Wednesday, December 29, 2010

keep on sequin on

well, i'm a real sparkle whore, this is true. and i've been flirting with daytime sparkle over the last year - i used to have a hard and fast rule against it - seemed like a walk of shame or something. but sequins are everywhere, and indisputably, new years eve is a good time to wear them. and then once you have a sequin piece or two, they're easy to mix with other pieces year-round, high and low. here are my favorite pieces...i've been saving tattered magazine pages for weeks for this very moment.

i love the whole sequined t-shirt look because it automatically removes the fussiness factor - it makes it look like you just happen to be wearing sequins. feel me? i love the short-sleeved one from talbot's (on sale) and the 3/4 length sleeve one from j. crew. think they would both be gorgeous with everything from jeans to a full ball skirt.

and though i don't know about wearing the gap short-sleeved sequin pocket T (on sale) to a ball per se, i could think of lots of other places you could wear it. again, that whole casual "oh, this old sequin thing?"

j. crew kills me with this swinton sequin cardigan (on sale), especially in the unexpected navy. navy sequins? brilliant. it's the perfect meeting of played down and scintillating. if i were accumulating a forever wardrobe right now, this would be in it for sure.

for a more tailored cardigan silhouette, i love the sparkle cardigan from ann taylor, and i can't decide which color i prefer. they're both so perfect.

another navy sequin option! the sequin blazer from victoria's secret (on clearance). the possibilities for a sequin blazer are seriously endless - amazing with great jeans and a casual tank, but also could be worn over a simple tank dress to immediately amp up an outfit.

also in sweaters, and also from vicky's, the sequin tunic (on sale), lovely either in nude or black. i apologize for the racy picture - you should have seen the other option.

this velvet by graham & spencer pullover combines sequins with another passion of the moment - ikat. love.

if you're into different, the butterfly sequin top from forever 21 is kind of awesome. and at about $22, it's safe to try out your sequin wings.

for some really easy to mix in pieces, i love this simply vera sequin top which, at under $50 is a great deal.

also, the sequin twist neck tank from banana (which happens to come in navy too, btw) is a great little addition.

and this sequin vest from eileen fisher is a great way to try out the look with more subdued pieces under and/or over it.

if i WERE to try full-out sequins during daylight hours, something like this sequin sweatshirt (on sale) would be a good foray.
from talbots, this black sequined skirt (on sale) is such a perfect foil for an otherwise toned-down outfit. perhaps with a white button down (either tailored or loose-fitting) or a straight black blazer.

and i mean, what can one say about a brown sequin bell skirt? nothing much to say, just...look at it.

sequin harem pants? yes, sequin harem pants, in gold too. if i had the "sequins" to wear harem pants, these would be them.

for one-stop sequin shopping, talbots' sleeveless sequin sheath is pretty much perfect.

and the merino strobe sweater is described as "sequin-drenched." done...

and done. the lumiere dress from j. crew might be the sequin piece to end them all.

avenue, the plus-size retailer that regularly toes the line between cheese and much-appreciated variety, has gone all in with sequins this season too. love the sequin stripe legging (2 for $20!):

and the wholly enjoyable sequin sheath dress, skirt and cami, all on sale and all available in black (dress and skirt in silver too). they actually did a really nice job offering some good sequin basics at really good prices, and i can say because i've seen them in person, the black is a really good gunmetally, very metallic black.

for a toe-dip in, even old navy is getting its sparkle on with this sequin tote, perfection in all-season olive green and bronze.

of course H&M is a bevvy of sparkle too, but since you blasphemously can't shop on their website, you'll have to stop by.

1 comment:

Monica Hans said...

I too am so in love with sequins this season! At first I was also a little gun shy about wearing them during the day but I'm quickly learning to embrace the idea. I have the JCrew 3/4 sleeve sequin t-shirt you show, but in rose gold. I love it and have found it to be very versatile. I've been pairing it with a white button down shirt underneath to give it a different sort of look and it's great...I even wore it to church Christmas morning!

I've also attached the link to another one of my favorite sparkly items this season-a jeweled clutch from Banana. I have it in a pewter color that is no longer on the website but all the colors are fabulous...and while I might stick to using this in the evening I don't think it has to be saved for "special" occasions.

Thanks for the article Carla-love it!


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