Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Sprinkle of Sparkle and Shimmer

Style Theory: Tis the season to add a little sparkle and shimmer to your wardrobe....
Jumper and Leggings: H&M
Coat: Zara
It is only November so without going overboard I have looked at ways you can weave a little sparkle into your day wardrobe or add a little shimmer to an evening look. Here are a few day time looks from the Streetstylers to show you how it is done...



Images above via Pinterest
So it is possible to add a little winter sparkle to your outfits without looking like a Christmas decoration, the key is to play down the rest of our outfit.

SPARKLY JUMPERS: When wearing a sparkly jumper keep your bottom half low-key, ie: wear with a pair of distressed jeans (I still love boyfriend jeans) and trainers.
For an evening look wear your sparkly jumper with a pair of black or blue skinny jeans and non-sparkly heels (I like leopard heels that clash with the sparkle). Looks fab with a long camel or black coat thrown over the top. Keep jewellery to a minimum, fine gold jewellery works well, let the sparkly details on the jumper do the talking...

Here are a selection of sparkly jumpers available on the high street now:
Boden Embellished Sweater £99
A very subtle nod to sparkle, this Boden sweater is definitely not relegated to Christmas wear only. Wear for a christmas eve out with ankle length skinny black jeans and a pair of black courts for a stylish, sophisticated look. I would buy a size or so bigger so it is a slouchy look rather than tight.
Boden Sequinned Jumper £279
So stunning, soooo expensive, I thought I would add this as it is a gorgeous sweater but just on the highly expensive side!
Boden Embellished Collar Jumper £99
This jumper looks fab on, wear it at christmas with full-on gold sequin or embellished skirt and before and after christmas with your jeans a trainers for a chic and laid back look.
Topshop Necklace Jumper £46
A great basic sweater with a gorgeous sparkly detail around the neck. Again I would think about going with a bigger size rather than smaller as this will look lovely with jeans and looks better slightly slouchy-ish with a tulle skirt for a Christmas 'wow' look!
Topshop Scatter Necklace Jumper £46
Topshop Double Embellished Jumper £46
Zara Sequin Applique Sweater £45.99
Subtle sparkly jumpers can be worn through Spring too...

Warehouse Star Bead Jumper £42
Wear with a pair of leather leggings or leather skirt and pointed black shoeboots.
Now for a look at sparkly trousers and skirts. When wearing these keep your top simple, think chunky jumpers (if you go somewhere where you will not overheat) or marl grey t-shirts or try Uniqlo for some great fine, merino jumpers that look great on but are not as warm as wooly knits. I love sparkly trousers with white trainers particularly Stan Smith trainers, it just takes a little bit of bravery to wear this look out in the day but try it, it  works!!
H&M Trousers £29.99
Ankle length trousers, wear now with a cream chunky sweater and trainers and wear for Christmas with a black fine knit and high black/leopard print heels.
Next Black Shimmer Harem Trousers £26
Again, I would wear these with a fine black sweater and heels for a cool look.

Topshop Quilted Metallic Joggers £35
Only for the brave, I saw these in Topshop yesterday and they are quite striking. Will try them on when I am next in and let you know what they are like on.


Next Midi Skirt £45
Wear with a fine merino sweater and black heels..
French Connection £120
Wear this with a chunky black sweater and knee high boots for a stunning lunch look..
H&M Skirt £24.99
Very similar to Alexa Chung's skirt above in the streetstyle images, like Alexa wear with a grey chunky knit and black heels.
H&M Embellished Skirt £49.99
Love this skirt, looks great with knee high boots and a black sweater, chic and sleek.
H&M Skirt £24.99
Not so subtle but a really stunning skirt, would look great with a chunky black sweater, black opaques and shoe boots.

I was shopping in town looking for shimmer and sparkle inspiration. This Sadie Williams collection for &Other Stories really stood out. I adore this dress and skirt..it mostly sold out online but available in small sizes in-store in Oxford Street (the skirt was a size 8 and if I hadn't eaten so many mince pies over the last couple of weeks I would have bought it, it was just too tight across my ever expanding tummy..I still may go back for it as it was a stand out item)
Skirt £95 (I think)
Dress £125 (I think?!)
Trying out the double jumper look following Stella McCartney's gorgeous knitwear for AW14..
Roll Neck Sweater: Mango
Sweater over shoulders: Zara
Leggings: Zara
Skate Shoes: Primark

Just a little dip into all things Shimmery and Sparkly today..more full-on Christmas looks coming up on the blog later this month including my top 10 christmas dresses. Also some cheap and cheerful Christmas home ideas...all coming soon..

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, have you indulged in a little sparkle yet? Until next time, Frances xxx


  1. I just adore the picture of you on Scotland with your gold sparkly pants, hunters and a parka .... Just fabulous Francis!! I like a sarkle skirt with a knit or shirt and the next midi one you have featured has caught me eye. The &otherstories pieces really look amazing on you. Look forward to your next posts!! X

  2. Loved your pic on insta with the lake, sparkly leggings & jumper. Gorgeous! I'm keeping an eye on the mint version of that Boden jumper.

  3. Oooohhhh I love sequins so LOVE this post!
    So many gorgeous items though I have completely fallen for that &otherstories skirt you tried on!! Stunning!!


  4. Loving the party pants on you Frances, they look ace dressed down with the Hunters and oversize sweater! xx

  5. Only you could manage to pull off a look of sequins and woollys in Scotland - so, so stylish! I also adore the & Other Stories skirt on you ... hope you manage to get it x x

  6. I agree with what Helen just said - how fab you looked in Scotland and also in that skirt. I've had my eye on the Next midi - just trying to justify buying a skirt I'm not sure I would wear that much - I just don't like getting my legs out in the winter! Apologies for the bad grammar - my brain is not engaged this week.

  7. I loved the photo of you in the sparkly leggings the first time I saw it and I still love it. Could I carry it off.....no! You look fabulous Fran x

  8. Ooohhhh. Love a bit of sparkle and you wear it so well, Frances. Some great picks here too. Lynne xx


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