How to shine for eight nights

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY JANET IM­PEY

GE T O U T t h e g l i t z a n d g l a m! Wi t h the party sea­son well un­der way, dra­matic d r e s s e s a n d s t a t e m e n t ac­ces­sories are go­ing to be the per­fect part­ners in shine. From se­quinned sil­hou­ettes to be­jew­elled em­bel­lish­ments, this is the sea­son to be se­duced by gleam. Night-time glam­our gets a glit­ter­ing makeover, pair­ing slinky dresses with long drop ear­rings, a beaded bag and lus­trous shoes.

Lux­ury lace is lead­ing the way, with a re­veal-yet-con­ceal ap­peal to all age groups. Some­times teamed with tac­tile satin, silk or plush vel­vet, th­ese fab­rics present the per­fect back­drop for bold jew­ellery and in­tri­cate clutch bags.

Mod­ern glam­our doesn’t al­ways have to mean opt­ing for the short sheath or clas­sic cock­tail dress.

If you have the height to carry it off, this could also be the mo­ment for a maxi. Look for an­kle-graz­ing gowns that­drape the body in shim­mer­ing, light-catching fab­ric, de­signed to ac­cen­tu­ate curves. Just add a fab­u­lous crys­tal neck­lace and gemen­crusted heels and you’re good to go. Or flirt with pan­els of beads and se­quins and add drama by de­grees. Dan­gling ear­rings look great if you have a fuss-free neck­line, just as a strik­ing watch with a dia­manté face or shiny strap adds class to a sleeve­less dress, or state­ment rings and ban­gles look good with bare arms or a short sleeve.

A beau­ti­ful bag is al­ways an as­set but keep pro­por­tion in mind — the smaller you are, the smaller the bag should be. Em­me­line clutch, Ac­ces­sorize, £65

Heidi shoe, LK Ben­nett, £210

Mac­beth pewter mesh shoe, Lucy Choi,


Right now, clutch bags reign supreme; the more dec­o­ra­tion and gleam, the bet­ter they seem. Shoes too, are all of a-glit­ter, adorned with beads and se­quins or a flash of mir­rored heels. High heels, worn with a short dress, evening trousers or a silky jump­suit, are es­sen­tial for in­stant im­pact and a pol­ished fin­ish.

Gleam is the dream en­hance­ment to a beau­ti­ful black dress, though the more em­bel­lished it is, the less bling you’ll need.

It seems the lit­tle black dress is al­ways go­ing to be the fash­ion­able favourite, though ri­val colours are making a se­ri­ous bid for at­ten­tion.

Sil­vers and golds vie with rich red shades and deep mid­night hues of blues and pur­ples, all stylish and

Harper clutch, Mon­soon, £45

Otazu Amalia cuff, Ca­denzza, £219

tempt­ing al­ter­na­tives to black. Black­dress devo­tees could try break­ing their dark ad­dic­tion by mix­ing in a pop of colour.

Or take a less clas­sic ap­proach with your ac­ces­sories and use touches of tex­ture for some wow fac­tor. Try adding some quirky ear­rings made from over­sized fake jewels, or wear some feath­ered ac­ces­sories — a hot cat­walk trend.

If you have a nar­row waist, a beaded belt looks sen­sa­tional, or even a couple of metal­lic belts in a con­trast­ing colour to your dress. Make an en­trance with a dia­manté-trimmed­cape­or­fur­tip­petand pin on bold jew­ellery for ex­tra drama.

Ex­cess can be fun — but, to stand out from the crowd, make ac­ces­sories a daz­zling ad­di­tion rather than an over­load er­ror — and bal­ance the bling with a whole lot of at­ti­tude.

Luz stole, LK Ben­nett, £185 Feather clutch,


Magic Fire­ball ring, Kon­plott, £30.50

Chan­de­lier ear­rings, Next, £10

Dress, £59; neck­lace, £25; clutch, £25. All from Kalei­do­scop


Melissa Bracelet, Phase Eight, £15

Rhine­stone clus­ter ring, Wal­lis, £9

Chain ear­rings, Ac­ces­sorize, £6

Grace watch, Folli Fol­lie, £290

No 1 Jenny Pack­man clutch, Deben­hams, £55

Nicky belt, Dune, £19

Dress, £85; cardi­gan, £35. Both M and Co Bou­tique Far­rah dress, Lit­tle­blackdr

ess., £120

Deco fan ban­gle, Ac­ces­sorize, £17

Ch­ester strappy shoe, Dol­cis, £30

Neck­lace, M&S Col­lec­tion, £22.50

Wa­ter­fall ear­ring, Kon­plott, £76.50

Az­zaro Ven­dome ring, Ca­denzza, £99

Ver­sus Ver­sace Tokyo crys­tal watch, £195,, £195

Mood ear­rings by Jon Richard at Deben­hams, £10

Star shoe, LK Ben­nett, £295,

Mood bracelet by Jon Richards at Deben­hams, £16

Nina clutch, LK Ben­nett, £245

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