I love sparkly things; glittering jewels, sequins and embellishment. My eyes gravitate to anything that shines; I was definitely a magpie in a former life.
Now, sequins and all things glittering are typically associated with party season but you can wear them on a regular weekend without having to look like you are waiting for Christmas to come early. I first changed my mind about the "casual" sequin last year when I visited Paris with Penneys to view their Spring Summer 2014 collection and bought myself a chiffon and sequin embellished sweatshirt which I completely fell for. Like, seriously in love (more than I am with chocolate biscuits and Benedict Cumberbatch). The styling options are endless and thankfully, as we are officially in Autumn Winter, we can break out the glitter ball.
The catwalk is not devoid of embellishment, and if London based designer Ashish has anything to do with it, we'll be carrying glittering Tesco shopping bags and Coca-Cola cans everyday. But what he has pioneered, is the everyday look of embellishment.
The return of sports luxe and casual wear last season sparked a revolution on the high street to dress up our most routine outfits. Celebs like Jessie J and Ella Eyre are fans and inspire the Ashish-meets-affordable style.
You certainly don't have to wear the full look; break it up by styling the sweatshirt with black skinny, light denim boyfriend cut jeans or even coulottes. The skirt can be styled with jersey basic sweatshirts and tops to bring it into the more day to day category. Personally, I think I'd get a slouchy black t-shirt and oversize blazer and some ankle boots with this great skirt from Littlewoods Ireland.
Now we cannot forget the origin of the sparkly outfit which is the red carpet, so if you have an occasion to plan for, the high street has plenty of affordable options for you from October onwards. From full length to cocktail style dresses, look towards Dorothy Perkins, Marks and Spencer and an absolute show stopper from New Look!
What do you think of sequins and embellishment? Will you be wearing something sparkly this weekend?