Sparkle and Shine

January 6, 2007 • Magazine

Sparkle and Shine

Sparkle and Shine

Sat, 2007-01-06 13:00

Jaqueline Zenn

Most women seem to have at least one thing in common with squirrels – our love of all things sparkly, reflective, and shiny. Prepare to indulge this love this spring with tons of metallic and satin pieces. However, despite its obvious shimmer appeal, satin is a notoriously difficult fabric to wear. In fact, shiny clothing of all sorts has a strong possibility of being unflattering or just straight up strange looking, but there are a few tricks to wearing shine that will help you stand out in a good way. Furthermore, it doesn’t have to be relegated solely to accessories, although that is plenty of fun for both day and evening.

First of all, fit is of utmost importance. Nothing looks worse (or trashier) than clothing that is both too tight and shiny. Too loose is better, but then you run the risk of drowning in your outfit. If you’re questioning whether or not you can pull off a satin piece, it’s probably better to just leave it on the rack. For instance, skintight satin a la Dolce and Gabbana is only wearable if you’re Carmen Electra (and maybe not even then), but this black satin wrap dress from Diane Furstenberg (at Neiman Marcus) is almost universally complimentary.

Secondly, color and print is very important. Clearly, very pale or very bright colors tend to be the most difficult. However, sometimes prints can make a satin piece that much easier to wear. The details of the print will distract the eye and take attention away from “problem areasâ€? (not that you have any). This black and white blouse by Tracy Reese (Pink Mascara) is an excellent way to wear satin – it would be perfect with a black pencil skirt and colorful pumps.

A classic blazer or jacket is another way to do shine without risking fashion disaster. A satin blazer like this one by Alice + Olivia (at Shopbop) is an excellent layering piece that would work with everything from a pair of jeans to a cocktail dress, but it would be particularly chic with a button-down and a pair of tailored, menswear style pants.

Any kind of metallic on the bottom half may be a little tougher to pull off, but if you lean towards the loose, flowy end of the spectrum, you’ll be fashionably safe. This satin panel skirt (from Macy’s INC line) paired with a pretty top is a great alternative to the little black dress, and you can wear both pieces separately later. Think A-line or very wide leg pants. Just remember: only the perfectly fit can pull off pencil skirts or anything else narrow and shiny.

Despite all these rules, satin and other metallic fabrics are really not that scary. Just focus on the fit and color of the piece, and you’ll be rocking the shine with confidence this spring.

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