I don’t know about you, but I’m all for party season this year. Ordinarily, I tend to avoid overly loud or statement clothes, but after being denied it in 2020, I’m intent on embracing party dressing in all its high-octane glory. With work dinners, drinks with friends and lots of reasons to celebrate on the horizon, I’ve been thinking about the sort of things I’d like to wear for all of the above, and I’ve come to the conclusion that sparkles are the answer.
Although it largely goes against my style DNA, I can’t help but be drawn to all the rhinestone-adorned pieces out there. Nué is one such brand that has put gemstones on the agenda for 2021—as is Saint Laurent, whose Swarovski-encrusted boots have caught the attention of everyone from Celine Dion to Hailey Bieber. However, if you’re like me and want to dip your toe in the sparkle trend without spending a small fortune, I suggest you turn your attention to Zara, for it has created the perfect sparkly party top for just £30. A little bit ’90s in the best possible way, this top reminds me of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss’s iconic chain-mail dresses, but with its sleek bandeau silhouette and ultra-thin straps, it feels exceptionally current.
I initially saw Zara’s sparkly top on-site at the start of last week, and if I’m honest, I scrolled past it. What can I say? It just didn’t grab me. However, after spying it on India of The India Edit over the weekend, I realised I had been too hasty. Wearing it with a pair of jeans and an oversized black blazer, India showcased a way to wear rhinestones that strikes the formidable balance of being fancy without teetering on too much. The denim helped to neutralise the shimmer of the top, while the addition of a boxy blazer gave it the cool-girl appeal I’m so here for.
When I went back to snap up the top for myself, I was sad to find it had already sold out. Then today, when more stock appeared, I knew I had to share it with you before it inevitably sold out again. Although it has since sold out again, more stock is on the way—I recommend signing up for the email notification to ensure you’re one of the first to know when it does. Of course, I’ll also keep tabs for you and sound the alarm when it reappears.
If you love Zara’s sparkly top as much as I do, click through to add your name to the wait list. Then continue on to shop my favourite sparkly buys from Zara and the rest of the high street.