Get the look and get it right: Putting on the glitz

If you are shopping for going-out tops, then a Lurex one would be a good buy. With seasonal parties in mind, glitzy tops are nice and Christmassy. The stretchiness of the fabric means that they are easy to wear. Plus, if you're going out on the town straight from work, you can carry one around in your bag all day, pull it on at night, et voila, no creases. Karen Millen have a good selection, as do most of the high-street shops - so you don't need to spend lots on a designer version. If you choose a simple shape and colour it should last you more than a couple of parties. Prada showed Lurex tops in their Spring/Summer '98 collection, so it is highly likely that we will all be wearing little Lurex tops well into next summer, too.

Main pic: Gold vest top, pounds 1,800, Donna Karan, 19 New Bond Street, London W1, 0171 495 3100

Clockwise from top left: Purple Lurex vest top (sizes 1-3), pounds 39.99, Kookai, 123 Kensington High Street, London W8. Enquiries: 0171 937 4411

Gold Lurex vest top (sizes 10-16), pounds 18, Etam, 484 Oxford Street, London W1. Enquiries: 0171 494 7729

Silver sleeveless ribbed polo top (sizes 8-14), pounds 20, Miss Selfridge, 221-223 Oxford Street, London W1. Enquiries: 0181 910 1359

Bronze sleeveless stretch Lurex top (sizes S-XL), pounds 16.99, River Island, 124-126 Kensington High Street, London W8. Enquiries: 0181 998 8822

Navy/turquoise V-neck jumper (sizes 8-14), pounds 59.95, Karen Millen, 22 James Street, London WC2. Enquiries: 01622 664032

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