There’s so much glitter, sparkle and shimmery delight to choose from at the moment, with pearls and glitter on everything from ankles, heels, belts, hemlines, necks, ears, hair, nails, jackets and bags. No rules apply except for ‘don’t save the sparkle for best’ in other words, clash it on with everything, day or night. So razz up your tracky bottoms and denim jacket with a pair of pearly heels, or your Granny’s paste brooches one day, then cover your neck with pearls when you wear your jeans, t shirt and trainers the next, why don’t you?
And if you need some pearly, sparkly, shiny inspiration, look to Karl Lagerfeld and the Chanel Fall Winter 2017/18 ready to wear collection, for a masterclass in everyday sparkle (but not an everyday budget of course). Space Man prints and planets on hoodies, chiffon and sweater dresses; sixties shift dresses with patent and knitted, crystal and pearl encrusted headbands. Green metallic leather (from Mars?) and embellished tweed and of course, the sparkly boots – with everything! Black toe capped, Paco Rabanne-esque, Barbarella style go-go boots, in white, pale pink, silver, camel and my favourites; dark vampy glitter (like a galaxy filled night sky view, from a rocket ship…) AND there’s an ankle length version too. Like grown up, glittery wellies, fit to elevate any outfit – but not actually recommended for a muddy festival, unless you’re some sort of bloody masochist.
Ahhh, the boots of my dreams… along with the Saint Laurent ones on the left, Ive been dreaming about those too.
Lagerfeld said to Vaccarello
“I’ll see your rock n roll rhinestone boots and raise you!”
Yes, glittering footwear is a big big deal for this autumn & winter, and street style trend setters are already in a silver and gold ankle booted frenzy, but with big labels come the big price tags, so if six and a half grand isn’t in your budget – or stratosphere even, there are versions for every budget on the highstreet too – phew!!
Russell & Bromley Scrunched boots; Savannah Miller for Debenhams & River Island Glitz
And finally, if you are going to wear a show stopping, attention grabbing pair of shoes like these, they deserve a great pedicure. Stunning shoes warrant perfect nails, buffed skin and exfoliated ankles, even in winter, so don’t give up on your summer beauty regime just because the flip flops are being shelved.
Even if you are doing socks-n-sandals, there’s a good chance that your tootsies will show through the fine knit or lace (which will look so great by the way) so once you’ve made your sandal selection, grab some nail colours to showcase your toes too.
Along with geometric artistry and neutral shades with graphic black accents, such as a short neat stripe, or corners cut with black, one of this Autumn & Winter’s hottest mani pedi trends is ‘shimmer’ – with varnishes in shining gold, silver, pewter, bronze and rose gold. Ooh la la! And hallelujah, the glitter has been replaced with molten looking metallic liquids, so whether you are going for an all over shine, or adding super cool cuticle highlights, there will be no more scratchy, half hour glitter removal sessions later, woop woop!
And as for the pearly whites, with all pale nail colours, you need to be extra careful in the application, so a nice thin layer allowed to fix first, then follow with one more even application. Don’t be tempted to add a third layer – or even better; just leave the manicure to the professionals. OPI’s Pearl of Wisdom, a lightly shimmering pearl actually looks very ‘mother of pearl’ and looks great on either very pale, or dark skin and I like it on short, rounded nails.
Autumn Winter 2017/18 nail trends include neutral base with graphic touches, embellished cuticles, geometrics and metal hardware.
I haven’t found that perfect rose gold (like the centre cuticle photo above) yet, but in the meantime, the Smith and Cult ‘Regret and the Moon’ is a hit for me, it seems to have a touch of pearly pink that suits my colouring, along with a touch of rose gold cuticle… with these Miu Mius, would be a match made in heaven!
Ooh La La, I’d ooh la love these Smith and Cult colours!
By the way, I’m not affiliated with any brand or being paid to promote any of the products, but If I bang on about some more than others that’s just because they are my particular fantasy favourites, or blissful items that have captured my heart – But you know, if Miuccia Prada wanted to chuck a pair of those beauties my way, I’d gladly accept them… What, a girl can dream can’t she??