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Fashion Challenge: Wear Sparkle During the Day


Glitter oxfords

Finals are FINALLY coming to an end! After a grueling month of December, I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am to go home and have a nice break for a change. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this time of year, and a great way to look festive is by rocking sparkly pieces.

But where’s the challenge in throwing on a sparkly dress for night? That’s too easy. To make things a little more interesting, this week’s challenge is all about rocking glitter, sequins, and sparkly pieces when they’re least expected – during the day. Think you can handle it? Read on for some tips and looks to try!

Tips and Tricks for Wearing Sparkle During the Day

  • Test the waters with accessories. If you’re unsure how you feel about this look, try rocking a glitter belt or a shiny headband for just a bit of sparkle. Glitter oxfords and flats are a huge trend as well, and work perfectly for daytime.
  • Try to stick to one glittery shade at a time. It’s easiest to pull off this look when you stick to one shimmery color at a time – if you’re wearing a sparkly silver top, for example, wearing silver jewelry keeps your look monotone and intentional-looking. That said, if you’re daring, feel free to disregard this tip!
  • Watch out for too many other textures. I love mixing fabrics and patterns, but don’t go too crazy. An outfit with glitter, faux fur, lace, and leather will probably overwhelm you.
  • When in doubt, keep it simple. You can’t go wrong with pairing a sequin top with a pair of jeans, or an armful of bejeweled bracelets with a basic white tee. One sparkly piece can often be more than enough for day!

Product/Outfit Ideas

Sparkly Accessories

Sparkle accessories - sequined and glitter flats, hats, headbands, and rings
Product Info: Headband, Earrings, Knuckle Ring, Beret, Rhinestone Bracelet, Gold Flats, Belt, Silver Flats, Silver Cuff, Flower Ring, Oxfords

A glittering accessory is the perfect way to add some panache to a basic outfit.  A hat or headband is both class-appropriate and fun, while the sequined oxfords and sparkly belt will turn heads wherever you go.

Outfit Idea: Try a Sequined Top

sequined top outfit
Product Info: T-Shirt, Flared Jeans, Clogs, Belt, Ring, Bracelet

This outfit is very trendy, but the earthy vibe mixed with the sequins makes it work. This top is slightly cropped, so it will look great with a pair of slightly higher-waisted, ’70s-style wide leg flare jeans. Add a pair of clogs, a boyfriend belt, and a little bit of sparkly jewelry to finish the look.

Beauty Products with Sparkle

Glitter nail polish and makeup
Product Info: Polish – Gold, Silver, Pink; Silver Eyeshadow, Gloss, Shimmer Dust, Glitter Liner

Scared you’ll look like a disco ball in glittery clothing? Add a little shimmer to your beauty look instead, for a low-risk way to try this challenge. Glitter nail polish is a huge trend, and OPI’s Burlesque-inspired polishes (gold and pink, above) are some of the hottest shades out there right now! Or bring the sparkle to your face – add a hint of glitter liner, shimmery gloss, or highlighting powder to your normal beauty routine for a holiday-perfect look. Just keep the rest of your makeup low key to stay daytime-appropriate.

Took the Challenge? Send Us Your Photos!

Did you wear sparkles during the day this week? Send a photo of you along with your name, school a description of what you’re wearing, and your blog’s URL if you have one to fashionchallenge AT We’ll feature your photos here to give inspiration to other CF readers!

Can’t wait to see your submissions!


Do you like wearing sparkle during the daytime? Are you planning on taking the challenge? What challenges would you like to see in the future? Let me know with a comment!

Posted on on December 16, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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21 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Wear Sparkle During the Day”

  1. 1
    December 16th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Oooh, love it!
    I used to wear at least a bit of sparkle each day!

    The black sequined shoes are to die for!

  2. 2
    December 16th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Ooh sparkly!! I love the look of sparkly nails!!
    I’m looking back over my past outfits, and I remembered an outfit featuring a great pair of sequin shorts.
    I am definitely digging those out again- I need some sparkle in my life again!!

    Charlotte xxx

  3. 3
    December 16th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Great finds and excellent tips! I especially love all your beauty product ideas- the nars blush and opi polish, and tarina the rings too!
    Great post!

  4. 4
    December 16th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I love the accessories and makeup. Great choices!

  5. 5
    December 16th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I absolutly J Crew glitter belt. I’m on my way to check it out.

  6. 6
    December 16th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I love the accessories and make-up/polish you picked! Like you said, perfect for the daytime. I’ve had brown sequined ballet flats for years and I always get compliments on them :)

  7. 7
    December 17th, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I love this challenge! I recently got a pair of purple sequined ballet flats that i absolutely loooove! I love wearing them with my black skinny jeans, purple undershirt, white vneck, and with my black scarve and with my dark denim skinny jeans, purple undershirt, white crew neck from h&m, gray cardigan, and my gray bow headband on my hair <333333

  8. 8
    December 17th, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I LOVE wearing sparkly things during the day. Oftentimes it’s something subtle like eyeshadow or jewelry or flats, but I’ve also been known to wear a sparky miniskirt in the day, dressed down with tights and slouchy boots and a cardigan. It makes me feel so happy and festive when my outfit has some shine to it! I just bought some shiny gold oxfords that I’m looking forward to wearing when I’m back in California from the northeast for winter break. Thanks for this post; it reminded me to celebrate the shiny things in life!

  9. 9
    December 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love sparkles. I love to wear them ALL the time. I just saw a DIY with glitter shoes and I’m dying to try it.

  10. 10
    December 17th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I love sparkles! I have a pair of sparkly TOMS and they are amazing! My friend just gave me a silvery scarf <3

  11. 11
    December 18th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Think i’ll pass-i already look young; sparkles make me look 13

  12. 12
    April 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I have gold sparkly pumps and I dont know how to use them, I love them I just dont know how to mix them with other things :(

  13. 13
    September 15th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I LOVE SPARKLES!!!!!! and going by the comments,i think almost every girl does!
    the sparkly flats and oxfords are awesome!!!! :)

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