Clothes and accessories with shine used to come out to play only at formal events, nightclubs and New Years Eve shindigs.
They were synonymous with Hollywood: Think about Dorothys ruby slippers or Ginger Rogers 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 its 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 dont think that gives you permission to go glitter-crazy: You dont want to look like a disco ball. Or as ScoopCharlottes Bear says, go easy so you dont look like youre 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 its 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 Ive had for years and several metallic clutches, she says. This is a trend that everyone can embrace.