With all the eggnog, light displays, and mistletoe competing for attention at the season’s parties, you need a way to stand out from the crowd and the decorations. Of course, fabulous cocktail dresses and party-ready skirts can outfit you in style, but who wants to wear the same old frock to all the season’s gatherings? A swanky t-shirt gives more mileage to your holiday festivities, and beyond. Fall and winter’s trends of sequins, glitter, and romantic detailing are already looking hot for Spring 2012, so do yourself and your wallet a favor and invest in a multitasking tee. We’ve scoured the web for the best in all things embellished, embroidered, and blinged-out, so that you can focus on the rest of your busy to-do list. Ready to treat yourself to an early present? Here are the seven shirts you need in your wardrobe right now.
Xhilaration® Juniors Short Sleeve Top
For stressed out and maxed out fashionistas, this uber-affordable sequined tee from Target steps in as a VIP sidekick. Pick up this dazzling polyester blend top while shopping for other household necessities, or virtually on Target’s website. Although the Xhilaration brand is aimed toward teenage shoppers, this lightweight shirt, offered in lilac and slate gray, will look chic on any age of customer. Pair with skinny dark wash jeans and ankle boots for casual cool, or amp up the glitz factor with a sequined mini, neon tights, and sparkly stilettos. Available for $17.00 at Target.
Kimchi Blue Sweety Swing Top
Not a fan of heavy embellishment or supersized prices? This feminine long-sleeved shirt from Kimchi is the answer to your quest for an elegant tee. Designed in two hues of dark gray or ivory, this top features fitted sleeves, lace trim, and a comfortable swing hem. Select the bone white version for a Madonna-esque vibe, or go with the more versatile gray for a year-round piece. To emphasize the shirt’s beautiful neck, pin hair up into a loose chignon, and wear a sleek pencil skirt for classic, timeless sophistication. Available for $44.00 at Urban Outfitters.
Calvin Klein Solid Sequin Mesh Top
If fashion had a yearbook, this drapey top would be elected Most Well Rounded. Affordably priced and manufactured in a wearable knit fabric, Calvin Klein’s tee is both comfortable and gorgeous. No tag means no scratching in irritation, and the scoop neck offers a flattering shape for any wearer. For the most on-trend option, pick the teal blue version; this jewel-toned hue enhances any complexion and coordinates well with all neutral shades. A slightly longer hem allows you to combine this top with super skinny jeans or liquid leggings. Toss in formal platform sandals, throw your hair into a messy updo, and cap off the look with dramatic oversized earrings. Available for $54.50 at Calvin Klein.
Versace for H&M Silk Top
Designer collaborations are huge this year, from Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s Impulse, to Missoni for Target, to H&M’s latest capsule collection from Versace. Satisfy your couture cravings at pocketbook-friendly pricing with this 100% silk short-sleeved top. Classic black forms the backdrop for hundreds of tiny gold studs, letting you shine without being over the top. Stay true to the Versace spirit by partnering this tee with gold jewelry, statement shoes, and a leather jacket. Available for $69.96 at H&M.
Ted Baker Sequin Front T-shirt
Mimicking the effect of snowflakes glistening in the moonlight, Ted Baker’s shimmery tee is captivating, eye-catching and fabulous. Cap sleeves, a scoop neck and a sequin overlay on the front compete with more expensive high fashion designs. Let this embellished top speak for itself by pairing with simple black trousers, heels, and bag. Available for $143.76 at Asos.
DKNY Lace Top, $160.00
You may be thinking, "Why should I spend almost $200 on a top that I can find for $20 at my local mall? " The answer is, you could spend $20 for a similar design, but an investment in DKNY’s luscious lace tee guarantees you years of wear, plus a more luxurious lace design and silhouette. A black camisole, jewel neck, and scalloped hem prove that the value is in the details for this pure black t-shirt. If you make the splurge, you’re in luck; this top goes with anything from casual jeans to work slacks to cozy sweaters. Available for $160.00 at department stores.
Valentino Drape-Front Couture Tee
Ready to make the step up from our first six picks? You can’t go wrong with Valentino, a master purveyor of swank and grace. In a soft nude-toned fabric, this t-shirt capitalizes on the ongoing blush fascination, and its expertly draped top, embroidered lace trim, and slightly puffed sleeves scream couture. Just be sure to stay away from staining cider and candy canes. Available for $790.00 at fine department stores.