BABY YOU’RE A FIREWORK: RIVAL THE MIDNIGHT SHOW THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE IN GARMENTS MADE TO SPARKLE AND SHINE
If there’s ever a time to dress that little bit extra, it’s New Year’s Eve. The hype, the countdown, the soirees and cocktails — matching the mood with a sequined or shiny number is the only way to go.
Sure, you could fall back on your trusty LBD, but with bustling venues and busy streets, a sparkly garment or accessory is not only appropriately luxe, it’s also practical for its high visibility among the crowds.
Fashion designer Binny Watson says a special occasion is the perfect excuse to wear a glittering garment, but too much shine can leave you looking more drag queen than glistening dream. Binny recommends opting for a shiny item in a classic cut to give off an air of modest elegance.
“Everyone loves a bit of sparkle and I am no exception,” Binny says. “Sometimes though I find certain sparkly dresses can be a bit OTT, so I thought I’d do one in a shift style — it’s universally flattering and hides all the party season sins. The shorter length keeps it a little sexy and the scalloping of the sequins makes it a little bit special.”
With so much glitz concentrated in one spot, Binny says you should team a sequined or shiny item with neutral pieces — an unfussy pair of shoes and a small, dark bag.
“I suggest keeping the accessories understated,” Binny says.
“Opt for a classic strappy heel or a wedge, and a mini clutch or cross-body bag.
“If you would like to wear sequins to a day do, a pair of sneakers will give the you the cool girl look.”
Another perk of going large in sparkles is that you can keep your jewellery to a minimum. No heavy earrings or jingly bangles weighing you down, which means plenty of waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Make-up should be kept simple too, with a natural matte foundation base, refined lipstick colour and a delicate winged eyeliner or subtle smoky eye.
If you want to dabble in a bedazzling piece but can’t quite bring yourself to wear an entire dress or top, start with a pair of glittery silver shoes and match with a gleaming silver necklace and diamond studs, or a sequined clutch in midnight green, blue or bronze.
Clothing in metallic grey or black sequins also gives off a subtle reflective glow when hit with light, ideal for those wanting to stick to dark colours while adding a little luminous flair.
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