with high-waisted skirts and trousers, and the slightly higher hemline means you’ll be able to see the waistband – equalling a slimmer-looking you! Perfect for parties.
Can’t face going all-out sparkly? Not to worry, this Biba top is just the right amount of embellishment. The intricate beaded is a real talking point, but don’t worry about drawing too much attention to your arms – these sleeves sit below the elbow, and are flattering and comfortable as a result.
Don’t let Wallis slip under your radar – the brand does gorgeous partywear. This simple draped blouse is particularly flattering for those wishing to hide a tummy, and the midnight blue colour looks great no matter what your skintone. Some subtle embellishment adds the wow factor you need for party season.
Go for sparkle weaved within the material for the ultimate stand-out choice. The tie front of this Wallis top sits on the tummy, and is super-flattering. We particularly love the subtle neck detailing – it’s these little touches that create a high-end feel.
This shirt just screams party. The pussybow neck tie is a hot trend this season, and the sequin stripe detailing takes us right back to the seventies. Pair with jeans for a simple but seriously effective look.
Did someone say disco? This glitter lurex top is as sparkly as they come! Wear with simple black trousers to really help it stand out.
Needle & Thread is the perfect brand for you if you love sparkles and embellishment. This gorgeous top is made from chiffon and hand-embellished with beads and sequins to create a 3D rose pattern. The black colour means it will pair with anything, but we’ll be dressing up our black jeans.