Monday, December 10, 2007

It's Beginning to Look Ever-So-Slightly Like Christmas

I put my Christmas wreath out yesterday.
Fun, isn't it? It's metallic green paillettes, kind of mod oval-shaped ones. There are a lot of good things about the holidays, but just about my favorite thing is that it gives you permission to wear sequins. I think we all already know how I feel about the sparkly things.

A person has to work a little harder to get into the holiday spirit when it's 80º outside (that's about 27ºC for my metric readers).
I think it gives us extra incentive to glam it up & be festive -- if you wear it, it will come. And so, in celebration of the Season of the Sparkly, I bring you a roster of fabulous sequinny clothes. I'm not talking about a nice little chiffon cami with some tasteful beading around the neck, I'm talking full-on disco ball here. Because, my friends, if you're gonna go, go big. Sparkle, shimmer, shine, risk retinal damage. Throw caution to the wind.

Sequins take a bit of fashion nerve, I know. But trust me, put one of these things on and you will become so giddy with sparkle-induced euphoria that you will completely lose any inhibitions you might have had. Give it a try.
Here are some wonderful goodies, in descending order of splurgitude.


Alice + Olivia Sequin Racer Back Dress

Alice + Olivia dress. I know that for many of us this would actually count as a tunic, but look how cute is is with tights -- that makes it more wearable. You could even do boots, tights, and a nice velvet blazer over it.

Alice + Olivia Sequin Check Shift Dress

Alice + Olivia checkerboard dress. Unexpected and fun.


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Ashish dress. Many sequined dresses are extremely close fitting, but I love the fullness in this skirt. It would move when you walked -- imagine the glimmering!


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Robert Rodriguez Sequin Dress. Relaxed, classic, love the boatneck.


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This jacket is GORGEOUS, and comes in two other beautiful colors. Throw this on over the simplest of dresses and poof! Magic!


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The ease of a slouchy sweater made fabulous with shimmer.


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Beautiful Emanuel Ungaro with stunning pearl detailing at neck.


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Full-length gold sequins by Gai Mattiolo Couture. Doesn't get much glammier than this, and the price is actually pretty reasonable. The great thing about a dress like this -- no need to worry about jewelry. (As a matter of fact, with all of these things, any jewelry at all should be exceedingly simple. Resist the urge to don further sparklies.)


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I'm completely besotted with this -- easy a-line shape and yet still unbearably sexy. And under $150! Fantastic.


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Two of my favorite things -- ombré effect AND sequins! Heaven!! Also, super-flattering halter shape and sexy-yet-discreet keyhole opening. Really wonderful.




Sexy siren dress. Go ahead, you know you want to. Also comes in petites.


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I love these wonderful colors. I'm finding the pink nearly irresistible, especially given the fuchsia moment I've been having lately.



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Also extremely tempted by this. Isn't that great? And the gold is sort of an antiqued gold color -- which I can't help but think I would look awfully nice in. Bonus -- cut high enough to still wear a strapless support mechanism, which I do insist upon. Believe me, they'll already be looking at the sequins. Let's not give them further excuse to stare, shall we?




Simple elegance -- you could cook and serve a holiday dinner in this and be gorgeous and comfortable all the way through.




Smitten kitten for this coat. Remind me that it's 80º and I don't NEED any more coats.




Love this subtle pewter color -- less obvious than silver and still wonderfully shimmery.



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Beautiful starburst effect. And that copper color -- mmmmmm...


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Great colors, amazing price.




Like a silvery snowfall. Beautiful.



The classic basic, at a fantastic price. I really think everyone needs one of these. You might be surprised by how versatile this is -- try layering it over a great white blouse and your favorite jeans for sexy-without-trying-too-hard.

So, go! Shop! Get your sparkly on!!


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

HAHA Sequins take nerve do they Oh dear I should have know that on my wedding day. Yes My wedding dress was done in the classic Chanel dress & jacket .Which (the jacket part)was done totally in silvery/whitish sequins piped in a silver mist colour material( I forget what but it matched the flowing skirt which was not sequined). No it was not Christmas or Valentines day. I just wanted a killer but not wedding type oufit ---I got it! DECK THE HALLS ALL k

Sian said...

I love the gold ashish dress, but those mini-skirted ones with bright sequins and spaghetti straps are just a little too something for my taste, even in the holiday season. Checkerboard dress is fab though.

r sorrell said...

We went to a fabulous Christmas party this weekend... lots of sequins. My favorite was a long-sleeved minidress, covered in burgundy sequins. So pretty.

Plumcake said...

Oh, my cocktail dress --the one that was too big-- arrived in the proper size today. Black sequin wrap dress (also, double sided tape, Just In Case). Sadly my Halston-looking pearl cluster dangle earrings are MIA so I'll have to find something else to wear.

I'm toying with the idea of the Satellite necklace, but I suspect it might take away from the drama of the decollete.

What think you?