The holidays are just around the corner and that means holiday parties, cocktail hours, and a wealth of other reasons to dress stunning from head to toe. But as your sorting through your velvets, and your cashmeres, and your shantung, trying to come up with the proper special occasion attire-you need not look further than the hottest (and simplest) trend for this holiday season: sparkle. Show off a bit of shimmer and shine with a delectable dose of razzle-dazzle. But be aware: too much of this good thing and you’ll end up looking like a reject from the Vegas stage. But with strategic placement, these high-class items are sure to make you the belle of any winter ball, as pure and glistening as the freshly fallen snow.
When choosing a sequined or embellished piece it’s best to stick with one hemisphere of the outfitâ€”either above the belt or below. Two fresh and youthful versions of a brilliant bottom (that manage to pass the test of not resembling a figure skating uniform) are the mini skirt and harem pant. The classic mini gets a shot of sparkle in this saucy style. Solid colors are always a safe bet, but the runway looks for fall, like at Alexandre Herchcovitch, boasted a punchy palette of colors in ombre, patterns, or stripes. Pair this fun and flirty piece with a pared down blouse, jacket, or cami for head-turning attention. The harem pant, another popular silhouette of late, can make enough of a statement with its billowing shape and swaths of fabric. Sequins can definitely up the glam factor on these pants but it may be best to stick with black for a more subdued finish. A knockout pairing would be a sleek blazer, similar to the Thakoon‘s runway look, or refined button-down to tuck in. Haute Hippie‘s affordable version is even lined in sweatpants material for maximum comfort.
Speaking of well-cut blazers, a layering piece like a bedazzled blazer can be worth its weight in precious metals. Thrown over an elegant, monochromatic ensemble, a flashy jacket makes a bold, but not overdone, statement. The most modern version of a glitzy jacket is silver. Shown in impeccable form on the Christian Lacroix couture runway, the bedazzled blazer can provide that extra wattage of sophisticated shine. A simpler version can be translated for everyday (or at least for every night) with this shorter, more tailored version from 7 for all Mankind. Shorter, cleaner dimensions are the best option for a special night out, so as not to pull an â€˜Elton John’ with a more boxy, oversized shape.
Few things can make a holiday fete more fab than showing up in a glamorous new dress. And though you could easily get away with a number that shows a soft yet sultry all- over shimmer, the newest versions of these fancy frocks keep the sparkle segmented. In the hot, one-shoulder style that’s currently all the rage, sparkles make more of a statement when dripping down the bodice, as with Armani‘s stunning confection. The inversion of the look boasts the same sizzling appeal, as Thread Social proves with its contrasting, multi-colored frock. And if you’re still gun shy to hop on the bling bandwagon, you can always choose the safer option of incorporating glitz into your accessories. A scintillating clutch is as wise an investment piece as a black leather bag. It literally goes with everything and can instantly provide that dash of panache to dress up an otherwise average look. Max Azria‘s subtle sparkle peeking out from his deconstructed black suit is the pure definition of chic. Julia Cocco provides a myriad of options to achieve the same look with her sweetly colored kisslock clutches.
The holidays are the best time to treat yourself and get all dressed up for some special nights on the town. Throw caution to the wind and snatch up some serious sparkle for a look that can be both edgy and elegant when done correctly. Just remember: less is more when pairing pieces with such pizzazz. But just one of these show-stopping pieces will be the ultimate gift that keeps on giving.
Runway: Max Azria Spring 2010 RTW
Real Way: Julia Cocco Sequin Kisslock Envelope Clutch w/Chain Strap $118