Sparkle & Shine
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then sequins, pyramid studs, and all other sparkly adornments are close contenders for the title. The competition is particularly fierce, as embellishments are making a strong case for official BFF status this season. True, it's not uncommon for such radiant details to accent the fall runways, but the amount of glittering decoration is exceptionally high right now. Take, for instance, the sequin blazers at Balmain, the studded Dita Shoulder Bag ($3025) carried by the models at Sonia Rykiel, or all of Lanvin's enhancements, like the Silver and Crystal Necklaces ($765). These examples only graze the surface of autumn's many ornamented things, but overall, there's enough bedazzled items for any style and budget. Sadly, most of us have to refrain from high-end pieces, but all is not lost. Take heart, dear readers, because we've collected a shiny round-up of budget-conscious items (all under $100!) that will surely ease your designer withdrawls.
Before we share our fine selection of gleaming gear, we want to remind you to proceed with caution when applying luster to your ensembles, as it's easy to overdue it. Assuming you're a fashion following-female (which we will, since you're reading this), you are probably naturally inclined to play dress up in all of your adorned pieces at once. As tempting as that sounds, the outcome could be quite scary, so find an appropriate balance between a non-embellished outfit and a Liberace-meets-Elton John-meets-Queen Elizabeth getup. With this rule in mind, please enjoy our high-quality, low-cost selection of sparkle and shine pieces!-Jessica Amento
1. Banana Republic Geometric Gem Necklace
Statement necklaces are crucial this season, so this green gem-stoned accessory is a sensible investment. Plus, it flawlessly coordinates with our Burberry-inspired outfit!
2. Dior Vernis Black Sequins Nail Polish ($19)
We are always emphasizing the importance of details in fashion, so of course we hand-picked this raven black, shimmering polish. Paint on the lacquer before a night out on the town, because the silver flecks of glitter will reflect city lights for a very cool effect.
3. Kate Moss for Topshop Sequin Tabard Top ($100)
The fashion gods truly smiled the day Kate Moss and Topshop partnered up! We are fanatical about every piece in the holiday collection, but for our embellished-shine purposes, we are pinpointing this blouse. Complement the mesh and floral sequin pattern by keeping the rest of your outfit simple. Try wearing it with a pair of skinny black trousers and over-the-knee boots.
4. Mango Diamond Bracelet ($49)
This statement-making cuff reminds us of the bangles with door knocker-sized crystals that were shown at Lanvin. The large jewels will cascade flickers of light in all directions, so it's the perfect accessory to wear to parties.
5. delia's Trishelle Skirt ($39)
This flirty skirt could seamlessly fit in with Sonia Rykiel's fall collection. Everything about it-the satin fabric, the velvet and bead detailing at the waist, the purple hue-encompasses a playful and girly feeling.
6. Sigerson Morrison for Target Glitz Crystal Flats ($30)
These rhinestoned flats are amongst our favorites in the sweet selection of Sigerson Morrison for Target shoes. They will add an unexpected shine to an otherwise basic outfit.
7. Rampage Sequin Mesh Shirt Dress ($30)
It is never too early to start planning your New Year's Eve attire, so consider adding this frock to your pile of outfit hopefuls. The price is right and it will look chic under a cute cropped blazer (just add some opaques for coverage and warmth).
8. ASOS Peep Toe Wedge Ankle Boots ($68)
We have seen some jaw-dropping shoes in our lives, but these definitely rank somewhere in the top five percentile. Talk about fetish footwear, the reflective metal platform on these futuristic booties will perfectly balance all of your girly garments.