STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: All That Glitters

I don’t think there’s a Fashionista out there who doesn’t enjoy a little sparkle every now and then. From Cher’s infamous Bob Mackie gowns in the 80s to the beaded Marchesa dress Sandra Bullock wore to win her 2010 Oscar, sequins have always been in style and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. There’s something just plain fun about glitter — it’s a little dramatic, a little girly and the best way to instantly feel like a diva. The problem is that it’s easy to turn into an out-of-control disco ball. With daytime sequins, the goal is to look flirty, not like you forgot to take off your outfit when you got home from the club.

The words “striped sequined rainbow shirt” may terrify some people, but today’s Fashionista tackles this gorgeous top with panache. She does a fabulous job of showing exactly how to do daytime sparkle. What’s more impressive is her courage to do glitter-on-glitter-on-glitter — her sparkly flats would make Dorothy jealous and I was drooling over her shimmery silver nails. All this and she still managed to avoid looking like a Ke$ha wannabe. The trick is to combine shimmer with more low-key pieces, like her laid-back denim shorts and neutral black tights. The effect is opalescent, not over-the-top.

To get a similar look, try this vintage-inspired sweater from ModCloth. No jewelry needed — the intricate beading is accessory enough. Feeling more bold? This gold dress, also from ModCloth, would be perfect for upcoming holiday parties. If you’re nervous about going glitter-gaga, stick to accessories like these shimmery tan flats from Zara. Finally, the easiest (and usually cheapest) way to glam up your wardrobe is with sparkly nail polish. You won’t find anything more packed with glitter than Deborah Lippmann’s colorful polishes. This wook, go for the glam (and the glitter).

 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: All That Glitters

Iowa City is finally beginning to warm up and it's starting to look a bit more like spring. With last week hitting the 60's and the many inches of snow melting away, everyone is beginning to feel a bit more optimistic. There is no longer a need for bulky parkas or cable knit hats. I'm so excited to say that it's finally the time to start whipping out the spring fashions! Okay, maybe not exactly… But we're finally in that transition period where we can bring out the floral prints, ballet flats, and leather jackets. 

This Fashionista drew my eye with her simple and classic look. From her Chuck Taylor All Stars to her dark rinse skinnies, she was wearing a medley of traditional fashion staples. However, one of my favorite parts of the look were the loose tee with the sheer paneling on either side. More conservative cuts with risqué fabric, such as sheers and lace, will be a hit this spring, so be sure to stock up on these at places like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters

While I've never been the biggest fan of Converse, I absolutely adored the ones this Fashionista was sporting due to the glitter detail. Glitter hasn't always been a popular thing to put on shoes, but lately, we've been seeing it everywhere- from pumps to flats to the All Stars featured. Christian Louboutin has even designed a few pairs. 

This spring will be all about far-out trends: all-denim, sheer fabrics, bold patterns, and bright colors. And as NY Magazine says, "Modesty is history." And remember, sunglasses are not just for hot weather! 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: All That Glitters

I can't think of anything more eye-catching than a Fashionista's glitzy embellishment reflecting the sun's rays. Let's make the most out of the last few long days of sunlight by adding a touch of sparkle to our outfit just as this Fashionista did. Whether its a sequin soaked mini when you're out on the town, or a glitzy tee when hanging around campus, you will feel and look like a million bucks without having to sparkle with expensive jewelry.

Who says bling has to be saved for special occassions? This Fashionista proves this myth wrong by pairing her top with a casual cotton mini, and a pair of Frye riding boots. Even though the East Coast may have experienced a recent heat wave, it's still absolutely necessary to dress for October so opting for boots over a pair of sandals is definitely ideal. When sporting a moderately embellished top, keep the color palette to a select few or even better go neutral like this Fashionista did. The addition of a colorful Longchamp bag adds just enough color without overwhelming the outfit.

Think of the bling on your outfit the same way you would think of your diamond jewelry, and don't add copious amounts of jewelry and accessories to an already accessorized piece. This fall, shoulders are the focus and if you aren't loving the cutting-edge strong shoulder pieces, choosing a piece like this top is a great way to appear fashion forward without sacrificing your own style. With a flashback to former 80s embellished shoulder tees, rock yours with current pieces to keep your look modern!

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