Dec 18, 2008

see queens

holiday sparkle is the way to go this festive season, and SEQUINS are a recession-proof, wallet-friendly way to add glitz and glamor to your outfit. this trend has been documented pretty relentlessly of late, from the new york times to west-coast trend central bar none, dear ole Hollywood. so rest assured that if you choose to sparkle, you'll definitely be doing it in style!

from trendmeisters like lindsay lohan to offbeat individuals like zoe kravitz, and classic style icons like diane kruger, its obvious that everyone loves sequins.
EVERYONE. so get on the bandwagon already, regardless of which side of the fashion fence you're on. 

as evidenced above, sequins come in all shapes and sizes!!! harlequin, prints, as accents, as entire fabrics, patterned, solid colors, skirts, dresses, blazers...
but there's definitely a method to all that madness. 
and that is...

so let's see some examples!
hugh jackman and nicole kidman, australia premiere

rocking a balenciaga (squeal!) frock and not letting it outshine you (HAHA) isn't easy, but nicole's alabaster skin is luminously pale against the intricate patterns of this doubtless hand-sewn creation. 

this picture doesnt show it, but nicole's dress ends at or around her knee, its just that she's really tall. the hexagonal pattern of the skirt is really genius; retro-mod and kitschy fashion-forward at the same time. this is definitely a red carpet look thou, so i'l just keep it for inspiration rather than an actual lookbook photo!

hilary duff, lindsay lohan (gasp, without leggings!), carmen electra

these quintessential Cali girls are definitely more realistic examples to follow. all bare limbs and blonde hair, these are nonetheless 3 different ways to wear a sequinned knee-length dress.

solid, striped or patterned, all you need for a sparkly dress like that is the right attitude and some key accessories! hilary opts for simple diamond-drop earrings, a metallic clutch and print heels (the latter being a bit too much for me). lindsay, ever-trendy in ysl tribute platforms and an offbeat fedora, while carmen's statement flirty peeptoes echo the fuschia tones of her dress.

i have yet to acquire my sparkly christmas frock, and with time running out, i will probably just have to cobble something together with whatever i have at the moment! i will ,however, bear a few things in mind:
  1. bare legs below the knee! (any more is at own discretion)
  2. go for festive colors! (see, red)
  3. rock some heels...normal flirty ones, not the bondage ones im currently loving.
  4. minimal accessories
cheers all!!!

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