Time to shine

New Year’s may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your sparkling clothing. Stores are stocking up for spring, and one of the season’s top trends  glitters among the racks. Brighten up a drab winter day by adding sparkles, sequins, glitter and gem stones to your look.


When the weather is brutally chilly, an over-sized comfy sweater or sweatshirt is the perfect item to pull on with a pair of leggings. Add some flare by purchasing a top with sequined detailing, like this one from Lord and Taylor. Keep the rest of your look simple — don’t over accessorize.


For double “bling” (do people still say that word?), layer sequins on sequins. A sparkling sweater with a sparkly top underneath, like these tops from JCPenney, work well as the ultimate attention-getters for an evening out.


Sometimes subtlety is the answer, especially when adding sequins or glitter to your daytime look. Keep things simple by wearing an embellished tee underneath a nice warm sweater (perfect for these chilly winter days). This adds interest to an outfit, because when you go to work, school or the local coffee shop, you don’t want to dress the same as you would when venturing to a night club.


Another sparkling style hitting runways and shelves is this faux “collar” look, where sweaters and blouses had gemstone beading around the neckline, imitating the peter pan collar.


The best part about this style it dresses up your look in a major way, and like the Lord and Taylor top, eliminates the need for a necklace. This peplum top would look adorable layered under a lacy cardigan, with dressy pants and heels.


Shimmering patterns are also popular. Many tops feature rhinestones outlining geometric or floral looks, like this classy black tank from Macy’s.


Stripes are a classic. Take it to the next level with a sparkly striped clothing item, like this layering tank from Vanity, which combines glamorous sequins with feminine lace for a fabulous look.



Sparkling pastel and pale-colored tops and scarves are cute and feminine, reminiscent of springtime. Wear them on a snowy day for wishful thinking.



When you’re getting dressed up this season, sparkles are a must. Sequined or embellished dresses and skirts are an effortless way to look fabulous. Sparkles bring an update to the classic little black dress.





Pair a glittery black skirt, like this one from Rue 21, with black opaque tights to look cute and classy.


Another way to sparkle is with your accessories. A sequined clutch like these ones from The Limited are chic and cute.



If you’re looking to spice up a simple look, consider sporting sparkly footwear. Sequined ugg-style boots are good in the chilly weather, while glittery stilettos are cute with a plain dress and tights. It’s your time to shine, so try a new look to express yourself through fashion. This is your year, so take a chance with your style, and add more sparkle to your life. 

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