Don't Just Attend Your Christmas Party—Be the Party in These 21 Tops

December ensembles are usually all about dresses or, at a push, velvet suiting. However, if getting dressed to the nines isn't your thing, then rest assured there's another option at your disposal.

Thanks to a host of brands—from Topshop and Kitri to Forte_Forte and Sally LaPointe—the going-out top is back in a big way this Christmastime, making for the ideal alternative to frocks and fanciful two-pieces. The perfect accompaniment to your trusty jeans or simple skirting, a stand-out top with a pared-back bottom half is the cool-girl way to do party dressing.

The fabrics high on the agenda include all-over sequins, lamé, satin, metallics and, of course, velvet. There's a serious nod to the '80s with puff-shoulders, while more modern silhouettes include simple satin tops with long sleeves and scoop necklines. 

Camis are also a total fail-safe for Christmas parties, as are leopard motifs and metallic finishes. Keep scrolling for the best party tops this season has to offer, each neatly categorised by trend and style. 

SEQUIN

Star motifs always look extra special. 

Dress this down with light-wash denim. 

This will look its best tucked into burgundy velvet trousers. 

VELVET

Enhance this standout silhouette with tapered trousers. 

Just think how luxe this will look with a slip skirt and bow mules. 

SATIN

You'll wear this evergreen top long after December 25. 

Act quick, for we predict a sell-out. 

CAMIS

The cross-back straps make for additional detailing. 

Clash the pewter tone of this top with chunky gold jewellery. 

METALLIC

Isabel Marant knows how to make '80s lamé look seriously high-end. 

Layer this under a sharp tuxedo jacket. 

SHEER

Try clashing your hues by wearing a bright camisole underneath. 

Try wearing this dress with shades of emerald for a premium feel. 

Zara always has excellent sheer tops on offer. 

LEOPARD

We don't know what we love more—the fitted bodice or the billowing sleeves. 

Tie straps never fail to lift a simple top. 

This post was originally published at an earlier tim and has since been updated.

For something even more statement, you'll want to take a look at the Christmas party dresses we've found.