Just because we’re not going ‘out out’ does not mean that you can’t dress up for drinks with your friends on your group video call.
This is not the kind of house party where you have to worry about deciding between that skirt or those trousers, or if you’re more likely to make it to the end of the night in boots or barely-there sandals. This is a Houseparty where pyjamas, slippers and a going out top is totally acceptable.
In the current coronavirus climate, dressing from the waist down may be optional – but that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to make an effort for drinks in the evening with your closest pals (via video call). Even in these times, a good party top and a slick of lipstick is always welcome.
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The party top used to have a bad reputation. Associated with nights out at university, it was considered a throwback to the dark times of dodgy eyeliner, bad dating choices and – in all likelihood – a little too much to drink. But, even before the pandemic hit, the party top was making a comeback. Thanks to the 90s trend that seems to be infiltrating every corner of our wardrobes, getting ready for a night in with your friends is as simple as a standout top.
Here’s our pick of the best party tops out there right now.
TopshopIf you’re feeling low mood, getting all dressed up is the fastest way to lift your spirits. This puff sleeve top in a shimmering shade of emerald green is the perfect party ready piece that will make as much of a style statement on camera as it will in person.
Fashion favours the bold, and this vibrant neon shirt is the perfect piece to make you stand out in that crowded video call. Not only will it offer playful chic at all your bank holiday (virtual) Houseparties, but it will work for your office Zoom meetings too.
ReformationWhen you can’t go outside, bring the great outdoors in with this beautiful botanical printed top. With off the shoulder sleeves and ruched material, this floral top feels effortlessly chic.
We asked for a top that would make us stand out on our next video call, and Staud delivered in spades. The sustainable label seen on Meghan Markle might be best known for its bags but statement pieces like this turquoise top prove there’s a lot more to the California-based label than just accessories.
WhistlesAs seen on Jennifer Lopez at Versace, tropical prints are fashion’s most-wanted trend this season. Though J.Lo may have broken the internet (and inspired the launch of Google Images) the first time she wore that iconic dress in 2000, this statement botanical top won’t affect the quality of your Zoom call.
Designed with creases already in-situ there’s no need to bother with the iron - this Zara top really is the easiest party top around.
Ready to dress up even the most tired looking pair of jeans, this bow top is sure to make you stand out on the grid of faces in your Houseparty.
The splash of green on this one-shouldered Ganni top is sure to make spring feel closer than it seems.
Style your hair up and throw on some sizeable gold hoops with this silky top.
When you’re finally allowed ‘out out’ again, you’ll want to pair this camisole with leather trousers.
Colour clash this pink top with red trousers and embellished sandals.
& Other Stories
Keep it simple in this & Other Stories blouse and a few delicate gold rings.
If subtlety is not your thing, try this metallic ruffled blouse.
Not just for parties, this top works just as well for any work video calls you have too.
Tucked into a high-waisted trouser this cami is simple but effective.
The cut-out trend was huge for spring/summer 2020, get ahead of the curve with this asymmetric knit.
No party would be complete without a smattering of sequins.
All images courtesy of individual brands.