This is one for me. And my friend who is looking for the same thing.
So I'm going to therefore assume that it isn't just the two of us who are looking for said item..
The perfect metallic top.
That ideal top that you can wear with boyfriend jeans to give them a bit of festive cheer, to be the perfect partner to leather joggers, to transform your midi (or mini) skirt into your go to Christmas outfit.
I have come to the conclusion that the world is divided into those who love a blouse and those who love a knit. There are of course always going to be those jammy buggers who can wear both but I am definitely a knit girl. I can of course wear a blouse but I never quite feel the love.
The world is further divided into those who head to a plethora of parties - and I mean full on party parties in the festive season and have need upon need of dress upon dress upon DRESSY DRESS. As clearly some people must, as the shops are full of them. Stuffed to the gills with them. If you are one of these people, speak now or forever hold your peace. I have had many different guises in my working life time and not one Christmas have I had more than maybe two Christmas "dos". I won't even call them a party party as I could easily get away with a bling top and trousers.
I own one sequin dress. From All Saints. That I have worn about ten times. But I bought it for a 40th party (not Christmas) and have worn it constantly since. Actually maybe I'll wear that for my (one) Christmas party party this year....
However I digress. I do have lots of Christmas "dos". And I have Christmas Day where we do make an effort (which is basically code for "I have an excuse to buy a new outfit". Now fess up - I KNOW this isn't just me who does this. Name and shame yourselves - in solidarity - in the comments please.)
And I have skirts and bottoms coming out of my ears but am in dire need of tops. Well I'm not really, but when it comes to a lighterweight party top, there is definitely a gaping hole.
Which needs to be filled by something metallic. Ideally gold. Or silver. How hard can these be to find? (at the risk of a spoiler, the answer is very...)
Starting with one that I've put in in desperation as the search started exceptionally badly. More casual than I would like but I do like the rose gold.. And it could be the perfect solution to dressing down a very dressy skirt....
ASOS Jumper with High Neck in Metallic £22
Another higher neck knit which is what I'm looking for but don't know if I love the ribbiness (should be a word) of it... at DVF. I definitely don't love the cost.
Tess Sweater from Diane Von Furstenberg £228 at Matches
But are they too much of a knit knit? Do we want more of a sort of not really knitted top? (clear as mud eh?).
& Other Stories have some great options that are worth looking at.
Fine Glittery Knit in Silver £45 I thought I was looking for very fitted but actually this has much more mince pie consumption opportunities.
And in the green £45
More fitted now in a bardot style at Oasis.
Lurex bardot top from Oasis £35
But appreciating that others will want to create a different silhouette and will prefer to have more fitted bottoms and a looser top, some looser metallic knits can also work really well.
Lulu Gunmetal Metallic V-Back Knit £110 from Reiss
Or a V neck at the front in a gorgeous metallic blush, again from Reiss.
Bless Blush Metallic Jumper £95
V necks a plenty at Mango.
Metallic Sweater in black £19.99
Reiss have got loose sparkle knitwear sewn up this season
Richelle Blue Metallic Jumper from Reiss £120
But the most flattering top of the bunch has to go (yes again) to Reiss for their Ilyssa knit.
Ilyssa Bronze Metallic Wrap Front Top in Bronze £110
But all this has made me realise is that I need a gold polo neck. That's not even a "want need", it's an actual NEED need.
Rocking. Horse. Poo. The two that have come closest are (interestingly) two of the more reasonable that I came across. Which suits me just fine.
Weekday Stripe Knitted Jumper £28
Although I think this may pip it at the post. I'd happily wear this during the day as well. Sequins are for life and not just a party.
Sequin and Sparkle Turtle Neck £42 - in the flesh, it's not as sculptured as this. It looks more like a usual top as opposed to a lurex tube sock.
And if the full on gold isn't your bag, then how about a black version. This is superb. I'm just toying with which one I'd get more wear out of... gold or black, gold or black.. These are definitely something that you will have in your wardrobe for years. Just change the trousers or skirt as fashions sees fit.
Sequin and Sparkle Turtle Neck in Black £42
However, there's me saying I need a polo neck, I think I may have discovered another solution. They're not too fitted, they're not too loose, they're not too oversized - they look ideal. In my head they are exactly the same shape as the Bella Freud and the Uniqlo jumpers which are perfection with jeans, skirts and trews. A girl can dream... I'll be ordering and will let you know.
Sparkling Merino Wool Sweater from & Other Stories in black £45
I'll be going with the black (quelle surprise) but I'm not going to lie - am also tempted by the burgundy...again £45
Or there's the blue (but for me it's definitely the black...)
Sparkling Merino Wool Sweater £45
So I have my eyes on the metallic prize but fear not if you don't fancy having a glitzy top. There are also bottom options. And of course how could I forget a jacket? Not to mention boots... Do I hear a cheer for sequins? How can you even contemplate the party season without a nod to the little shiny discs...
In the meantime though, taking advantage of the mild weather today with bare legs and no scarf. Looking at the forecast though, these days are numbered... but nothing that a bit of layering won't fix.
Emerald and navy houndstooth dress - American Vintage at Quattro Rish
Berry leather bomber - Gerard Darel
Silver Smile bag - Anya Hindmarch at Collen & Clare
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
I have been waiting in today for the delivery of a new washing machine and tumble dryer, before which I actually did some exercise (three Pilates classes this week having not been for over three weeks. I do in fact feel like Giselle Bundchen. I still look more like a potato but I FEEL fabulous. And I've done some super long dog walks, making the most of the sunshine which has been super cathartic).
I never thought I would be as excited over two domestic appliances. Which appear to be more sophisticated than my laptop. Oh how times have changed... (seriously though - I am lining the laundry up which is something I never ever thought I'd say. Looking forward to washing? Someone get me a glass of wine quickly).
Tomorrow off to London. The husband has hoofed himself off to Hungary for work, armed with a list of Duty Free and we have I'm a Celebrity to watch. Whilst I move on to shiny bottoms...