So this is my first Bloggers Do It Better post and I am so excited about it! The assignment was sequins and I thought it would be easy… I am always drawn to sparkly and shiny pieces but I didn’t think I actually owned that many. Going through my closet I found sequin tank tops, shirts, skirts, dresses, shoes, clutches and pieces embellished with sequins. I didn’t know what to do! Then I found my red sequin top that I bought from Peacocks in the UK when I studied abroad at one semester when I was in college at Swansea University in Swansea, Wales. I remember buying it for a certain event, but besides that and a couple other times, I haven’t worn it much. I did wear it over Christmas break, but just to run errands before church on Christmas Eve…. so when I saw it hanging in my closet I knew I wanted to work around this piece. Since I knew the day would be Friday, I decided to glam it up for a night out. Although I would never wear this exact outfit to work (mostly due to the length and tightness of the skirt), I have casual Fridays at work, so I could wear the shirt and blazer with jeans to work and then change into the skirt and pumps for the night! I decided to pair the sequins with a pattern, going for my striped mini and throwing on a blazer (my favorite go-to to make something more dressy). With a few more accessories, including my sparkly black pumps, I was happy with the result! Happy Friday everyone, I hope the first week of the New Year treated you well!
Sequin Shirt, Peacocks; Striped Mini, Forever 21; Blazer, Express; Earrings, Macys; Black Tights, Target; Sparkly Black Shoes, endless.com; Black Sequin Clutch, Forever 21; Pearl Bracelets, Vintage; Black Bracelet, Kohls; Cocktail Ring, Gifted
$25 – wetseal.com
$40 – tillys.com
£27 – net-a-porter.com
$15 – modcloth.com
$40 – modcloth.com
$36 – jcpenney.com
£9.25 – topshop.com
$16 – 1928.com
$24 – nordstrom.com
“DO” the LOOK
Black Blazer: *INVESTMENT PIECE* I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… if you don’t have a black blazer in your wardrobe, get one ASAP! They are so many out there that you can get for a great price and it is the most versatile piece that helps dress up any outfit and looks great with even the dressiest dresses. Here it helped dress up the simplicity of a striped mini and helped blend the whole outfit together.
Sequin Shirt: Pretty much any type of sequin shirt or tank top of any color, whether fully sequins or embellished works here. A shimmer metallic top would also work to get this overall look.
Striped Mini: The main look here was pairing sequins with a pattern, so if you don’t have stripes, maybe try another plainer pattern or if your sequined top is a neutral or dark color, pairing with a vibrant bright patterned skirt or pants could really liven up the outfit and create the same effect.
Sparkly Black Pumps: I wanted to keep the sparkle of the outfit going from head to toe, but any basic tall pump would work. I would stick with a pretty basic pair because there is a lot going on throughout the rest of the outfit or a basic pair of opened toed pumps would work as well.
Black Tights: I am wearing them because even though the weather has been nicer here than normal, I still get chilly! Bare legs or another color (especially if you have a neutral colored sequin top) would be great. For example, if you have a black or gray sequin top, pairing it with a striped or neutral patterned skirt and burgundy or bright fuchsia tights would look great.
Black Sequin Clutch: I wanted to incorporate sequins a couple places since I found so many of them in my closet, but any solid colored clutch or handbag would be a great pairing with this outfit.
Fashion By AliciaJanuary 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM
That is such a fun look. That top is great and I love how your accessories also sparkle.
RachelJanuary 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM
Thanks Alicia! I definitely wanted to do something fun 🙂 I appreciate your comment!
KimberleeJanuary 6, 2012 at 6:20 PM
Great look! Red and sequins are a very festive combo 🙂
RachelJanuary 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM
Thanks Kimberlee for visiting my blog and the nice comment!
ValeJanuary 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM
Looking really pretty <3 I like how you styled that outfit so much ! I am a big fan of blazers and also opaque tights ! Kisses
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RachelJanuary 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM
Thanks Vale! I agree that blazers and opaque tights are awesome! 🙂
Megan, The Frugalista DiariesJanuary 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I love a good stripe and sequin pairing!
Tasia of Ruffles & SequinsJanuary 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM
Fabulous outfit! I’m adoring your sequin top – such a statement item 🙂
Thanks for visiting my blog <3
HarijaJanuary 7, 2012 at 3:33 PM
love your outfit & Happy New Year 2012!
Neat post and love your blog… would you like to follow each other!
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RachelJanuary 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM
Thank you Harija for the sweet comment! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog! Happy New Year to you!
MaeJanuary 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM
VIsiting from BDIB…your outfit is perfect!
The red sequins, the b&w stripes…I love it all!
have a wonderful weekend!
RachelJanuary 9, 2012 at 5:52 PM
Thanks Mae! I was so excited to join BDIB for the first time, it was a lot of fun. Hope you had a great weekend!
StephanieJanuary 8, 2012 at 4:59 AM
I love your look. So cute how you paired an awesome striking color like red w/ a cute striped mini and those sequined heels….awesome! 🙂
RachelJanuary 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM
Thank you Stephanie 🙂 It was my first attempt pairing sequins and stripes together, and I definitely wanted to add some color! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
ThuJanuary 8, 2012 at 6:51 AM
You looks gorgeous, I love your stripe skirt!
I had a lot of fun joining you ladies for my first BDIB challenge 😉
Happy New Year!
SamanthaJanuary 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM
Rachel, I love the way you paired the red, sequins, and stripes! And super fun heels! <3
Thanks so much for the sweet words on my blog!
The Fashionable ESQJanuary 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM
Super cute look. Love the striped skirt and the glittery top!
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RachelJanuary 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM
Thanks so much! 🙂
My Greatest HitsJanuary 9, 2012 at 4:34 PM
Visiting from BDIB – this is such a stunning outfit! I love the combinations of stripes and sparkles!
Pretty, Polished, Perfect.January 13, 2012 at 4:18 AM
Loved this post and I loved the red top with sequins! #BDIB
EllieJanuary 15, 2012 at 3:46 AM
Gorgeous outfit 🙂 xx
The Leather SkirtFebruary 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Another wonderful look!!!
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