Fall Fashion 2012

Sequins, metallics add glitz to daytime wear

Sequins and metallics add shine to daytime wear

CorrespondentOctober 31, 2012 

  • Ready to shine? Here’s how to wear sequins and metallics: Time it right. Don’t go for a full-on shiny dress for day. Instead, try a pullover with metallic graphic, a sweater with metallic threads, or metallic flats or pumps to perk up a neutral outfit. Match it. Not every metallic goes with every skin tone. Hold the metallic up to your face before you buy to make sure it flatters. Gold might suit you better than silver or vice versa. Experiment with it. Metallics have gone way beyond gold, silver and bronze. Try on reds, browns, grays and other colors that are infused with metallic thread. Contain it. Wear one or two shiny things and go neutral elsewhere. For instance, Sak’s has Alice + Olivia sequin tanks and blouses you can pair with dark pants or jeans and a blazer. Texturize it. Take the edge off metallics by pairing them with brocade, faux fur, leathers or chunky knits. Full-on shiny still works for nighttime and formalwear. Diane von Furstenberg has a gold peplum that’s perfect for a holiday party, and BCBG has a metallic mini that can be dressed up or down. Wear them with nude pumps. Perk up your LBD with metallic shoes or a sequined clutch. Sheon Wilson

Clothes and accessories with shine used to come out to play only at formal events, nightclubs and New Year’s Eve shindigs.

They were synonymous with Hollywood: Think about Dorothy’s ruby slippers or Ginger Roger’s ball gowns. In the 70s, lamé, sequins and shine made Studio 54 even more fabulous.

Now sequins and metallics have come into the light, bringing sparkle to daytime wear – whether it’s at work, while running errands or on the school bus. Jeans, tanks, clutches, shirts, jackets and sweaters have all gotten touches of shine.

“We have seen a rising trend in designers using sequins and metallics to brighten up daytime looks,” says Cara Fratto, marketing director at Saks Fifth Avenue at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh. “The trend has often been synonymous with the holidays, but we saw the trend explode on the runways this past spring for both day and evening looks.”

And the trend is available for every budget. Sears has Kardashian Kollection party dresses. Dress Barn has ombre metallic pullovers in silver-blue. Puma has high-top sneakers in shiny silver. Denim is getting the metal treatment, too, with designers like Isaac Mizrahi and 7 for All Mankind showing jeans woven through with metallic thread.

But don’t think that gives you permission to go glitter-crazy: You don’t want to look like a disco ball. Or as ScoopCharlotte’s Bear says, go easy “so you don’t look like you’re working in the “Showgirls” movie.

Start small. A sequin belt can perk up a neutral dress or sedate cardigan, says “Wear This Now: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion,” by Michelle Madhok and Eileen Conlan. Try a metallic pump with a colorful sweater and dark-wash jeans, the book suggests. And a sparkly dress and black sequined tank is a wardrobe basic for the well-dressed woman.

“Whether it’s glittery, metallic or contrasting, (a belt) can make an outfit look fresh and vibrant, not thrown together,” “Wear This Now” advises.

Fratto of Saks Fifth Avenue makes a point of looking on-trend and elegant at work. The metallic trend is no exception.

“I love this trend and have several pieces in my closet – metallic tops, a black sequin blazer that I’ve had for years and several metallic clutches,” she says. “This is a trend that everyone can embrace.”


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