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Last week we started a series of posts around the InStyle article 5 Ways to Wake Up Your Work Wardrobe! Today we are exploring the second tip and how it fits into the two worlds of fashion and furniture.
Tip #2: Experiment with Sparkle — Shine needn’t be sequestered to the evenings. Make sequined or metallic pieces boardroom-ready by pairing them with subdued shades or layering them under solid fabrics to tone down the bling factor.
I relied on my new found love of Zappos to quickly find some pieces that I think could work in a professional setting. Here’s what I found:
- This sparkle top comes in gold or ivory. I like the gold the best because it looks more neutral than metallic. I’d pair it with a black skirt and a plain black scarf or black chunky beads.
- I love this Betsey Johnson sparkle hinge cuff bracelet. A great accessory to add some bling to the basic black suit or a pretty print dress.
- Kate Spade’s Lots O’ Sparkle Tights come in black and red, for another accessory option to add just a little shimmer.
Under the don’t category, I advise against the UGG Classic Sparklers. If you have to have them, save them for non-work related events! (I’ll admit I once had a hat that matched the gold ones perfectly… but I never wore it to the office.)
I also noticed more shiny objects in the Drexel Heritage (Clairemont client) showroom at High Point Market last month. I especially liked this vignette (see photo) with an upholstered cocktail table that has just the right amount of shimmer in the fabric, topped off with over-sized diamond-like accessories. Just the right amount of bling.
What do you think about bling in the boardroom? How much is too much? How about the bedroom (or other rooms in your home for that matter)? Is a sequined pillow or sequined wallpaper more your style?