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All That Glitters: Fashion that Makes the Holidays Sparkle

   It’s the holiday season which means one thing for fashion: bring on the bling! While many will rock a head-to-toe sequined frock (or three), maybe that’s not your style. Not to worry: there are still plenty of ways to sneak a little sparkle into this season’s wardrobe.

Belt it

   Add a belt to a plain dress. You’ll add definition to your shape at the same time, so it’s a win-win situation. Find one with studs, all-over glitter, or a metallic sheen.

Foot Candy

   Winter is the perfect time to invest in some solid, close-toed shoes. A touch of gleam can be added to any event. Find flats with embellishments for daytime or a pair of silver sparkly pumps for that New Year’s Eve shindig.

Diamonds (are a girl’s best friend)

   There’s no easier way to add glamour than with jewelry. Layering is so in right now so it’s a pretty fool-proof plan. Invest in an oversized diamond cocktail ring, dangly statement earrings, or several long-strand shimmery necklaces.

Makeup

   Give your face a nice sheen for that evening soirée. Glitter eyeliner stays on and won’t fall all over your face, keeping the glitter where you’d like it. Use it as an actual eyeliner or apply to the inner corners of your eyes for a flirty look. Add brightness to your cheeks by applying a highlighter directly above your blush. This is appropriate for daytime looks as well, if you so desire.

Tights

   It’s freezing outside so you’re going to wear them with your dress or tunic anyway, right? You may as well spice it up with a pair of shiny ones. Look for opaque tights for a subtle, jewel-toned pop; step it up with thicker tights made with tinsel-like threads.

Headwear

   This may be the easiest way to spruce up any style. Are you boho-chic? A sequined beanie should do the trick. Are feminine and girly pieces what you gravitate towards? A metallic gold headband will put you in a festive mood. You also don’t have to spend as much time doing your hair, and what lady doesn’t enjoy that?

Scarves

   Add instant sparkle with guaranteed class. Choose a striped number with alternating colors and glittery threads for an understated feel; make a statement with a chunky infinity scarf sprinkled with sequins.

Layering Pieces

   Articles of clothing with all-over bling can indeed be played down. Nab a sparkly skirt to wear under a long menswear shirt or pair a metallic camisole with a low-cut sweater.

 

By Caitlin McCulloch