SER­ENA HOOD COUN­TRY STYLE

Paired with a cosy knit or vel­vet blazer, se­quins can work in a ru­ral set­ting, says the Tatler con­tribut­ing style ed­i­tor

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RE­THINK­ING SPARKLE

Last week I found my­self at the open­ing of the Thyme Ho­tel, a beau­ti­ful coun­try re­treat nes­tled in the heart of the Cotswolds. The event was a won­der­ful mix of ac­com­plished women – ed­i­tors, de­sign­ers, en­trepreneurs and il­lus­tra­tors. One no­table il­lus­tra­tor (and dear friend) Fin Fel­lowes ex­claimed on ar­rival, “You’re go­ing to be so jeal­ous of my new Zara se­quin skirt.” And she was right. Paired with an over­sized wool roll­neck (£98, bo­den.co.uk) to dress it down and add warmth, this sparkly skirt (£95.99, zara.com) is def­i­nitely coun­tryap­pro­pri­ate. Thank you, Fin, you’ve opened my eyes to a new world.

THE UL­TI­MATE PARTY DRESS

When I think of se­quins, it’s usu­ally on a long-legged 20-some­thing hit­ting the town in a Bal­main minidress, rather than any coun­try set­ting. But this sea­son is burst­ing with se­quinned pieces, on and off the high street, with cuts to suit ev­ery age or leg-length. Choose au­tum­nal tones that com­ple­ment the set­ting – shades of green, brown and orange will fit in per­fectly at this time of year. I’ve paired a green se­quin dress (£550, lk­ben­nett. com) with a Ralph Lau­ren vel­vet blazer and Ru­pert San­der­son heels. Take note – this is one trend not to leave be­hind in the city.

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