Monday, December 5, 2011

Shine and Sparkle: Holiday Style Guide

I have received many questions asking how I would style sequin skirts. Right now they are everywhere (see here, here, and here), and with New Years Eve only 26 days away, knowing how to style your glitter can be useful.
Holiday Sparkle

Now, I first have to say that there are more ways not to style a sequined skirt than there are ways to style the look. In my opinion, getting a sequined skirt that is too short or pairing it with the wrong thing can give off a very promiscuous vibe and of course, no one wants to give off that vibe (or at least I know I don't want to!).

The first look on the left is the "sexier" version of the sequined skirt. The silk shirt is classic yet the fabric is of equal "dressiness" as the skirt. The suede heels offset the sparkle of the skirt and the peep toe of the shoe with vibrant red toenails add a nice pop of color. I love pairing drape-y silk shirts with over-sized watches. However, when wearing a sequined anything, keep the jewelry to an absolute minimum. Think of the skirt as your piece of jewelry. The earrings and the clutch also add a sleek, more fancy touch.

For the second look on the right, this is something that is more appropriate for less dressy occasions such as a work party or a cocktail party. This look is definitely more conservative with the turtleneck, tights and flat shoes. This keeps the sequined skirt classy as well. Again, I feel the need to re-iterate, keep the length of the skirt in mind! If you have an ounce of doubt that the skirt might be a little on the skimpy side, then don't purchase it. I know Forever21 offers a lot of sequined skirts, however, most of them don't have appropriate lengths.

I would stick to gold, black, and silver toned sequins because it is my opinion that colored sparkles are a bit tacky and look a lot better in small doses. If I had to choose the perfect sequined skirt, it would be this J. McLaughlin number...
I would do this skirt with a crisp white button down shirt (not oxford cloth) with black tights and red flats or black pumps.
 I know that the "man with the bag" will be bringing me a sequined top from Talbots for Christmas this year and I will be wearing it with...

This isn't the exact top. Mine has short sleeves but I will pair it with skinny black pants, black pumps,and pearl studs. Then I plan on adding one pop of color whether it be with a handbag, nail polish, or jewelry. Do you own a sequined skirt? How do you plan on wearing it? Have a fabulous day!


kBr said...

I'm loving the sequined skirt look! I don't have one yet but I'd love to find one in time for NYE. I'm going to a party at my boyfriends parents house so I'm planning an outfit similar to the one on the right.

Michelle P said...

I just bought a super cute cobalt blue sequin dress for New Years. So excited!

Danielle Marie said...

I'm loving that outfit paired with the sequin skirt on the right! Where did you find the skirt? Definitely going on my Christmas list!

Designs by Kara Kihm said...

So cute!!! I love festive Holiday outfits!!!!

Portuguese Prepster said...

love these looks!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I plan to wear a Nanette Lepore sequined shift dress I got for a steal at the Saks outlet for NYE!


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