Rihanna may have been telling us to be diamonds in a more metaphorical sense, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to help the budding fashionista with adding sparkle into her personal style. Like animal prints and go-go heels, glitter can border on tacky when the outfit is not properly thought through. However, when you find that sweet spot, you’ll quickly realize that you’ve given your wardrobe the fun makeover you never knew it needed.
Sequined tops, glitter shorts, sparkly dresses. All these shimmery pieces can seem a little too much to handle. But leave it to us to tell you how to glitsten without totally looking like a disco ball. Besides, it’s extremely rare for someone to look elegant in head-to-toe glitter. That is, unless you’re headed to a psychedelic music festival or need it for a Halloween costume. Or you’re Lady Gaga.
Contrary to what others may have told you, glitter wasn’t only made for the holidays or formal wear. Experts from the fashion industry are spotting bloggers and trendsetters with sequins woven into their daytime ensembles, appearing in the unlikeliest of places, such as the workplace. But actually wearing that sparkly item to the Wednesday weekly meeting can be easier said than done.
We’re not encouraging you to dive head first into glitter. Rather, we want to help you ease into it, which you can start off with by wearing shimmery accessories as accents in your outfits. Something as small as a cocktail ring or as big as a tote might be all that you need for some glimmer. Glitter accessories have taken all forms, from headbands, earrings, belts and clutches, working as statement items.
But if you feel like the contrasting colors or textures are too blinding for you, there is a subtler way of wearing such accessories. For example, an all-black uniform could be complemented with a black sequined choker or waist belt. A white long-sleeve tee would blend well with a sparkly pastel scarf. An outfit of neutrals can always use a glistening pair of heels. Thus, you have lots of options to be as understated as you want with glitter, despite how in-your-face it is in appearance.
For those that are ready to graduate from the shiny accessory department to clothing, start taking notes. If there was one celebrity who was the true role model for glitter fashion, it’s the legendary King of Pop. Michael Jackson was known for his eccentric sense of style, which includes the classic Billie Jean sequined jacket. An MJ-esque jacket would work in certain office settings, as well as nights out and even casual looks. Throw it over a graphic tee and blue jeans and you’ll instantly upgrade your street style. For subtle shimmery items, choose clothes in silver or gray so that it looks more metallic than glittery. Tops made from lurex, a fabric made from metallic thread, are generally very classy. And they’re much more office friendly compared to anything made of sequins.
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If you’re looking to draw more attention, sparkly shorts will brighten up your often. They also are the perfect alternative to skirts, since they’re more comfortable but just as feminine. Though if you do love skirts, try going for ones in champagne if you love neutrals. And if you’re looking for a showstopper for a party, don’t be afraid to try on the gold sequined top. For club wear that doesn’t go overboard on the sparkle, check out our Cyber Sequin Mini Dress. Instead of being completely covered in these metallic embellishments, this white dress is merely adorned with sash that has a bit of twinkle.
Of course, there’s no way that we’ll talk about glitter without discussing its role in occasion wear. From proms to debuts, weddings to charity balls, there’s no doubt that glitter looks its best in dim lights, helping you glow and even shine like a diamond in the sky. You can’t help but feel like the belle of the ball in this Strapless Sequin Cocktail Maxi Dress. What’s wonderful about this gown is the sort of ombre effect or gradient it has using the sequins, which adds this cohesiveness across the different textiles used to make the dress.
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Hopefully, you’ve grown less fearful of this flashy aesthetic with these suggestions. After all, we could all use a little luster in our fashion choices.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.