All That Glitters

As we approach the festive season, it means one thing; parties, parties and more parties! From work festivities to Christmas Eve drinks to New Year shenanigans, the holiday season is the perfect time to inject some glitz into your life. You only have to glance at the high street to see that sequins and sparkles are huge this season. From dresses to hot-pants to heels, sequins are adorning absolutely everything and the good news is they’re surprisingly easy to wear. If sequins aren’t really your thing, metallics and glitter are just as easy to incorporate into your wardrobe through accessories and make-up.

Dresses are probably the easiest way of featuring sequins in your wardrobe this winter, and they are available absolutely everywhere. New Look have some beautiful pieces this season, in a wide range of colours, allowing you to put your own stamp on the trend. They have every colour you could dream of, including olive green, Barbie pink and post-box red. Turquoise coloured sequins are incredibly popular at the moment, creating a cute mermaid effect in the light. However, if colour isn’t your thing and you prefer a more traditional look, then gold, silver or black sequins look just as fabulous and are much more versatile.

Sequinned cami tops and tees are a great, understated way of sprinkling some Christmas sparkle onto your outfits this year. If you’re not a fan of the all over sequin look, beading is also popular on camis and still looks equally as glamorous. Topshop nail this trend with a black sequin t-shirt that would work just as well with jeans and a pair of ankle boots for a lecture, or with a pair of leather trousers or shorts for a night out – mixing textures is huge this season. The best thing about sequin tops is that they can be dressed up or down, depending on what you feel comfortable with.

If you’re unsure about statement sequin pieces then accessories are the way to go. They ensure you look on trend and stylish without looking OTT. Sequin heels are extremely popular at the moment, and they look fab with added embellishments – something that is really easy to replicate yourself with some fabric glue and crystals; perfect if you’re trying to save money! Clutch bags and jewellery are also an easy way of updating your wardrobe without spending too much; just remember to stick to a plain outfit if you’re going all out with bold jewellery or a sequin bag. Sequin brogues are a cool way of injecting some sparkle into your daily wardrobe, as are cross-body bags, and statement necklaces.

Glitter and metallic pieces are an even easier way to add some glamour into your lives this Christmas, with a huge range of choices available. Jumpsuits, dresses, jumpers and trousers all look super stylish in metallic hues, especially in gold and silver. These trends have also made their way into the beauty world this season; glittery eye shadow is the perfect way to update your look without having to buy anything new, and glitter nail polish always goes down well at this time of year. There are so many ways to rock the sequins over the festive season this year, so pick your favourite and go for it.

Photographer: Hugo Douglas-Deane

Model & Stylist: Imy Orchard


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