Wassup #fashionablehumans !!!!
It’s a beautiful day today in the Bay (I am full of shit- I am currently in Asia so there could very well be a blizzard in San Francisco and I would be none the wiser); how are you guys doing? Stellar, I hope!
So the holidays are around the corner! Y’all about to be hitting parties and shit, drinking champagne (or vodka, whiskey, beer or sparkly apple juice- I equally support all beverage choices) and looking super cute. It’s time for all the LBDs to come out of hiding, the ugly sweaters, and even the gowns. It is truly the most glamorous time of the year, unless for those of you who get to go to balls and galas often (let it be known that I am very jealous of you.)
That said, guess who (or really, what) will also be everywhere this holiday season? Sequins. Listen— these guys have somehow branded themselves as THE accessory to rock at every glam party, and guess what: I’m not mad at them. Therefore, even though sequins are the Starbucks of holiday wear (they are every-fucking-where), they are also… well, the Starbucks of holiday wear (reasonably expected to provide decent coffee glam through your holiday party circuit.) They deserve some respek!
Last tangent, I swear; I’ll get into the outfits in a minute, but who here remembers the first time they saw sequins? My earliest memories of seeing sparkly dresses are linked to music stars; when I was 4-5, I remember seeing a sequin dress on the Ivorian singer Nayanka Bell at a live show. She was also wearing bedazzled shoes like these and that WAS IT— sequins became the highest level of glam one could achieve in my mind, kind of like the Super Saiyan of clothing. I did change my mind since then though, thankfully.
So since sequins are LIT, I am bringing about a quadruple threat of sequined attire today; y’all better watch out! (I mean not really, it just sounded good in the sentence). Sequin mermaid maxi skirts are all over Pinterest and I definitely felt like I needed one in my wardrobe after seeing them featured in some pretty amazing outfits. Plus— sequins have started making their way into weddings too, so I am justifying my purchase by the fact that they will be in fashion for a while more, hence calling this skirt an investment. Boom. See how easy it is to rationalize doubtful decisions? Please don’t be like me.
Let’s hit that sequin extravaganza!
The rocker chic sequin skirt look / Girls holiday bash
This look is for the girl who cannot be too bothered with a super duper glam outfit. She’s cool, will rock a little bit of sequin, but needs to balance the look out with something edgy. I would wear this out to a holiday bash with my girls because, while I love sequins, the leather jacket ups the casual/rocker chic factor and helps the look not cross into “overdressed” territory. Moreover, I am also rocking a tube top here; kinda hard to try any less. Don’t get me wrong, I overdress often and enjoy the heck out of it, but I also find a certain understated elegance in dressing super fancy items down. Truth is, I wanted to wear this look with silver sneakers, but I forgot to change shoes and shot with black pumps instead— which still works.
What I am wearing: Skirt, here (Alana is awesome); jacket, thrifted; similar here, here, here, and if you are up for it, hit Poshmark; tube top, here; shoes, here, hoops: here
The sophisticated sequin skirt look/ Holiday gala
This look is all about playing with textures, in this case contrasting the fringe with the sequins. I think it is likely the most “haute” look of all four, and I find the result to be very regal; for some reason, sequins and fringe go very well together in my opinion (even though I have seen some less than optimal pairings.) This look is for the girl who is bold, yet calmly confident. While guaranteed to be a head turner, it is also very polished (reminds me of this Marchesa gown a bit.). I would wear this at a fancy holiday party with a dress code from Festive to Black Tie (I learned these for this post, I did not even know Festive existed until 5 minutes ago)
What I am wearing: Top: ZARA- for some strange reason, I can find it nowhere, even though I bought it this season. Here is a couple of similar ones: here and here; Belt, here. Same shoes as above.
The classy sequin skirt look/ Office Holiday Party
This is literally (WAY) the dressed up version of an office look. A sequin skirt has enough drama to stand on its own, so to make it a tad more formal, adding a blazer could be a great move. In this very case, I feel like a jacket with some interesting elements would make the look stand out even more; the blazer I am using features power shoulders, double lapels and a high-low peplum in the back. Okay- that’s a lot, but it works! I also accentuated my waist with a leather obi belt- looks fun and cinches me in, since my jacket is actually one size too large.
Shoe-wise, I would pair this look with simple black shoes- sandals or pumps. I am not a matchy-matchy person (actually, I find the process of matching anything abhorrent), but you guys know black is BAE. I will highlight that Folake from Style Pantry has featured a similar look years ago– check it out! I honestly did not even realize I was channeling her until I had put my outfit together.
What I am wearing: Blazer: Amazon, featured here– it is my favorite blazer; Belt, very old, no idea where it’s from. Similar here and here. Same shoes as above.
The monochromatic sequin skirt look/ NYE Glam Party
When in doubt, just go monochromatic. It elevates all looks to the status of super polished without even trying. I have been really into monochromatic dressing this year (see here, here, and here), and I do not see myself stoppin anytime soon.
I knew I wanted a monochromatic component in this roundup, but I also kind of wanted to highlight my waist (also I do not have any silver shoes, LOL). I ended up breaking the look a bit with a belt, as well as accessorizing the ‘fit with black sleek sandals. As far as purse choices, I bounced back between 2: a simple black clutch, and a sassier silver bedazzled number (graciously offered to me by my friend K. on my birthday). This look is the quintessential NYE look in my mind: shiny, breezy and classy. I can literally see a glass of champagne in my hands in these photos; can’t you?
What I am wearing: Bodysuit: H&M, thrifted- listings of the same one here (M) and here (S); similar here, here and here. Belt: here; Shoes: Steve Madden Stecy, here; clutch, Francesca’s; silver version of this one. Black clutch, very old; similar woven detail here and interesting option here.
Alright- a quick roundup of each item, and we’re dunzo.
- Skirt: Love it. Had it made to my own measurements in gunmetal by Etsy seller LoveAlanaSparkle. Great experience, but the sequins are sharp as hell and I would recommend hoisery or thin leggings underneath. A plus if it’s cold anyway.
- Tube top: I mean , it’s a tube top. Opaque enough, no support if you’re busty. Stretchy spandex-like fabric.
- Fringed top: Love it, featuring it in an upcoming post as well. The middle part is t-shirt like, so I would say it’s a little cheaper than I would like, but it makes up for it in pozzazz. Still can’t find the link, options above.
- Pumps: Featured several times on the blog (1, 2, 3). I still hate them.
- Sandals: They are cute but not meant for wider feet. Featured here too.
- Belt: Nice wide belt, snaps in the back. Would not recommend for a waist smaller than 28, if you are going for the “cinched in ” look.
- Blazer: Great peplum blazer with fun accents. It is my favorite blazer.
- Clutch: Love it, it’s very shiny and therefore stands out. Have not taken it out yet, so I cannot speak to how much it holds.
Thanks, as usual, for stopping by! Drop me a note and let me know which look you would rock!
Until next time,