Why is finding THAT top such a difficult chore? While every successful after-dark wardrobe needs a great party dress, an equally important – though perhaps overlooked – addition is the statement evening top! And, admittedly because it’s quicker and easier to just get the job done with a one piece, that multipurpose two piece is never in your closet when you want it to be. Know the feeling?

The fabrics this season are all-over sequins, lamé and metallics, and of course, velvet. There’s a serious nod to the 80’s with huge shoulders, one-shoulder tops, lots of ruffles and some serious bling! With the impact of a gown and the versatility of a separate, it will take you through every dress code (that’s why tops are always on the pricey side.) Team with classic cigarette trousers for an effortless dinner-party outfit, or with elevated denim for smart-casual events. Paired with a coordinating evening skirt, it is rendered black-tie appropriate. This is two-step occasion dressing at its best.

Zara inspo today: