Sequins, shimmer, glitter… FINALLY I’m not just being “extra”. Okay, I’m always going to be a little extra, but if ever there’s a time, it’s now.
I styled this skirt to be worn casually during the day. Traditionally, it could be worn as special occasion evening wear but I think that pairing it with a cotton top makes for a fun juxtaposition. I would even go so far to say that black combat boots would be killer, but alas I wore mirrored strappy heels – after all, I like to be a fancy pants. I paired it with an oversized leather tote and tied a silk scarf to the handle.
When one thinks of glitter and sparkle, what designer immediately comes to mind? For me, it’s Kate Spade. One phrase that was trending after her unfortunate passing this past June, was that “she left a little bit of sparkle everywhere she went”. Creative Director, Angela Weiss took that phrase to heart when planning the SS19 show (last week), adding an element of sparkle in many looks, including a stripe of glitter down the runway. What a lovely sentiment. Hopefully she will be remembered for who she was in the beginning – what we know Kate Spade NY to be – a bright and joyful brand that embodies women who carpe diem the shit out of this life, being as “extra” as they wish, every step of the way.
But you don’t have to be young, extra, or a trendy influencer to embrace the sparkle craze. Saks Fifth Avenue SVP Fashion Director, Roopal Patel was asked about the shiny embellishments taking front stage in their department store, and she responded with, “We find that sparkle has no age limit; there is a wide appeal to all of our customers to add sparkle and shine to their wardrobes,” she says. “For so long sequins and embellishment were used for holiday dressing, but now designers are playing sparkle into everyday silhouettes. Through bejeweled necklines, sparkly collars, and rhinestone trims, popular brands like Gucci, Prada and Miu Miu have brought the idea of adornment into daywear.”
Being “extra” is now just being one in a crowd (at least it is at NYFW). Find your favorite shimmer, mix it up with different prints, colors, and textures or just add a touch with your shoes or bag (I’m looking at you, Kate Spade NY). Dress it up or dress it down. Not your thing? More into linen or lace? Move along… because after all, knowing your style is the first step to looking and feeling your best (*shameless plug* read my blog post on “Defining Your Style” here).
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