Shine On: Holiday Fashion Trends That Glitter

By Sharon Mosley

November 12, 2019 4 min read

If there's ever a time to shine, it's during the holidays. It's the most shimmering time of the year! Think everything metallic and get your gleaming glamour on. Here's the brightest of the best holiday fashion to put on your shopping list.

Start with a metallic tank. This is a quick and easy hack to give your old separates some new, sparkly personality. Layered beneath a tailored jacket over flared pants, it's a dressed-up go-to for any party. Layered underneath a leather motorcycle jacket over skinny jeans, it's a more casual option.

Add a sequined blouse. If you want a glitzy piece that will stand on its own, try a colorful sequined blouse with a bow or a high neck. In a sparkly print, a blouse can easily up the glam factor with a pair of high-rise trousers or a shorter skirt and knee-high boots. Perfect for an office party or after-work cocktails.

Wear metallic leather. A short, bomber-style leather jacket is a fun way to update any holiday apparel. Silver and gold are favorite wear-with-everything combinations, but frosty pastel metallics are fast becoming the most fashion-forward color of the season. So, think pink!

Pull on sparkling pants — another quick update to basic black or jeans. Check out the new versions of slim pants with metallic threads woven into the fabric. High-waisted pants are rising in popularity and look great when paired with a tucked-in, high-neck blouse or turtleneck.

Dress it up. It's a one-step wonder: the holiday dress that's all shimmer and shine. In layered sheer fabrics and tinged with metallic threads, the silhouette of the season is a fit-and-flare look that accentuates the waist. Shift dresses are go-to classics. With special details like high-low hemlines, smocked waistbands and keyhole backs, these dresses are party-ready.

Jump into the season. Another easy one-step option is the metallic jumpsuit. Black has long been a holiday staple, but this year, glittering jumpsuits hit the party scene in sleek wide-legs, halter necks and keyhole backs. These jumpsuits are great to wear from desk to dinner when paired with a blazer or short jacket.

Get cozy in a metallic sweater. Warm up to the holidays in a sweater with gleaming threads woven into the knit. Whether it's a cardigan, a crew neck or a sleeveless turtleneck — or all three — this may be the easiest way to get your sparkle on, whether you're wearing velvet jeans or a sequined skirt. The metallic leopard print sweater is one of this season's hottest buys.

Don't forget metallic leggings. If you really want an edgy take on the shimmer trend, check out the slick look of animal print leggings. In faux leather snakeskin, they are subtle but trendy. Tights sparked with gold or silver are another way to get a leg up on the glitter glamour look.

Accessorize with metallics. From dangling chandelier earrings to chunky metal cuffs to glittering clutches and barely there sandals, there are plenty of ways to shine this holiday season ... even when you just want to relax and kick back in a pair of metallic leather sneakers. Now that's a real party treat.

 Metallics shine on for holiday parties. Scoop ombre zebra sweater and sequined skirt at Walmart.
Metallics shine on for holiday parties. Scoop ombre zebra sweater and sequined skirt at Walmart.

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