I've always been something of a magpie, drawn to sparkly clothes and accessories. And luckily for me, sequins are spilling out of retailers this year, decorating bags, skirts, dresses and even shoes.
Sequins — shiny, flattened beads sewn onto clothing and accessories — have been decorating fashion for decades, but in recent years they've gone from evening-wear staples to everyday accessories.
For its fall collection, Prada sent models down the runway sporting dresses covered in saucer-sized sheer paillettes in warm colors of burnt orange and red, paired with fur-trimmed collars and knee-high boots.
And fashion discounter Target has teamed with Converse to offer sequin-covered slip-on sneakers. They're available in fuchsia, black and silver, and at $38.99 a pair, they are an easy way to add a touch of shimmer to casual weekend outfits.
Even classic handbag brand Coach has added a selection of sequined satchels, shoulder bags and party-perfect wristlets.
Sequins are a perfect choice for adding a touch of glamour to any outfit. But especially in this season of dressing up for parties and celebrations, a little glitter goes a long way.
In fashion, opposites often make a great combination — black and white; lace peeking out from a tweed jacket. So why not follow the same rule with sequins, and pair them with the unexpected.
Top a sparkling sequined skirt, for instance, with a cozy wool sweater. Add some shine to a simple little black dress by carrying a petite sequined bag. Or transform a menswear-inspired blazer worn over a tee into party wear with black sequin shorts, black opaque tights and sky-high heels.