This holiday season is all about kitschy sweaters (think Markus Lupfer, Moschino, Stella McCartney, etc.), so why not make your own instead of spending a hefty sum? Perfect for a holiday sweater party or just jazzing up those Winter basics, this tie and collar add-on is too cool not to DIY. The best part is, you can easily make it with a sweater you already own — and one of your dad's/man's/best friend's ties. Watch on to get the details on this fun, unique party piece. On Allison McNamara: H&M top, Rebecca Minkoff blazer from Shopbop.com. Hair and Makeup by Kasia Bohos.
We all know how the story goes: as soon as the holidays roll around, you immediately reach for all your sparkly sequined pieces that have been hiding all year. That's totally normal, and we actually encourage it. But this season, why not take your love of sequins in a more trend-driven direction? For example, instead of a sequined miniskirt, why not invest in a sequined maxi skirt? Or instead of a sequined tee, why not choose one with an artsy detail? You get the picture. We've done all the digging for you and found 11 special sequined pieces we think you're going to love. There's everything from a bag to a belt to a cardigan and shoes, so step inside to discover the shine.
Jessica Alba's latest LA ensemble — geometric sequin Heather by Bordeaux tank ($136), black harem pants, and metallic scarf — is perfect for a sunny day of errands when you want to look cute in case you run into someone you know. Her mirrored Tory Burch sunglasses added further shine and her flip-flops lent comfort. While Jessica's entire outfit is spot on, we can't get enough of her geometric sequin tank. It's a refreshing change from all the solid sequin tops out there and gives the trend an edgier vibe. Once you're done with your errands, swap the harem pants for skinny jeans or shorts, and the flip-flops for heels, and you're ready to take the sparkly fun into the night. Shop the geometric sequin tank trend below to get started.
Earlier this month, Selena Gomez stepped out in a stunning sequin Roberto Cavalli minidress at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, and once again the actress proved she's not one to shy away from sparkles. While in Cannes, Selena worked a sequin Alice + Olivia blouse with distressed skinny jeans for a casual-slash-dressy feel. While her top is dazzling, pay special attention to her white Casadei pumps. We love that Selena chose a contrasting white shoe instead of, say, a basic black. It really elevated her look to more modern heights. To achieve Selena's casual, sparkling style in your city, pair a similar sequined top with distressed skinny jeans and white pumps, or step it up a notch with leather pants for a hot date-night look.
Olivia Palermo confirmed that light denim, usually reserved for more casual looks, can also work on the red carpet when she styled hers with a sparkling sequin blazer at the HBO premiere of Girls. The fashion-forward beauty layered her gray sequin French Connection topper over a white silk blouse and cuffed denim skinnies, then slid on a pair of colorful cap-toe Giambattista Valli pumps for instant glam. Glistening diamond stud earrings, a gold caged bracelet, and a blue ostrich Dior bag rounded out her polished look perfectly. To dress up your light denim, style it with a sequin jacket like Olivia did, or work your blazer with dark denim for a less casual approach to this fabulous look.
Sequins: we all wear them, we all love them — yet somehow, we still tend to fear them. While it seems perfectly appropriate to sport a sequined dress or miniskirt for a night out with the girls, most of us clench up at the thought of wearing our sparkly pieces to the office or out during broad daylight. One thing is for sure, though: sequins aren't going anywhere. They took over the Spring runways, with designers like Jenny Packham, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, and Tracy Reese showing daytime-friendly sequins — not to mention brands like Parker, Topshop, and Alice + Olivia offering casual-glam sequin pieces that can easily be worn during office hours. If you're wondering how to pull this off, just follow these tips:
- Keep your color palette on the light, bright side. The reason why Diane von Furstenberg and Jenny Packham's springtime sequins work so well is because they're in sweet, sorbet-colored hues that give off a soft and feminine feel, not Saturday night on the dance floor.
- Mix your sequined pieces with something more casual. Sequins have the amazing ability to instantly read "dressy." In order to make them work for daytime, all you have to do is temper the pizzazz with something more laid-back, like a white t-shirt tucked into a sequined skirt, or a denim button-down over a sparkly dress. If you're feeling especially bold, try a sequined tank with a white blazer and sneakers.
- Go easy on the jewelry: Consider your sequins as a built-in accessory; you're already sparkling and reflecting light upon walking into a room, so there's no need to pile on necklaces or flashy earrings. If going sans baubles makes you feel naked, stick to a couple of thin bangles or a single cocktail ring.
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Sequins can be too over the top at times, especially during the day or outside the holiday season. But last night on Fashion Star, Elle Macpherson proved that sequins can totally be fashion-forward and tame. All you have to do is follow the host's lead by pairing your gold sequin top with a pair of cropped, draped trousers. The key is for the pants to be slightly baggy to counterbalance the glitz factor of the top. For a party setting, finish off with a pair of embellished sandals, like Elle did, or for more fashiony flair, wear black booties. Love Elle's Fashion Star ensemble? Shop similar pieces below.
What's an award season without a healthy dose of sparkle and shine? These A-list ladies brought the megawattage to the red carpet at tonight's Golden Globe Awards via gorgeous sequin-embellished gowns. While certainly an eye-catching detail, it also provides a pretty alternative to your accessorizing woes (read: let the sequins speak for themselves). And when done tastefully, sequins can add the perfect amount of glamour and glitz, rather than come off as overdone and cheesy. We're loving what we saw from Zooey Deschanel's bedazzled green and black Prada gown, Jessica Alba's sparkly blush-tone Gucci number, and Claire Danes's chic J. Mendel dress, complete with sequin detailing on the sleeves and waist. Click through to see how other Globes attendees wore this shimmery statement trend.
You can never go wrong with pairing primary colors with black and silver. A sexy and bright way to hit the dance club, Shopstylist meremalade spotlights a colorful faux fur gilet with a sequin tank. A yellow clutch and blue suede booties add just enough funkiness and flair for you to start turning heads. Throw in a green crystal statement bracelet for an eclectic breakaway from the color scheme.
Wearing sequins and sparkles is an easy way to get into the holiday spirit, and in today's episode of Currently Trending, we styled this festive material for three totally different occasions. From a subtly sparkly top to a sophisticated gold pencil skirt to a pretty patterned dress — watch to see how we'll be incorporating sequins into our wardrobe!