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Jewels of Winter

Occasion: Holiday Party
Dress Code: Festive Business Casual
Outdoor Temps: 63°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Valery jeweled lace top (sample sale), Sugarpaper fau suede culottes (Sugarpaper), Theory crinkled wool blazer (flea market), Stuart Weitzman "Semi" OTK boots, bronze camo crossbody (gift from BFF, purchased downtown).

A while back, I posted about some awesome scores I found at the Downtown Los Angeles Last-Friday sample sales – and one of those items was this ink blue lace top adorned with smoky gem stones! I love everything about this top, from the fit to the non-itchy fabric to the nude-but-better color of its bedazzling… and I’m extra excited to start wearing it out and about. All. The. Time. 

While bling of this size and scale is usually reserved for cocktail hour and holiday parties, there are always a few tricks up my sleeve to tone things down and work more sparkle into daily life (blame it on my Lithuanian heritage, but I certainly am drawn to shiny baubles):

  • Mundane toppers – it’s easy to tone down a fancy top with an everyday third piece like a denim jacket or my crinkled blazer.
  • Dull, rough, or distressed textures – another way to balance out sparkle and shine is by using something totally the opposite. You can wear your shine with suede, like I did, or you might try faded denim, ripped denim, chinos, or army twill.
  • Sober neutrals – piling bling on top of lots of bright color can feel too over-the-top for a normal day. If your jewels feel too loud, try pairing them up with black, gray, navy, taupe or chocolate brown.
  • Conservative cuts – if you are working a strong statement into a workaday look, it will go easier if you stick to one strong statement at a time. Avoid competing embellishments such as bows, ruffles, pleats, beading, embroidery, etc.

Are you sneaking some bling into your workday this holiday season? Why not give it a try and get a little more wear out of those special pieces that make you feel amazing? It will help you get more of a return on your investment and also make the holidays seem to last a little longer.