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Bling and glitter are back this Christmas

Graphic by Vanessa Saw.

The holidays are a great time to reunite with family and friends. With so many people to see and so little time, the easiest way to convene is definitely at parties -- which calls for the year’s most styling challenge: holiday party outfits.

This season, anything shimmery has snuck its way into a variety of styles, material and pieces. From subtle to bright, casual to haute-couture, bling is back.

There are many ways to incorporate the trend into casual, semi and formal gatherings. Here are some ways to shine this holiday season:


Photo courtesy of Shoeperwoman.


Ke$ha did right when she forecast the glitter trend. This fall, glitter has made its way onto the runway and can easily be the easiest to adapt. A perfect example is the huge season-moment from Miu Miu’s ready-to-wear Fall 2011 collection: the emergence of glittered high heels. A grown up version of Dorothy’s red flats, Miu Miu has introduced velvet and glitter-infused heels, which were styled with simple LBDs, or little black dresses, cocktail dresses and can also be worked into pantsuits. More budget-friendly options could be found at ZARA. A silver trim brightens up an LBD and also pumps up a plain tee shirt.


A rolling trend since this summer, metallics have stuck around in the fall, with dark golds and silvers ruling the runway. Balmain has always been known to work metallics into the brand’s Parisian rocker femme. The brand has continued to showcase the versatility of this style with its stripped gold and silver tweed jacket and embellished mini that will leave even ornaments in envy. Or challenge yourself with Club Monaco’s metallic bustier dress, paired with a boyfriend blazer, tights or fur.


Sequins can be described as a founding father of party clothing. From tanks to shorts, blazers to dresses, sequins have always been the go to fabric for any party. But what about … sequin pants? Pants and leggings have been bejewled just in time for party-goers to spend the night more comfortably and stylishly in sequined bottoms. Like Eva Longoria, a fool-proof way of wearing a pair of black sequined pants is to wear them to update a classic tuxedo. As for tops, Aritizia has a wide variety of sequin tanks. Not only do them come in refreshing colours like Talula’s blush pink and midnight blue sequin tanks, but the brand as well as Wilfred’s tarnished gold sequin tanks come in crop and full length tanks.

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