The holidays tend to scream sparkle, but if you’re more into discreet shine than full-on dazzle, rest assured there are plenty of ways to shine this party season without looking like you took a swim in a pool full of sequins. Look for pieces with shimmery hints that let you steal the spotlight in low-key style.
From muted metallic sweaters to ankle boots with just the right amount of bling, check out our roundup of softly glittering picks that don’t go overboard.
Skip the statement jewelry in favour of a sweater woven with subtle metallic threads. Pair it with a dressy pair of ankle-length trousers or a fit-and-flare skirt for the holiday season, then wear it with your favourite pair of jeans for the rest of winter. 29Secrets Pick: H&M Conscious Fine Knit Sweater.
An embellished heel adds an eye-catching element with major exit appeal. In other words, these bling-backed booties will look almost as good when you’re arriving as when you turn to leave. New Look Ankle Boot With Floral Embellished Heel, at ASOS.
A sequin-trimmed sweater offers a subtle alternative to all-over sparkle. We love that this cardigan can not only dress up your everyday looks but also temper your party attire thanks to its more casual khaki hue. 29Secrets Pick: J. Crew Harlow Cardigan.
If mega-sparkly statement earrings are not your thing, try a pair of slim hoop earrings with shiny glass beads for a toned-down take on the trend. 29Secrets Pick: Zara Sparkly Hoop Earrings.
Shimmer isn’t the only frill that can make a festive statement. Case in point? This clutch, which features a touch of sparkle in a supporting role as its feathered details take centre stage. 29Secrets Pick: Nine West Alma Feather Clutch.
Shiny side stripes elevate these easy-to-wear trousers while creating a leg-lengthening effect. Professional enough for the office yet polished enough for your holiday parties, these pants go effortlessly from day to night when you swap a white button-down and black pump for a diaphanous top and strappy heel. 29Secrets Pick: 1.State Metallic Stripe Pants, at Nordstrom.
Give your legs a glittery edge with a set of metallic tights. They’re just sparkly enough to elevate your go-to LBDs without taking you into disco-ball territory. 29Secrets Pick: Joe Fresh Metallic Tights.