Now that the ugly Christmas sweater parties are over, to ring in the new year, there’s no excuse not to wear eye-catching, sparkly and shiny attire. Say adieu to drabby wool sweaters that feature tacky christmas icons such as snowmen, snow flakes and reindeer and say, how do you do, to sequin and beading.
Tinsel ornaments have always been synonymous with celebration, and what better time to wear them than for the most rowdy celebration of all? Synchronize yourself with the festivities, particularly for when the ball drops, for when the party blowers and noise makers go off, for the toasts and, last but not least, the new years’ kisses.
Since it’s absolutely an acceptable time, no need to fret about looking overdone. It’s a time to have fun and to bring in the joy. New York City-based designer Georgina Chapman of the Marchesa label said in a Wall Street Journal article, if you put something on with sparkle, your mood would be lifted and you’d feel like you’re having a lot more fun. This week, pull out the sequined tunics, crystal-beaded sweaters and metallic pants from your closet.
Still concerned about looking more like an overly-decorative christmas tree? Chapman offers tips and advice. Although she strongly feels that things should be slightly over the top when it comes to beading, she agrees during the day, the shine factor should be but an accent. In other words, the overall look has to be understated. An example that the designer often wears herself, would be an ensemble of polished jeans, a white shirt, a dressy blazer or biker jacket with a crystal lock or beaded bag that could be used for day or evening.
Another way to liven up your look and add to the air of festivity is by wearing colorful costume jewelry such as crystal pins, striking necklaces or beaded shoes with an average ensemble. Chapman tends to favor costume over real baubles for daytime because she says, large, chunky and real jewelry can look too dressy.
For a day look, luxury ecommerce site, Net-a-Porter suggests sequin-sprayed T-shirts such as the Vince sequin-embellished crepe top or the Haute Hippie patterned sequined jacket worn over an understated top and paired with jeans.
As for after hours, Net-a-Porter suggests champagne mini dresses such as the Haute Hippie sequined stretch-silk. Finish off the look with shimmering accessories. As Chapman puts it, “Where don’t I do sparkle in the evening?” For discerning consumers, she advises plain bags and shoes when wearing an-all over beaded sequined shift-dress.
Don’t ruin new year’s eve by feeling insecure and unhappy about your chosen compilation. Since cameras are ubiquitous in mobile phones these days, it would be convenient to have a friend take a picture so that you can see yourself from another person’s perspective. That way, you can be sure that you’ll be content with how you look. Chapman warns a night going out can be ruined in an outfit you hate. The goal is to party and have fun. Wear what makes you look good and enjoy yourself.