A little bit of sparkle – weekly wishlist

Yes, we know it’s only November, but we’re already seeing the party invites start to pop through our letterbox. So, it’s time for a little bit of sparkle!

We love the festive season for many reasons, but the biggest one of all? That we can indulge our inner fairy princess and add sparkle to whatever we wear. Shoes, handbags, dresses, T-shirts, trousers, you name it, we’ll sparkle it!

Glitter, sequins, metallic fabrics  – all the sparkle we will ever need. If you want to start wearing your sparkle now, we salute you – be subtle with it, perhaps just the odd sequinned T-shirt, or some bling on your sandals. Then work your way up to full on sparkle come December – and there’s nothing more full-on than French Connection’s amazing sequinned flared trousers (£130). How cool?

Wit the weather we’ve been having of late, H&M’s glittery storm motif T-shirt is a musthave (£14.99). Other fab sequinned tops come from J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams – full sequins, or maybe just sequin panels down the front is more your style, like this lovely Betty Jackson Black @ Debenhams chiffon top (£45). But we absolutely adore New Look’s black and autumnal ombre sequinned top (£32.99).

Little bit of Sparkle - weekly wishlistNew Look’s bandeau top (£22.99) and pencil skirt (£27.99) two piece is sparkle perfection for your festive party. Also at New Look, the very non-subtle, statement silver glitter platform shoes (£34.99)! Do you dare?

If not, then perhaps just a pair of black sandals with diamante trim down the front (£34.99)? New Look’s silver jacquard dress (£34.99) is sure to unleash your inner Elsa? Snow Queens are us!

Also in the Snow Queen style, French Connection’s feather and sparkle cape (£180) – utterly beautiful, and perfect to add a touch of sparkle to skinny jeans and a vest.

Finally, a cute black lace and glittery perfume bottle shape handbag (£35, Faith @ Debenhams) is festive perfection!

Strictly Style

It’s the Strictly Come Dancing Final this Saturday (December 20, 630pm, BBC1), so we can expect a glittery, sparkling affair.  Who cares who wins (okay, I know a lot of you do), I just want an excuse to wax lyrical about glittery and sparkly Strictly style!

Caroline Flack, Mark Wright, Simon Webbe, and Frankie Bridge will battle it out on the dancefloor. But what will they be wearing?!

Who doesn’t love the costumes on Strictly as much as the dancing? Now, we’re not suggesting you head off to a Christmas bash in an outfit made out of two pieces of sequinned fabric held together with some beading. That may not go down well with Auntie Betty on Christmas Day either…

But, why not take inspiration from Strictly, and ramp up the beading, fringing, sequins and more this festive period. If you can’t get away with it at this time of year, well, we all might as well just give up.

Here’s my Dirty Dozen (dance-inspired pun there…sorry) Strictly-inspired pieces that should waltz their way into your festive wardrobe.

First up, it’s those gorgeous green sequin trousers from French Connection that we have featured more than once before on this very blog. And they’re now reduced from £140 to £70! We must have them. Keep your strictly style casual with this brilliant sequinned RSVP sweater, also from French Connection (£90). If you want proper shimmery Strictly style, New Look’s cute little pink dress (£29.99) is perfect.

strictly style four Sequinned shoes? Why not! Get Strictly style from head to toe with pink New Look sequin shoes (£24.99). But if you want things a bit more sequins-on-the-downlow sort of Strictly style, but still want to join in, then this sequin trimmed kimono from BHS (£25) is perfect.

Go all out for sequin glamour in Debut @ Debenhams full-length evening dress (£180).

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It would be easy to dance the night away in H&M’s black sequin playsuit (£49.99), agreed? Or maybe a pair of cute sequin shorts (£12, H&M) and a contrasting or clashing sequin top (£115, French Connection) would be more your dancing thing?

strictly style sequins threeBetty Jackson Black for Debenhams’ green pencil skirt (£85) is shimmery and sexy Strictly style. If you prefer something looser and freer, then H&M’s tunic style gold and black dress (£20.99) is it. You could easily show off your Strictly style – dance-wise – in this! Finally, we’ve come over all Flashdance with 80s inspired sparkly joggers (£29.95, GAP) – what else?!

strictly style sequins twoPlease note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction