Make Your Christmas Sparkle

How to add some bling to your festive fashion without going over the top

Issue: Dec 2015

Glam up the festivities by tastefully adding bling to your party outfits
Glam up the festivities by tastefully adding bling to your party outfits

It is the season for parties and celebration. Given the festive mood, it is fitting to add a little shimmer and shine to your wardrobe. But, how do you sparkle this Christmas without looking like a Christmas tree? Inside gives you some tips.

Keep it Low

1. Don’t Face the Shine

The v-shaped neckline of Quiz Mesh Diamante Maxi Dress (S$196) helps to draw the shine away from the face
The v-shaped neckline of Quiz Mesh Diamante Maxi Dress (S$196) helps to draw the shine away from the face
Photo credit: Dorothy Perkins

Sequins and sparkly details too close to the neckline can sometimes cast unsightly shadows under the chin. One way to combat this is to keep the neckline lower. If your outfit has bling on the bodice, opt for lower necklines or strapless numbers that draw the shine away from your face.

2. How Low Can You Go?

Keep the glitter low with these sequined skirts (S$69.90 & S$59.90) that will let you shine without overdoing the look
Keep the glitter low with these sequined skirts (S$69.90 & S$59.90) that will let you shine without overdoing the look
Photo credit: H&M and ZARA

Another way to keep the shine away is to wear the glitter on the lower half of your body. Shiny pants and shimmery skirts will let you add glamour to your night-time wardrobe without overdoing the look.

3. Try Shiny Footwear

This pair of Ghillie Heels (S$85.90) will make you stand tall as you sparkle at your party
This pair of Ghillie Heels (S$85.90) will make you stand tall as you sparkle at your party
Photo credit: Charles & Keith

How low can you go? Shiny footwear is your answer. One way to pull off a sophisticated look is to pair super sparkly shoes with an outfit in a single muted colour. It is subtle yet sensual. Dresses work better than pants in the ensemble so all the attention will be drawn to your feet.

Keep It Small

1. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

Put on this Rose Gold with Simulated Moonstones Necklace & Earring Set or the Duo All-Around Star Necklace and Duo Bangle Star
(Left) Put on this Rose Gold with Simulated Moonstones Necklace & Earring Set (S$169) or (centre, right) the Duo All-Around Star Necklace (S$430) and Duo Bangle Star (S$210) which Swarovski designed with Australian model, Miranda Kerr, and add a touch of bling to your festive outfit
Photo credit: Charles & Keith

If you are not confident that you can pull off a sparkling outfit or shoes, your solution is to accessorise! And, if you have a change of heart during the course of the night, you can always take them off.

2. You’ve Nailed It

Have a hand in your year-end glittery outfit and go over the top with shiny nails
Have a hand in your year-end glittery outfit and go over the top with shiny nails

Few things say fun and festive as easily as a statement manicure. If your outfit is understated, pile on the glitz on your nails. From glittery polish to bejeweling your nails to 3D nail art, your options are myriad.

3. Watch Your Accents

A flowy crossed *V-neck Belt Gown (S$189) with a metallic belt and an Envelope Crystal and Leather Clutch in granite
(Left) A flowy crossed *V-neck Belt Gown (S$189) with a metallic belt and (right) an Envelope Crystal and Leather Clutch in granite (S$630) are accents that you can consider
* availability dependent on stocks
Photo credit: Mango & DVF

Having accents in your outfit is one way to introduce a small amount of shine. Think functional fashion statements like belts and clutches.

Keep it Subtle

1. Be a Minimalist

This *Halter Neck Gown is embroidered with mirrors and the Mesh Dress with Sequins opts for interesting motifs to create the shine
(Left) This *Halter Neck Gown (S$89) is embroidered with mirrors and (right) the Mesh Dress with Sequins (S$69.90) opts for interesting motifs to create the shine, keeping things sparkly but subtle
* availability dependent on stocks
Photo credit: Mango & DVF

If you want an all-over bling dress, keep the bling small. Go for one dotted with shiny beads or mirrors instead of a dress covered in sequins, for example. This lets the outfit shine without overwhelming you.

2. Go Towards the Light

Going for a lighter shade like this Fine Pleats Party Dress (S$39.90) is one way to wear glitter without letting it overwhelm you
Going for a lighter shade like this Fine Pleats Party Dress (S$39.90) is one way to wear glitter without letting it overwhelm you
Photo credit: Pull & Bear

Dark colours evoke a sultry vibe. Add glitter to it and the result may be too much. If you want an all-over shine, go for lighter colours. Glitter looks less obvious against a lighter background.

3. Be a Material Girl

Pick materials with a sheen like this (left) Faux Leather Dress (S$69.90) or (right) Chiffon Dress (S$99.90)
Pick materials with a sheen like this (left) Faux Leather Dress (S$69.90) or (right) Chiffon Dress (S$99.90)
Photo credit: Zara & H&M

The shine need not come from the glitter alone. There are materials that have a sheen to them that can bring on the bling - faux leather, metallic cloth, silk, satin, and chiffon, for example.

4. Balance the Bling

A higher hemline tones down the glare, and long sleeves keep the outfit looking modest. This Sequined Dress (S$119) is one way to pull of the glitter glamour look in style.
A higher hemline tones down the glare, and long sleeves keep the outfit looking modest. This Sequined Dress (S$119) is one way to pull of the glitter glamour look in style.
Photo credit: H&M

If you have picked a dress covered in shine, then make it short to tone down the glare. Keep the dress modest as well to balance the shimmer. Go for either longer sleeves or a higher neckline.

It is the end of the year. You have worked hard. Let your hair down and bring on the bling for the party. You know how now. Here’s to a sparkly and elegant Christmas!

Where to shop:

Charles & Keith
www.charleskeith.com
Bedok Mall #01-31
Bugis Junction #01-06-08
ION Orchard #B3-58
Plaza Singapura #02-28/28A
Raffles City #03-31/32
Tampines Mall #01-13/14

Chomel
www.chomel.com.sg
ION Orchard #B2-52

Diane Von Fursternberg
www.dvf.com
ION Orchard #03-01

Dorothy Perkins
www.sg.dorothyperkins.com
Plaza Singapura #01-28
Raffles City #02-39
Junction 8 #03-00
Bedok Mall #01-30

H&M
www.hm.com/sg
ION Orchard #B2-28

Mango
www.shop.mango.com/SG/
ION Orchard #B2-16
Raffles City #02-25
Bugis Junction #01-73/76
Tampines Mall # 01-21/02-16

Pull & Bear
www.pullandbear.com/sg/en/
ION Orchard #B2-08

ZARA
www.zara.com/sg
ION Orchard #B2-03 and #B3-05

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