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BABY YOU’RE A FIRE­WORK: RI­VAL THE MID­NIGHT SHOW THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE IN GAR­MENTS MADE TO SPARKLE AND SHINE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FASHION - WORDS: AM­BER MAC P HER SON

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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