Spring Preview: The Shine Trend on a Budget

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

One of the most enjoyable new trends for Spring also happens to be one of the hardest to snag on a budget: the shine trend. All manner of sequins, paillettes and the like have taken center stage for spring, for both day and night. But, the details work it takes to create a sequin-covered masterpiece often results in high prices. So, when Kohl's invited me to style and then write about a way to get the shine trend for less, I saw it as a challenge. Could I really get a high-end, shiny look at a Kohl's-worthy affordable price? I wasn't so sure.

I hit my local Kohl's with a distinct look in mind. I wanted to find a combination of dressy and relaxed pieces that would create a fabulous evening look together, but could be remixed into daytime and weekend looks. I loved all of the sporty-chic shine looks on the runways, so I wanted to recreate the same vibe. Luckily, Kohl's had lots of great shiny pieces on display, particularly as part of the new Jennifer Lopez Collection line. The final result? A combination of one sultry piece from Jennifer Lopez and a couple of luxe, but laid back items from Simply Vera Vera Wang. Check out my final look:

Bold Color at Kohl's

The Jennifer Lopez Collection sequin skirt was the key item for this look. It's simple enough to blend in with any number of other pieces to create a variety of looks, but definitely a stand out item thanks to the covering of shiny little black sequins. The particular skirt I purchased in-store is no longer available for sale online, but they do have a very similar skirt available online in gorgeous gold sequins.

I paired my skirt with a buttery soft Simply Vera Vera Wang Solid Tee. It's available in 7 different colors, and I'd recommend getting one in every color. This insanely soft tee is great for pairing with this showy skirt, but will also work well under suit jackets or just thrown on with favorite boyfriend jeans for spring.

The cherry on top of this fabulous, fun outfit is the necklace. I love this new little bauble like you wouldn't believe -- it's even more sparkly and fun in person than it is in pictures. The combination of the basic tee and sparkly necklace is a perfect pair with the skirt. I'd also pair this necklace with a plain white tee and jeans for a fancy-looking outfit that isn't.

The moral of this story? If you know where to look, even a trend as daunting (and pricey) as high shine can be yours on a budget.

→ Buy the Jennifer Lopez Collection Embellished Lurex Miniskirt, $63.00 (was $84.00), at kohls.com.

→ Buy the Simply Vera Vera Wang Solid Tee, $21.99 (was $30.00), at kohls.com.

→ Buy the Simply Vera Vera Wang Silver Tone Cluster Necklace, $25.50 (was $34.00), at kohls.com.

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Disclosure: Bloggers received a gift card on behalf of Kohl’s via Glam Media to complete the trend look. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kohl’s. All trademarks and service marks are owned or licensed by Kohl’s Illinois, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.