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
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.