Don't Just Attend Your Christmas Party—Be the Party in These 24 Tops

December ensembles are usually all about dresses or fancy 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 Nensi Dojaka to Ganni, Zara to Rixo—the going-out top is back in a big way this season, making for the ideal alternative to frocks and jazzy 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.


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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. 

Strapless tops 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. 









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

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.