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Add pizzazz to New Year's style with sparkly dress, embellished accessories

James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Crystal sparkly necklace ($38), at Serendipity, Downtown Monday December 23, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Crystal sparkly necklace ($38), at Serendipity, Downtown Monday December 23, 2013.
Marco Bicego - Marco Bicego's Goa ring coiled in 18kt white gold with diamonds ($6,670), at Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marco Bicego</em></div>Marco Bicego's Goa ring coiled in 18kt white gold with diamonds ($6,670), at Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
Marco Bicego - Marco Bicego's Diamond Cairo coiled ring in 18kt hand coiled yellow gold with diamonds ($4,290), at Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marco Bicego</em></div>Marco Bicego's Diamond Cairo coiled ring in 18kt hand coiled yellow gold with diamonds ($4,290),  at Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
Marco Bicego - Marco Bicego's Diamond Cairo coiled bracelet in 18kt yellow gold with diamonds ($15,560), at Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marco Bicego</em></div>Marco Bicego's Diamond Cairo coiled bracelet in 18kt yellow gold with diamonds ($15,560), at Orr’s Jewelers  in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
Marco Bicego - Marco Bicego's Diamond Cairo coiled ring in 18kt hand coiled yellow gold with diamonds ($4,290) at Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marco Bicego</em></div>Marco Bicego's Diamond Cairo coiled ring in 18kt hand coiled yellow gold with diamonds ($4,290) at Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley and Squirrel Hill
ZAPPOS.COM - Calvin Klein jeweled shoulder jacket ($139.50), at www.zappos.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>Calvin Klein jeweled shoulder jacket ($139.50), at www.zappos.com
ZAPPOS.COM - Jessica Simpson pleated boat neck dress ($98), at www.zappos.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>Jessica Simpson pleated boat neck dress ($98), at www.zappos.com
ZAPPOS.COM - DL1961 'Emma' legging in glimmer ($248), at www.zappos.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>DL1961 'Emma' legging in glimmer ($248), at www.zappos.com
ZAPPOS.COM - French Connection spectacular sparkle dress ($198), at www.zappos.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ZAPPOS.COM</em></div>French Connection spectacular sparkle dress ($198),  at www.zappos.com
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Crystal and rhinestone earrings ($28), at Serendipity, Downtown Monday December 23, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Crystal and rhinestone earrings ($28), at Serendipity, Downtown Monday December 23, 2013.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Druzy sterling silver necklace with gold pendant ($188), at Serendipity, Downtown Monday December 23, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Druzy sterling silver necklace with gold pendant ($188), at Serendipity, Downtown Monday December 23, 2013.
James Knox | Tribune-Review - Sondra Roberts sparkle clutches in red and black-and-gold ($350 each), at Serendipity, Downtown
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sondra Roberts sparkle clutches in red and black-and-gold ($350 each), at Serendipity, Downtown
NORDSTROM - Expressions NYC caged clutch ($48), at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.nordstrom.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NORDSTROM</em></div>Expressions NYC caged clutch ($48), at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.nordstrom.com
NORDSTROM - Tory Burch embellished bow belt ($185), at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.nordstrom.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NORDSTROM</em></div>Tory Burch embellished bow belt ($185), at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.nordstrom.com
NORDSTROM - Aidan Mattox ruched sequin knit dress ($198), at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.nordstrom.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NORDSTROM</em></div>Aidan Mattox ruched sequin knit dress ($198), at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.nordstrom.com
LIGHT IN THE BOX - Sheath bandage dress ($160, at www.lightinthebox.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LIGHT IN THE BOX</em></div>Sheath bandage dress ($160, at www.lightinthebox.com
LIGHT IN THE BOX - Stainless steel with sequins gold evening bag ($49), at www.lightinthebox.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LIGHT IN THE BOX</em></div>Stainless steel with sequins gold evening bag ($49), at www.lightinthebox.com
LIGHT IN THE BOX - Satin with rhinstones flowers evening handbag ($37), at www.lightinthebox.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LIGHT IN THE BOX</em></div>Satin with rhinstones flowers evening handbag ($37), at www.lightinthebox.com
TIFFANY & CO. - Tiffany & Co. pendant with sapphires and diamonds in platinum ($13,000) at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall and www.tiffany.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>TIFFANY & CO.</em></div>Tiffany & Co. pendant with sapphires and diamonds in platinum ($13,000) at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall and www.tiffany.com
TIFFANY & CO. - Tiffany & Co. diamon drop earrings ($4,200), at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall and www.tiffany.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>TIFFANY & CO.</em></div>Tiffany & Co. diamon drop earrings ($4,200), at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall and www.tiffany.com
MACY'S - INC sparkle sweater ($89.50), at Macy's stores and www.macys.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MACY'S</em></div>INC sparkle sweater ($89.50),  at Macy's stores and www.macys.com
MACY'S - Alfani sparkle blouse ($79), at Macy's stores and www.macys.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MACY'S</em></div>Alfani sparkle blouse ($79), at Macy's stores and www.macys.com
KOHL'S - LC Lauren Conrad sequin sheath dress ($74), at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>KOHL'S</em></div>LC Lauren Conrad sequin sheath dress ($74), at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com
ROSENA SAMMI - Rosena Sammi earrings ($320), at www.rosenasammi.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ROSENA SAMMI</em></div>Rosena Sammi earrings ($320), at www.rosenasammi.com
ROSENA SAMMI - Rosena Sammi bangles ($99), at www.rosenasammi.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ROSENA SAMMI</em></div>Rosena Sammi bangles ($99), at www.rosenasammi.com
JCPENNEY - Joe Fresh sequin tank top ($29), at jcpenney stores and www.jcpenney.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>JCPENNEY</em></div>Joe Fresh sequin tank top ($29), at jcpenney stores and www.jcpenney.com
DAVID'S BRIDAL - Short strapless glitter mesh dress with beading ($149), at David's Bridal stores and www.davidsbridal.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>DAVID'S BRIDAL</em></div>Short strapless glitter mesh dress with beading ($149), at David's Bridal stores and www.davidsbridal.com
DAVID'S BRIDAL - Glitter peep toe platforms with crystals ($69.50), available at www.davidsbridal.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>DAVID'S BRIDAL</em></div>Glitter peep toe platforms with crystals ($69.50), available at www.davidsbridal.com
DAVID'S BRIDAL - Large casted flower headband ($149), at David's Bridal stores and www.davidsbridal.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>DAVID'S BRIDAL</em></div>Large casted flower headband ($149), at David's Bridal stores and www.davidsbridal.com

How to wear sparkle without looking like a disco ball

Accessorize: Dorothy had the right idea with her sequin slippers. A sequin bag or flats can add just the right amount of sparkle. And while dark and matte sequined accessories will undoubtedly look amazing, you can try shimmer versions of gold, silver, and bronze to really make an impact.

Be ironic: In the ultimate spirit of high-low dressing, try pairing a sequin cardigan or jacket with distressed denim. Add a cami or tee and some serious heels to look both effortless and elevated. A sequin sweatshirt paired with a skirt is another fun way to be casual and dressy all at the same time.

Break it up: The key to rocking sparkle is to mix and match with separates of various textures and levels of casualness. For a holiday party, try a sequin pant with a silk top or sequin top with a baggy trouser – both are totally appropriate combos. Or to make an otherwise neutral outfit like jeans and a T-shirt a little more festive, simply add a sequin jacket, cardigan or sweater.

Go dark: Think: black, gunmetal, hunter green, or deep burgundy sequins and resist bright reds, yellows or greens. A darker hue feels more sophisticated and easily mixes and matches with your winter palette.

Make it matte: Matte sequins? It’s a thing! Even better, they give your outfit a little irony, because they’re shiny in spirit, but low-key lustrous in actual appearance. For instance, a sequined matte cape will look less super hero, and more super stylish.

Source: www.whowhatwear.com

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

New Year's Eve is your time to shine.

From a sparkly dress to embellished accessories, bling on 2014.

“The holidays are a time of year when everything around you sparkles,” says Gwendolyn Covington, a style editor for zappos.com. “Department stores and windows are gleaming with shiny fancies, people's homes are adorned with beautiful lights and arrangements, so it makes sense for women wanting to feel they are a part of the spirit of everything sparkle as well. Most of the glamorous parties and gatherings happen during the holidays, and every woman wants to stand out and be noticed.”

One sparkle item every woman should own is an ultra-sparkly top, Covington says. It is easy to wear and pair with pants, jeans or a skirt that you already have in your wardrobe. Some women feel a sparkly outfit is a bit bold and overwhelming, Covington says. But with a sparkle top, you look easily festive. Another bonus is less need for much jewelry.

The more daring will sport a jewel-encrusted dress, shining statement jewelry or an amazing sparkly shoe.

Choose a single sparkly item, and let that piece be the statement of your outfit, Covington says. If you like bold bling, then you can wear more simple clothing. If you wear a pair of sequin pants, then it would be good to have a classic blouse and maybe a colorful shoe, she says. It's important to let your sparkle accent your look and not overwhelm it.

Keep sparkle accessories in the same color family. If you are wearing silver sparkle, for example, make sure your jewelry, makeup and other accessories complement.

Women love sparkle and not just for the holidays, says Josh Saterman, Macy's vice president and fashion director.

“Sparkle and shine are present from the blazer to footwear,” Saterman says. “I think women love shine because it makes them feel special and sexy. It's bright and fun. Fashion is emotional, and putting on a great outfit that shines keeps your spirit in a festive mood.”

Too much is simply too much, so make sure the sparkle outfit has balance, Saterman says.

Although not everyone agrees with that.

“My motto is you can't ever have enough sparkle,” says Marissa Rubin, senior market editor for People Style Watch. “This time of year is the opportunity to treat every moment as a red-carpet moment. It's OK to pile on the bling. If not now, when?

“Choose some sparkling bangles, a necklace or earrings if you don't want to take the risk of the all-over sequin dress,” Rubin says. “Or go with a sequin top, black pants and sequin shoes. I say New Year's Eve is the perfect time to overindulge and go all out — and you should.”

Your sparkle doesn't have to be black either, Rubin says. Choose other colors with shimmer, such as red, green and blue. They're fun hues that give the sparkle piece an interesting twist, Rubin says.

Women are instantly attracted to sparkle, says Kimberly Coppola, co-owner of Serendipity, an accessories-inspired boutique Downtown, with husband Peter.

“Even little girls, you will see their faces pressed against the window of our store when they see something that shines,” Coppola says. “When you wear something with sparkle, it just feels festive, a little glamorous. When you wear crystals around your face, your eyes light up.”

“We are seeing sparkle everywhere,” says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion director. “And now, women wear sparkle more than one or two times a year. It's a look that you see in both daytime and evening wear. Women are getting more longevity out of sparkle pieces, and they will even wear an embellished top with a pair of jeans, which creates a high-low mix in a modern way.”

Choose your sparkle based on your personal style and self-expression, he says.

Sparkle has even ventured into lip colors and eye shadows. Let the sparkle be the focal point of your outfit, Andrews says. If you are covered in sparkle, it loses its definition, Andrews says, because the person looking at you doesn't know where to look.

“We all know that New Year's Eve gives you a license to be spectacular. It's your time to shine … literally. And you can do it, and no one will question you,” he says.

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