Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tracy Reese: Subtle Sequins

Tinseltown has always gravitated towards the flashy, and the head-to-toe sequin trend has (unfortunately) been going strong for some time now. Unless you're on the red carpet, sequins can appear tawdry, flashy, and/or costumey. For the average woman, sequins should be done sparingly (as an accent on a piece of clothing) or tastefully (in a neutral shade and in a conservative--rather than revealing--shape). This Tracy Reese dress uses sequins and palettes to create texture (it looks like a nubby tweed) rather than shine, and the sheath shape offsets the potential flashiness of the materials. Basic principle: The flashier the materials, the more conservative the design should be. $550 at

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