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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

FASHION TRENDS FOR 2015

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As we ring in the New Year, it is time to start restocking our wardrobes and looking forward to Spring fashion. Designers have reinvented many style favorites that we know you will love. Take a peek at the fashions trending on the runways for 2015. We have collected our favorite trends here. Which trend will YOU be trying this year? Comment below. We’d love to hear from YOU.

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70’s STYLE

Groovy! The 70’s style jeans are back. While the skinny jeans are here to stay, this Season say hello to the 70’s flare jean for a new and trendy style. Pair flare medium wash jeans with a tucked in button down or fitted tank. Or go all out 70’s style by pairing with a fringe vest and gladiator sandals for the groovy good Spring. Go “far out” in the AC Collection medium wash flare jeans paired with a Michael Kors long fringe vest for some vintage 70’s style.

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BIG BOLD FLORALS

As Miranda Priestly says in Devil Wears Prada, “Florals for Spring….groundbreaking.” However, designers from Kate Spade to Carolina Herrera this Season are bringing us a new style of floral- big and bold patterns, some with appliqué flowers for a “3-D” effect as seen in the Michael Kors collection for Spring. This Season, look for big, bold flowers and floral patterning for skirts, dresses, and blouses. You can even place a large sunflower or daisy hair accessory around your ponytail or topknot for a fresh, bold style. Florals can also find their way into the workplace or business lunch with the midi floral skirt, a fun, yet sophisticated way to usher in the beauty of Springtime.

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MARSALA

Reminiscent of a luscious fine wine, Pantone has named “Marsala” the “it” color for 2015. From dresses, to pantsuits, to blouses, to lipstick, Marsala hit the runways big this Season from Victoria Beckham to Calvin Klein to Christian Dior. A cross between burgundy and a wine color, Marsala pairs easily with black or camel, or spice things up by pairing with a mustard yellow, electric blue, or forest green for a pop of color. Celebrities like Blake Lively and Iggy Azalea have already taken to the trend by dressing in Marsala from head to toe. Stay is style with Posh at Play’s own Hale Bob Marsala sweetheart jersey dress, short or full length. However you choose to style it, Marsala is definitely your “go to” color for 2015.

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BOHO FOR EVENING WEAR

With the arrival of the Music and Arts festivals, “Boho” is always in style for Spring. However, this Season, designers are not just reserving this style for the festivals and beaches, but are bringing the look to nighttime evening wear as well. To get the look, choose one of your favorite “Boho” maxi dresses from the great collection at Hale Bob, and pair with Jimmy Choo’s fun colorful “Visby” strappy heels and glittering jewelry for a hot summer night on the town. Be chic, be cool, be “Boho” this Season.

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OUT-OF-THE-ORDINARY ANIMAL PRINTS

In Fall 2014, leopard print was all the rage across runways and into stores, covering shoes, handbags, pants, skirts, and coats. This Season designers are choosing other types of animal prints, from snakeskin to tiger print to jellyfish to sea creatures, and mixing patterns together for a bold, wild look. We love all of the creative patterns seen on the Roberto Cavalli runways this Season. Choose your own “wild style” with the selection of chic Hale Bob “Cabana Wear” tunics and dresses in a variety of bold, tropical animal patterns, perfect for the beach, running errands, or dress it up for an evening out. For a chic “statement” dress, perfect for a picnic or day out on the town, we love Oscar de la Renta’s bright fuchsia dress with a mix of gingham and peacock feather patterning, combing two of this Season’s trendiest styles.

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SEXY GINGHAM

Gingham is no longer reserved for the little girls anymore. This Season designers give the “picnic” pattern an updated, “sexy” appeal. From Altuzarra to Diane Von Furstenberg, designers displayed the fun pattern on shorts, swingy skirts, pantsuits, and mini skirts. Take the summer sun with you to work or play with a gingham patterned outfit this Season, updated with a whole new, feminine silhouette, perfect for the new year. We love the Dolce & Gabbana sleek gingham cotton dress, perfect for the office or a ladies lunch out, or the chic Red Valentino gingham romper, perfect for a picnic or errands out and about. Put a little fun in your Spring and Summer wardrobe with gingham this Season.

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WHITE LACE

Calling all romantics! Lace is not just reserved for summer weddings anymore. White sheer lace was all over the runways this Season from Marchesa’s flowy dresses to Roberto Cavalli’s sheer lace blouses and vests to Alberta Ferretti’s lace skirts. We love Hale Bob’s silk chiffon lace blouse paired with floral shorts. Accessorize with Steve Madden’s knee-length gladiator sandals, trending for 2015, and Roberto Coin gold key necklace and an Elizabeth and James gold bracelet for a chic romantic touch for 2015. We also love BCBG’s “Anisa” short lace dress, Free People’s “Boho” styled lace swing dress, and Lela Rose’s button front A-line dress.

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ATHLEISURE

One of the newest trends this Season is mixing your workout wear with “on the go” fashion style. No need to change out of your sweats after your daily gym workout. Throw on a pair of sandals or chic heels and a fresh Tee and you are ready to hit the streets in style. We also love fashion brands like Uniqlo and Preen fashioning “gym”- styled designs ready for street wear. For a chic “athleisure” style, pair Velvet by Graham & Spencer black leather sweatpants with a Helmut Lang crisp white Tee. Accessorize with Christian Louboutin strappy heels or NEW Adidas Stan Smith wedge sneakers for “on the go” style.

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SHEER MIDI SKIRT

Sheer fabrics are a favorite trend this Season. From skirts at Michael Kors to blouses at Paul Smith to pants at Phillip Lim, sheer and see-through are all the rage this year. If you are feeling daring, go for wearing your prettiest lingerie and trunks underneath Spring’s sheer fabrics as seen on the runways and on the New York Fashion week streets. Or go for a just a touch of sheer with Hale Bob’s lace midi overskirt, paired perfectly with this Season’s trendiest style, a lace crop top from Nightcap Clothing and Fendi’s new leaf-back strappy sandals. For a casual look, pair your sheer skirt with an Alice + Olivia drop shoulder knit top and Stella McCartney lace up sandals for a chic, casual style.

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Spring into the New Year with the latest trends for 2015, fresh off the runway. Now is the time to get a head start on your fashion wardrobe for the New Season and start shopping all the latest trends. You can find many of these favorite 2015 trends at our online store Posh at Play for easy and quick shopping from the convenience of your own home. Step out in style, and start shopping today, filling your closet with fresh, new fashions for a fabulous chic you. Which Spring trends will YOU try this Season? Let us know your favorite style.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

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While everyone is focused on this week’s holiday, it is not too early to start thinking about the other big holiday right around the corner, New Year’s Eve. Whether you prefer hosting or attending, going out or staying in, big party or intimate, start planning your New Year’s Eve activities now. End the year making memories to last a lifetime and ring in the New Year with class, style, and panache.

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SEQUINED PARTY DRESS

Forgo the usual little black dress for New Year’s, and sparkle and shine in some “bling” this Season. Try sparkling sequins for a change of pace, perfect for New Year’s Eve. We love the great selection of Hale Bob sequined cocktail dresses, paired with chic Jimmy Choo heels for a sparkling holiday night.

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Or for a change of pace, go with gold sequined leggings paired with chic black pumps and a cream silk Hale Bob blouse. Either way, you are sure to shimmer and shine this New Year’s Eve in sequins.

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PARTY CART

If you are entertaining at home this New Year’s Eve, we love the fabulous idea of a rolling “bar” cart. Grab a cart from your local flea market or garage sale, and decorate with checkered paper to cover the trays. Next, fill your cart with an ice bucket, a selection of glasses, mixers, drinks, and small party horns to pass around to your party guests. A perfect solution to keep your guests partying all night long.

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LAST MINUTE DRINK IDEAS

Didn’t have time to prepare for New Year’s Eve? For an elegant and simple solution, grab ordinary champagne glasses and fill each with rock candy. Place glasses on elegant silver trays on the table for an elegant centerpiece as guests arrive. Just before midnight, fill glasses with champagne for the toast, and re-fill as needed after the toast. To select the perfect champagne for your party, see this easy to use champagne guide for the perfect brand of bubbly.

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For non-drinkers or children, a fun solution is to fill champagne glasses with cold frothy milk and top off with homemade cookies or gourmet cookies from Harry and David. New Year’s entertaining can still be fun and festive without all the stress and hard work.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE DECORATING

When thinking of decorating for New Year’s Eve, try fun and festive touches through the house, uncomplicated yet elegant. Collect your favorite gold and silver variety of candles on top of a silver tray and light for a glittering and cozy touch. Collect gold, silver, and black masquerade masks from your local costume store and fill into clear bowls. Add a collection of gold party horns and confetti poppers stored in glass goblets for your guests at midnight. You can even make your own custom confetti party poppers with this easy DIY party popper guide, filled with surprise candy.

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DATE NIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE

Reserve your spot NOW at your favorite restaurant spot for you and your date this New Year’s Eve for an intimate way to ring in the New Year. If the thought of being with a bunch of people seems overwhelming, grab your date and celebrate with a romantic dinner out. It can be as simple as dinner out, or look for New Year’s Eve celebrations complete with dinner, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Check out your city’s favorite New Year’s Eve spots at Gayot. Let someone else do all the work this New Year’s and relax your way into 2015.

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CITY CELEBRATION

If you are lucky enough to live in New York City, Times Square is THE place to be on New Year’s Eve with the Ball drop at midnight. Las Vegas also participates in city-wide activities with the Strip transformed into one big block party and a choreographed fireworks display at midnight. Check out great deals at Innkeeper Vegas. Most cities across the US celebrate New Year’s Eve with special events and activities. Check your local listings, gather friends and family, and celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night out on the town. Even if you do not want to go out on New Year’s Eve, plan a “Ball Drop Party,” invite friends and family, and gather around for a televised version of the midnight ball drop.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE HAIR

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to try something new and fresh for the coming New Year. Try our top three hairstyle pick’s popular this year. To get Diane Kruger’s chic ballerina bun, seen across the runways this Season, spritz hair with a shine spray like Kerastase. Sweep hair into a high ponytail at the crown, twist hair into a topknot, and secure in place with embellished jeweled hairpins. Complete the look with a spray of Bumble and Bumble holding spray. For Amanda Seyfried’s “classic Hollywood” sideswept waves, popular on the Red Carpet this year, set hair into hot rollers, tousle hair, and touch up with a curling iron. Complete the look with a spritz of TIGI Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray to last all night long. Finally, we love Taylor Swift’s embellished jeweled hair accessories. Try the great selection of hair jewels at Anthropologie or Nordstrom. Try something new this New Year’s and go for a new hairstyle look, sure to dazzle and shine.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE APPETIZER TRAY

If you are running out of time and are not sure what to serve your guests for New Year’s Eve, we’ve got the perfect solution. Grab a selection of your favorite chips and crackers, and serve them in style in a classic top hat. Serve a variety of different dips in martini glasses. Rather than rely on the basic ranch or bean dips, surprise your guests with new dips found at Caramel Potatoes. For a sweet tooth, also serve Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips with a sweet dip to satisfy everyone on your New Year’s Eve guest list.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE TABLE SETTING

Rather than dealing with the restaurant crowds, you might opt for a more formal dinner on New Year’s Eve at your home. We love this elegant yet festive table setting idea perfect for the celebration. Set your table with a white table cover, set with silver place settings, and a champagne bottle service as your centerpiece. Find easy to print “Clock Printables,” print, and insert on your silver chargers placing a clear glass plate on top for a stylish yet elegant New Year’s Eve table. Place a party horn and party popper at each setting for the big midnight toast and you are ready to celebrate in style.

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DIY NEW YEAR’S EVE GLITTER GIFT BOTTLES

For a simple yet glittering New Year’s Eve party favor or decoration, decorate your own mini-champagne bottles to give as gifts for your guests. With Mod Podge, finishing spray, and glitter, you’ll have the perfect New Year’s Eve gift for your guests. You can also decorate your champagne and wine bottles for a glittering and festive centerpiece or beverage table display. Follow the simple Glitter Champaign Bottle Tutorial and you’ll be ready to greet your guests with style.

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Whether you opt to stay in or party the night away, try some of our New Year’s Eve ideas and suggestions for this year’s celebration. Check out more creative ideas at our Pinterest Board New Year’s Eve. As you prepare for your New Year’s event, cherish the memories of the year and look forward to the new things to come. We thank you, our readers and followers, for the support and look forward to hearing more fashion ideas and tips from YOU in the coming year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Posh at Play!