HOW TO SPARKLE WITHOUT LOOKING TACKY

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5-4-3-2-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s the Season to bring out the sparkle and shine bright like a diamond. But, how to style a stunning sequined outfit without looking like a prom queen? Don’t worry, we have you covered. No matter what your age or taste, there is no need to shy away from the holidays’ favorite clothing pattern. Take a look at our favorite ways to fashion your favorite sequined items that will have you standing out in style this New Year.

TEXTURED PATTERNS

Taking a tip from the Paris runways this year, look for sequins laid out in intricate patterns and shapes. From floral to geometric to stripes to polka dots, you are sure to find a sparkling dress to suit your style. The interesting patterns diffuse the brightness of the sequins, giving you a holiday glow without too much glitz. We like Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequin dress with plain black back panel paired perfectly with black tights and Topshop’s black cage sandal. Or, go with the “Bianca” two toned blue and black sequined cocktail dress from Hale Bob accessorized with Vince Camuto’s simple yet elegant black ankle strap heels and matching textured sequined clutch from Badgley Mischka. Let your party style show through in an elegant patterned sequin piece this Season.

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MOVEMENT IS KEY

Fashion’s been loosening up this Season, so look for pieces that have longer hemlines and are farther away from the body to tone down  sequin’s glare. Flow prevents the shininess from looking too “clubby” and updates the look to fit 2016 fashion trends. Opt for Tracy Reece’s gold flared skirt paired with a black cashmere sweater for a cozy fit. Sweep your hair into a low chignon and accessorized with strappy pumps from Calvin Klein and a black envelope clutch from Rebecca Minkoff and you are ready to dance the night away.

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Spruce up your LBD this Season with a loose fitting, swingy sequin jacket. We like Hale Bob’s black sequined cropped jacket paired with your favorite “go to” little black dress. Or, shop your favorite black dress at our online store. Whether you prefer an “A” line shape like the ponte and lace dress, lace like the black embroidered mesh long sleeve, sequins like the black long sleeve, or maxi like the solid black jersey halter, we’ve got a fit and style to suit just you. Skirt, jacket, pants, or dress. Opt for a flowy sequined look this New Years.

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MIXED MEDIA

When styling sparkle, think opposites. Tone down shiny sequins with fluffy fur, matte wool, or nubby knit. Pair your sequined pants or skirt with a cozy black or festive red rabbit fur vest from Hale Bob. Or, go with Hale Bob’s ivory embossed faux fur jacket layered over a black studded silk tank top and this Season’s popular 70’s inspired gold sequined flare pants.

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No time to prepare for your holiday party or event? No sweat. Grab a pair of sequined skinny pants like Diesel’s sparkling silver and pair with your favorite snug holiday wool sweater or knit jacket. We like the black “mixed media” fur sleeve pullover sweatshirt from Liberty Garden or go “athlesiure” in an ivory long sleeve menswear sweatshirt paired with comfy ballerina flats or black suede tasseled loafers from Stuart Weitzman. Whichever way you choose to style your sequins, tone down your bright sparkles with “mixed media” material mixing this Season.

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ATHLEISURE

Speaking of “athleisure,” what better time to try one of this Season’s trendiest styles than in the New Year. This year, try mixing sequins with your favorite wide leg pants, comfy leggings, or denim jeans. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s wide leg relaxed Dylan cropped jeans or Joe’s Jeans rolled classic cropped denim and pair with a sparkling gold sequined long sleeve top from Zadig and Voltaire, accessorized with contrasting silver heels from Aquazzura and a fur clutch from Alexander Wang for perfect party style. Sparkles don’t always have to be formal. Try wearing your favorite sequined top during the week, paired with Hale Bob’s ivory suede trimmed pencil skirt and ankle booties, or layer over Liberty Garden’s grey quilted jogger pants and high top sneakers for daytime glam. Dressy or casual. Sequined items can fit into every part of your New Year’s plans and events.

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UNCONVENTIONAL BEAUTY

Toss your stilettos aside and think out of the box this Season. Accessorize your sequins with your favorite everyday items like ballerina flats, button down cardigans, cable knit sweaters, and chunky ankle booties. Stand out in style by toning down “over-the-top-glitter” with classic fashion pieces YOU like. Start with Diane von Furstenberg’s A-line sequined skirt paired with a cozy wool button up sweater from Acne Studios or Hale Bob’s unique fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater accessorized with Tory Burch classic leather ballerina flats and timeless gold watch from Michael Kors.

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Rock another “unconventional” look and spice up your style with Hale Bob’s gold floral sequin dress paired with chunky black leather ankle boots from Rag & Bone, iconic round sunglasses from The Row, and a black leather jacket from Sam Edelman for a contemporary, edgy look that will make you stand out from among the rest this Season. When accessorizing sequins, go beyond the “tried and true” and pick items that stand out to you and reveal your inner “diva.”

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HEAD-TO-TOE SHINE

And finally, don’t be afraid to shine in glitter from head-to-toe this Season. The key to not looking like a 70’s disco ball is to choose darker colored sequined outfits and to complement your style with color matching accessories for a sleek, streamlined look. We like Hale Bob’s black sleeveless sequined cocktail dress paired with classic Christian Louboutin black pumps accentuated with a delicate black clutch and drop earrings from Givenchy.  Go”winter white” in Hale Bob’s ivory sequined cocktail dress with high low hem matched perfectly with Badgley Mischka’s embellished ivory open toed heels . Or, step into 2015’s top color choice for Fall/Winter in a “Marsala” colored sequin dress from Dress the Population with matching ankle strap heels in lush velvet from Stuart Weitzman. Whichever color suits your fancy, you are sure to sparkle without looking too tacky in head-to-toe matching fashion pieces this Season.

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Textured, mixed media, monochromatic, or accessorized with your favorite fur or leather jacket, there are many ways to fashion your sequined outfit without too looking tacky. Don’t let your dress outshine you this Season. Take our tips listed above and let your inner beauty match the fashion you wear on the outside. You are sure to turn heads at your next cocktail party or evening out on the town. Start the year anew and let the real you shine through. And if you need a little help with that extra “sparkle,” shop our extensive line of sequined pieces available NOW at Posh at Play. We wish you a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE AFFAIR

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 4.32.47 PM Have you ever wondered why when you see the color white an overwhelming feeling of calm and relaxation washes over you?  Research has proven that colors have a profound impact on how you feel.  It was thought a long time ago that white was the absence of color, but it’s actually the opposite.  Thanks to Sir Isaac Newton we have the correct info.  The color white is actually a combination of all the colors of the visible spectrum. White has come to symbolize peace, purity, innocence, honesty, cleanliness, fresh starts, perfection, modernism and sophistication.   It can give you a different feeling in the way that it’s used.  For example, if used with casual cotton clothing or on canvas furniture you would get a relaxed, casual feel but if used with a leather jacket or white tufted modern couches you would get a more contemporary modern feel. Anytime I walk into Pottery Barn and see a cushy oversized white couch, I just have an urge to lay down, prop up my feet, grab a good book and a blanket and relax.  Of course, I don’t do this, I’m pretty sure Pottery Barn won’t be too happy with me.  People that tend to be drawn to this color usually long for a simpler and more relaxing existence.  With today’s crazy fast paced world, I can see why white décor has become the latest trend.  Maybe it’s our way of slowing down, sitting back and smelling the roses.

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The ever so popular White Party has been held annually for decades.  The décor is white, crisp, fresh, classy and the party has events all day preceding up to the big event at night—One Blowout Bash with plenty of food, celebrities and entertainment.  It’s one of the most anticipated events of the year, where the elite show off their newest white clothes, drink champagne and mingle with the wealthy.  These types of parties have become so popular they are now held in places such as Chicago, Alabama and Canada.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 4.35.11 PMWe love this dress Kerry Washington is wearing.  She looks elegant and classy in this White Evening Gown. http://www.pinterest.com/poshatplay/white-affair/

White ShortsSEQUIN EMBROIDERED WHITE SHORTS

Breeze into summer with these super chic white shorts.  Combined with cotton and sateen and embellished with gold sequins, these shorts will have you bringing in the summer season in style.  Pair this with the Ambrosia Pump by Racheal Zoe to complete this look.

Silk Cargo Pants WHITE SILK CARGO PANTS

This is a must-have this season.  These white silk charmeuse cargo pants are polished yet comfortable.  You can dress these up with a pair of heels or down with your favorite Tory Burch sandals.  Pair this with our Ivory Braided Chain Silk Cami to complete this look.

White Knit DressBEADED KNIT BLOUSON WHITE KNIT DRESS

Heat up the season in this sizzling white jersey knit dress.  With its beaded detail and sliced envelope sleeves, this white dress offers a fresh new take on your summer wardrobe.  For an instant pretty, pair this with Michael Kors Mallory City Sandal.

Wide Leg White Pants“CAMDEN” WIDE LEG WHITE PANTS

Love these White Lace Pants.  They are sophisticated and sexy with their contrast piping and lace detail.  Pair this with our Silk Charmeuse Lace Cami to get this look.

Hi Low SkirtWHITE SATIN HI LOW SKIRT

This white skirt is pretty, fun, free-spirited and perfect for any summer occasion.  It’s incredibly versatile and can be worn for a night on the town or for a casual day at the beach. This twirl worthy skirt is sure to become one of your summer favorites. Pair with our Pink Jersey Knit Halter Top to complete this look.

White VestSTUDDED HIGH-LOW WHITE VEST

Done in poly satin, this stylish layering piece is draped to perfection. With its high low hem and studded detail neckline,  this vest gives you an edgy-meets-feminine look.  Pair with our Skinny Hudson Jeans and the Krandie Bootie by Vince Camuto to complete an edgy look. 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Boho chic is popping up in mainstream fashion everywhere you look. This free spirited, carefree and simple lifestyle is catching the eye of women of all ages. From celebrities to street goers, you run into this bohemian vibe everywhere from weddings to the workplace. For a 200-year-old fashion statement, it has been an incredibly popular way for people to express their own carefree energy, it’s been seen by many as an exotic alternative to mainstream clothing. The Bohemian style has a certain exotic and feminine appeal to it that is characterized by long maxi skirts, loose fitting blouses, an armful of bangles and long flowing tousled hair. Also very popular staples of the boho chic vibe are feathers, leather sandals and belts. To truly live the Bohemian lifestyle there are a few must-haves, the first is the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, second is Manu Dibango on iTunes and third is a cool pad with lots of floor cushions and rugs. So if you want to embrace the boho vibe, go get out your sunflower headbands, chunky bracelets, loose shirts and have fun.

Ivory Maxi Dress

 CROCHETED COTTON IVORY MAXI DRESS

This loose fitting, earthy, Bohemian-inspired ivory maxi dress is embellished with beaded and crochet detailing. Combined with style and comfort, this dress is sure to become your favorite. Pair this with the LUCAS FLAT SANDAL by Tori Burch to complete the look. 

Long Sleeve Silk Tunic SATIN BURNOUT LONG SLEEVE SILK TUNIC

Kick your look up a notch in this Long Sleeve Silk Tunic. This embellished tunic is truly breathtaking with its bright colors and unique style. Pair this with our Sateen White Skinny Pants and Michael Kors Hara Bow-Detail Thong Sandals to get this boho chic look.

Cabana Tie Dye Skirt

NEUTRAL “MAI TAI” CABANA TIE DYE SKIRT

Bring back the 60’s with this Cabana Tie Dye Skirt. This skirt is fun and flirty with its stunning ombre color scheme. Pair with a wide-brim hat and New York ‘Amaras’ Sunglasses by Kate Spade to dive back into the past! 

Silk Chiffon Blouse

“SUN KISSED FABULOUS” SILK CHIFFON BLOUSE 

Brighten up your day in this Silk Chiffon Blouse. With its eye-catching bold colors and beaded neckline, you’re sure to shine! For added flare, wear this with the 5-Stone Bangle by Ippolita

ARE YOU FEELING BLUE?

So are we, for blue jeans that is! Don’t you just love a great pair of jeans? The feeling of snuggling up in them, paired with your favorite oversized sweater during these cold winter months. On top of it, there are just so many options to choose from! You can choose from your favorite skinny jeans, black jeans, bootcut jeans, flare jeans, Hudson Jeans or those worn ‘n torn jeans at the back of your closet. The great thing about jeans is that they’re so versatile. You can dress them up with a pair of your favorite Coach Boots or you can dress them down with a pair of sandals. It’s hard to believe that these comfy articles that we grab for on a daily basis were made for farming and mining laborers back in the day. Thank goodness the hippies made them a fashion trend that we still wear today. Cropped Skinny Jeans

THOMPSON CROPPED SKINNY JEANS

It’s all about the cropped skinny jeans this spring. These cropped jeans are trendy, form fitting and comfortable.  Wear these with your favorite heels or go with a more casual look and wear them with Tory Burch Sandals. They are sure to be the must-have pair for the season.

White Skinny Jeans

HUDSON COLLIN WHITE SKINNY JEANS

Look effortlessly Chic in these White Skinny Jeans.  Hugging your curves with every move, these jeans are sure to get you noticed.  Pair these with our Melange Jersey Long Sleeve Black Turtleneck and the Fulton Quilted Ballerina Flats by Michael Kors to get a sophisticated look.

Black Skinny Jeans

ZOEY BLACK SKINNY JEANS

BLACK MAGIC! Nothing looks sexier than a pair of Black Skinny Jeans that fit like a second skin. They are sleek, modern and on trend right now with their ankle length slim fit.  Pair these with the Lanice Evening Sandals By Coach to get this look.

Hudson Jeans

BETH BABY BOOT SKINNY HUDSON JEANS

These Hudson Jeans are extremely versatile with their skinny and boot-cut blended style. Try pairing this with our Chiffon Silk Tops for a more tropical look.

Dark Wash Straight Leg Jeans

AVA DARK WASH STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

Our Dark Wash Straight Leg Jeans fit like a glove. With their slightly distressed style and figure flattering fit, these straight leg jeans are sure to be a season must have. Try our jeans with the Neutral Boho Posh Button Sweater and a pair of Steve Madden ‘Chik’ Knee High Boots  to get an edgy look.

CABANA COUTURE

Dreaming of a hot sunny destination already? So are we. Even though family gatherings, holiday parties, and festive foods are enjoyable, it’s always a relief when it is over. The anticipation is setting in as we book our travel destinations. Yes, we are talking about spring break ladies! It’s the time where we escape reality and venture off on cruises and go to exotic islands, making our co-workers and friends envious. This year, don’t be a green-eyed monster, jealous of the women who ALWAYS seem to look amazing in their tunic, maxi dress and maxi skirt. Try our Cabana Wear, which will guarantee to make you look like the beach beauties that you are. We have tantalizing tunic tops that’ll be sure to make all those beachgoers turn their heads.

Black Tunic

 “SECRET GARDEN” SILK EMBROIDERED KIMONO BLACK TUNIC TOP

A Splash of Beach Ready Glamour! This black tunic is stunningly gorgeous with its sheer fabric and silk embroidered detailing. As far as tunics go you don’t get more sophisticated than this. You can wear this to lounge by the pool at the country club or at the beach. Your pick! Pair this with the elegant Michael Kors Melodie Logo Thong Sandal to complete the look.

Navy Tunic

SILK VOILE NAVY TUNIC

This navy tunic top is destined to be a Beach Beauty Favorite. It’s composed of silk and cotton and has an embroidered and beaded detail to give you stylish comfort. This will be the tunic you’ll want to reach for every time you hit the beach. Pair this with Michael Kors Eliza Sunglasses for an eye-catching look.

Silk Tunic

“SWEET SENSATION” COTTON BLACK SILK TUNIC

Be stunning at the beach in this black silk tunic. This is the ultimate in sexy with its beaded neckline, sheer black fabric and voile schiffely long sleeves. Create a statement in this tunic.

Black Tunic

 FLORAL EYELET “INDIAN SUMMER” BLACK TUNIC

This black tunic top has floral eyelet sleeves with beading detail to create a fun and flirty look. You can wear this with shorts for a day out or pair this with our Hudson Jeans and heels for a night on the town. Try Caviar Eye Liner by Laura Mercier to get this smokey eye look.

Cotton Maxi Dress

IVORY “LIVIN EASY” COTTON MAXI DRESS

Get this Boho look in this cotton Maxi Dress. This is an easy ready to wear summer dress that is sure to make a splash. Whether you’re enjoying the day in Big Sur or at Malibu, you’re sure to be California Casual in this trendy maxi dress. Try pairing this with Ippolitas Wonderland-Rainbow Hinged Bangle Bracelets for added flare.

Tie Dye Maxi Skirt

NEUTRAL  “MAI TAI” CABANA TIE DYE MAXI SKIRT

Be Bohemian Chic in this Tie Dye Maxi Skirt. This is a flowing lightweight skirt composed of cotton and spandex. You can throw this on with a tank top or short sleeve tee and pair this with your favorite sandals. This maxi skirt will soon become one of your favorites.  Try one of our Cabana Wear Stylish Outfits this Summer.