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Adding Sparkle to Shine

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Posted on July 01 2011

While solids and little black dresses can look great on their own, at night sometimes you need the right dose of sparkle to really shine. The key is to incorporate the right amount into your look without looking like a disco ball—or competing with those Fourth of July fireworks. The conventional wisdom (CW) that you should always take one accessory off before leaving the house after dressing up should be changed to this: only wear one accessory with sparkle before leaving home. That is, unless you are a diva who lives for being over the top! In a case of what not to do, one fashion victim was recently sighted on the Las Vegas strip wearing a silver sequined top with a gold rhinestone clutch and shoes, along with metallic leggings. She certainly stood out—but for all the wrong reasons. 
Just one piece of jewelry can be enough to make you sparkle, whether it is a pair of Shooting Star Chandelier earrings  or a glittering tiered cuff bracelet. Another route is to have a sparkly pair of pumps or platforms. You can dance all night in these Alisha Hill gold platforms. Classic rhinestone pumps will never go out of style . Or you could try a blingy bag. (This Nina Trendsetter clutch is the only accessory you need to make a statement with its over-the-top metallic fabric embellished with stones all over. )
For those of you who want your dress to sparkle, it doesn’t get classier than this gorgeous long gown from BG Haute that will have you going platinum as its embroidered sequins in your personal style hall of fame. A sequined gown may seem relatively pricey due to the work it takes to produce the luxe fabric, but it will never go out of style, holds up forever, and will always give what it takes to make a standout statement at any evening event. For a shorter, flirty take on sparkle, this silvery sequin party dress from Scala will have you covered—wear it with black or solid silver shoes.
 
Instead of pairing silver-toned jewelry with a silver dress, which could result in an overly blinged out look, take a look at the newer jewelry trend toward dark stones, as in these black and gray chandeliers. They will still pack an accessories punch while not competing with your dress. Though sequins say sparkle like nothing else, adding just a touch of shine where it will accent your best assets also works. 

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