Bling time! My favourite time of the year - the perfect excuse to twinkle and sparkle to our hearts content. Once upon a time, this would be my cue to become cranky and tetchy as I thumbed my way through glossy magazine shots of strapless, backless, glittering LBDs. Well no more! There are ways and means of ensuring that we sparkle as much as the next gal; and let’s face it! It’s December … you’d catch your death in those strapless, backless numbers! (It’s official. I’ve become my Mother)
The wonderful news is that having psoriasis doesn’t prevent you from wearing sequins. In fact flakes glide off sequins in the most satisfying manner. The one caveat however, is that as always, you must try on knitwear before buying. Sequinned yarn can often be quite scratchy, so check the inside of each sweater.
So on with the sequin show. Starting with the bling factor for those occasions that most of us have at this time of year … drinks with the neighbours, lunch with the girls, a family gathering, a night out with friends. Not necessarily occasions that demand full on glamour but at this time of year, it’s nice to make an effort.
For a definite addition of Christmas cheer, how about this Mixed Knit Sequin Bomber Jacket from Zara? I saw a blonde-haired lady try this on recently and it was simply stunning. So much so, I rushed to try it on also, but somehow the effect wasn’t quite as good with my darker hair. (Clearly I am ignoring the styling in this picture)
However, this Sequin Embellished Trophy Jacket from Marks & Spencer could be the answer for the darker haired amongst us. Either would be great teamed with jeans and a simple tee or white shirt. Dress up with killer heels or keep muted with a Chelsea boot.
Zara have already styled this Sequinned Jacket with a laid back look, showing how easy it is to incorporate sequins into daywear. It’s Christmas! Why not?
To really crank up the glamour quotient, I love the idea of mixing knitwear and sequins. Just picture any of these skirts teamed with a simple pale grey, cream or black (if scalp allows) cashmere round neck knit. Add opaques and heels (maybe even over the knee boots?) … and that’s one very sophisticated, very festive and psoriasis-proof look!
However, if it’s full-on party glamour that you are craving, there are still options. In this case, those of us living in Ireland are really winning as we have a secret weapon at our disposal; Folkster. This store is a treasure trove of sequin delights (all year round) and is a one stop shop for all things gorgeous and glamorous. (And the good news for those of you living elsewhere, Folkster ships all over the world.)
A party dress you say? I give you the Sia Dress. Just add opaques and heels
If you have an LBD, but are nervous about wearing such a dark colour, the addition of this Harlowe Jacket would ensure that all flaking would be disguised without diminishing the sparkle.
Next has also come up trumps here with this Dry Lake Silver Sequin Dress. Ticks all the boxes!
Finally moving on to the Big Day itself; I’m always amused by magazine articles gushing about the Christmas Day dress. If like me you find yourself in the role of Chief Cook & Bottle Washer each year, then heels and dresses are hardly suitable garb. (Ok, if truth be told, I delegate the bottle-washing part.) However it is still nice to add a bit of festive cheer to the Chef’s hat, so here are a few tops that would work beautifully with some coated skinnies or if you’re lucky, some leather trousers.
And in a teal colour
But if all you want to do is stick on your favourite jeans and a slouchy sweater, then how about adding some comfortable bling to your feet? Just how cute are these White Sequin Detail Converse?
See? There is quite simply no reason for you not to shine this Chrismas.
Finally, a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends & followers! And to the lovely lady who stopped me in Heatons yesterday to tell me she loves my blog … a huge, huge thank you! You seriously made my day. (And praise the Lord I had my ‘face on’ and my hair straightened)
See you in a few days because we’ve lots more to discuss. There’s the bling-free range of party wear … I have to tell you about my shopping trip to London with the #DressToImpress competition winner (Banana Republic needs to open in Ireland. End of!) … and I even have a video of me talking about psoriasis for you all to
laugh at my Irish accent watch. ‘Til the weekend!