A few weeks ago I went shopping with one mission in mind: obtain party shirts. I brought three accomplices along with me and after several hours in the mall we walked out with some new clothes and a strong desire to go clubbing.

I realized the need for party shirts when I attended Swing and Soul in December, a dance event focused on dancing to soul music. Many of my lady friends were rocking out in their party shirts and I was in my usual swing dance attire, feeling like I missed the memo.

Sure, I have t-shirts, tank tops, blouses, and even fancy tops, but nothing appropriate for the rare night I might want to hit the town and dance to Justin Timberlake.

Before leaving on our mission, we decided it was important to define the term “party shirt.” After discussing, we decided that a party shirt can be any or all of the following:

  • Flowy
  • Skimpy
  • Low-cut
  • Black or rich in color (think jewel tones, not pastels).
  • Sequined
  • Jeweled
  • Ruffled
  • Look good with dark-wash jeans (the ultimate party shirt pairing).
  • Make you look good when you hold your arms above your head and shake your hips.
  • NOT strapless. I will continue to defend the fact that I cannot party in a strapless top.

Some examples found on Express.com:

I deem party shirts as an essential part of any girl’s wardrobe. Even if you never go clubbing, these work well tucked into high-waisted pants, or paired with a cardigan. Now go forth, don your party shirt proudly, and dance like everyone is watching.

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One Response to Essential Item: Party Shirts

  1. Yossef says:

    “Make you look good when you hold your arms above your head and shake your hips.”

    I hadn’t put much thought into this before, but this is the core of what a party shirt needs to do. Well done, Jesse.

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