December 14, 2010

I Never Met a Sequin I Didn't Like



It's a sad thing to admit, but I think I've reached a point in my sartorial life where I'm facing a clear reality: I might have to actively halt myself from buying any more sequined pieces to add to my wardrobe. I'm not even talking about things that might be embellished with a sequin or paillette thrown here-or-there, I'm talking full-blown, sequin covered, dripping iridescence. I can't pin-point the beginning of my obsession, but I'd guess that, like most of my garmental downfalls, it relates back to my mother (like my weakness for ruffles, and bows, and all things black). This realization became all too transparent when I received two packages today, both containing sequined garments, (is it my fault that I found the perfect New Years Eve dress at ASOS, and it just happened to be glittering and jeweled?) Am I an avid collector, (or more horrifyingly, a hoarder)?

Though I've been wearing sequins since childhood (a point which my mom likes to stress, lest anyone assert she's just following trends rather than setting them... albeit 20-years before they are again relevant), the point at which I officially turned fashion-victim-gone-mad-for-sequins would have to be when I first spotted Proenza Schouler's sequined collection for Fall 2008. I literally stalked the navy blue tee-shirt, with its bits of tulle peaking out from the bottom hem and the sleeves, as it made its way from the runway to my favorite boutiques. There are certain lines I won't cross, and at this point in my life, it's safe to say that spending $825 on a sequin t-shirt was not one of them. But, when it went all the way to the clearance racks at Kirna Zabete, and Julia sent me a $50 coupon code (and insisted I take the plunge), it was mine faster than I could say "Liza Minelli."

Then there was the Anna Sui skirt I bought to wear on New Years Eve. I'm pretty sure I got a couple of laughs and remarks that it would end up at the back of my closet from my friends when I (very sincerely) gabbed about how amazing it was, but it has seen so many parties, burlesque shows, casual weekend strolls, and dive bars that I'm sure even the naysayers would be impressed by its dollar-per-wear value. But then came the belts. And the headbands. And the dresses. And the blazers. And the vintage sweaters with hand sewn gems. And the Miu Miu bag I stared at lovingly in the store window that no-sooner ended up in my arms.

I can't help it, and pardon the cliches, but these little plastic discs send my heart into a flutter. They make me feel sparkly, and mermaidy, and even if I opt to wear my sequined skirts with a thrift store bought levi's denim-jacket-turned vest and a t-shirt (like I did almost all this weekend, and which, by the way, I was wearing when I ran into one of my lifetime heroes, Lynn Yaeger), there's something uniquely exhilarating about them and the way they catch light at just the right angle. There might be days where I'm channeling a bit more retiree in Dade County Florida or toddler playing dress-up than I am channeling fashion-savvy-20-something, but at least I'll be ready if I ever land a gig styling a remake of The Golden Girls.



P.S. Don't forget there's still time to enter my Fallon giveaway.

37 comments:

  1. I hear ya. I don't care if I look like a retired Vegas showgirl, I love sequins. I'm totally coveting your collection. I bought a pair of sequined oxfords from F21, and I wear them so much, I'm thinking of investing in the Louboutin pair.

    Ah, i hope this is my closet one day <3

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  2. I remember when that anna sui skirt came out i was obsessed with it, and didn't buy it. work it girl.

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  3. *swoon* I'd die in your bed of sequins...I'm so easily distracted by all things that sparkle and really, sequins are no different. I walked into a store because I saw a sequin clutch and totally failed to notice the sales associate greeting me because I was too wrapped up in checking out the clutch. hehe oops, my bad.

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  4. what's not to love? they command attention and awe. the asos dress is gorgeous, but i got a headache trying to figure out the bra situation even though the back is beautiful. i'm sure it looks great on you!

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  5. i have the gold skirt! and i love sequins too, though i hate how ~mainstream they've gotten over the past 2 years. there was once a time when i had to dig through salvation army to find the perfect sequin dress--now they are everywhere :(

    xo
    gabi

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  6. oh my goodness nicolette. this is lovely. reminds me of this skirt i found, which was pretty much a discoball: http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_430xN.48898741.jpg

    but sadly it did not fit! i ending up giving it to a sexy/badass internet friend, though, and she tells me she treats it well.

    you are reminding me that there are definitely not enough sequins in my warddrobe and that this much change if i am ever to attain my status as golden girl wannabe.

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  7. lol! i've never met a shiny, sparkly, sequin thing that I didn't loooove! get it girl :D

    Vonnie
    http://www.socialitedreams.com/

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  8. Your sequin collection is beautiful.

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  9. I say wear what you like! I think it is an easy and effortless way to look fabulous all the time and if it works for you, why not?! The other day I had a moment where I wondered if I was not dressing my age...and then I realized that there is no way to dress my age and that I'm fine wearing what I have and what I like. It's so funny how your brain can try to trick you some times.

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  10. I'm an addicted to shiny things. I have a few items with sequins but only only super awesome sequins jacket from some thrift store.

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  11. Gorg. Love these photos. OMG must see you in sequin dress!

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  12. I saw the picture of that full rack on Tumblr this morning and almost seized up. I too am a sequin fanatic- they're one of few things I lust over non-ironically, all the time. xo

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  13. Nicolette! I love how much you love sequins. There's nothing better than when something so simple can bring you so much joy. I get that same feeling for a piece of clothing... probably weekly lol. I really love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. what's life without a bit of sparkle?

    Lots of love
    Ylenia
    http://longuette.blogspot.com

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  15. This is an awesome post, though I have to admit I have completely turned against my old beloved sequins. Seeing them on clothing makes me rage now, when I used to openly swoon.

    Lauren xx

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  16. Me neither!
    Nice collection!
    DC
    xx
    http://dentelleetchocolat.blogspot.com/

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  17. Noooo Nicolette! Why halt yourself? Embrace the sequinnism (i don't know what that word is) in you! I know that some people think sequins are inappropriate for work but I wear them all the same, to the point that people find it odd sometimes that I didn't sparkle and they think me dull. Okay, I do draw the line of sequins at funerals. Sometimes they itch, they scratch and make me fume but I have never stopped loving them or curb my desire to have more of them. I love sequins on you and if they make you feel beautiful, you don't have to stop.

    P/S: Fantastic sequin collection there! I bow in shame.

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  18. I love sequins but I hate how they itch sometimes. But sequins are alright with me. Keep up with your addiction, you look great in them.

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  19. I can so relate to this, same as you I can`t resist them, wear them all of the time, have done all of my life, and have more than enough. But, I will probably keep buying more still lol
    I love the title of your post too :)

    <3 Anika
    http://www.sweetfacedstyle.blogspot.com
    Twitter: @AnikaSweetface

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  20. I am absolutely with you on the sequin front, I can`t get enough of them.

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  21. I definetely share your passion and the head in the clouds feelings over sequin pieces of any kind! Love the post!

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  22. ou amazing blog !
    very like it !! ; )
    it's super !


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  23. I really love that you all share my passion for sequins!!! And yes, this was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, I'm not actually planning on holding back at all :)

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  24. i'm a huge fan of sequins - can't get enough of them! i love your blog, your pictures and your style!

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  26. I really try to find a perfect sequin blazer...I love glitter and sequins, so I totally understand your passion! ;)

    x

    S*

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  27. Girl!!!!! I NEED all of those in my life!! I have two sequins jackets, a dress, and I plan on adding shoes, skirt, and maybe some more!!!! Get it girl!!!

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  28. Sequins are just the best! I am addicted too! Your collection is really beautiful. I especially love the handbag!

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  29. I NEED to know where you got those sequined skirts! obviously i am dying over them!!!

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  30. yesss, something about [black] sequins... love them, especially on the mini dresses...

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  31. This is both a gorgeous picture and a stunning array of sequins! I'm jealous of your collection. And, if wearing those makes you a Golden Girl, well then, bring it on Blanche! Fabulous!

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  32. I really love that you all share my passion for sequins!!! And yes, this was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, I'm not actually planning on holding back at all :)

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  33. I definetely share your passion and the head in the clouds feelings over sequin pieces of any kind! Love the post!

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  34. what's not to love? they command attention and awe. the asos dress is gorgeous, but i got a headache trying to figure out the bra situation even though the back is beautiful. i'm sure it looks great on you!

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