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Camouflage and Sequins

Camo Sequins Roses

A sequin skirt is a wardrobe necessity.  In fact, I discussed the importance of having one in my very first blog post.  I wear my sequin skirts in the daytime ALL the time, but I dress them down so I don’t look like I had too many cocktails the previous night and I’m just making my way home.  Also, I think it is important to forget that you’re wearing sequins when you wear them during the day.  You have to be as blasé as if you were wearing denim in order to OWN the sparkle.

Lately, I’ve been wearing the somewhat unlikely pairing of a camouflage jacket with a silver sequin skirt.  I wore it to a party,  to a lunch, and to the David Hockney preview at the Royal Academy.  It seemed right every time; it made a statement and was a little offbeat without being completely bonkers.   The skirt is an old Malene Birger one and the jacket is a new acquisition from Topshop.  This particular jacket (which is selling fast, so be quick if you like it) has tidy lapels like a blazer and a belt to give it some ladylike shape. These details ensure that it doesn’t look like I’m actually going off to join the Army!  What I love most is the juxtaposition of them… rugged badass camouflage right next to glittering silver sequins.  The marked contrast, like a ball gown with a biker jacket,  is what makes it work for me.  I’m going to give you lots of photos to let you make up your own mind about it.  Here, I’ve teamed it with some silver aviator sunglasses, kitten heels, and the sparkliest clutch I own.

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Sequins and roses

Camouflage and Sequins

Camo and Sequins Valentino shoesWell camouflaged in the mean streets of West London

Camo Sequins Valentino and Louboutin clutchSunglasses: Ray-Ban  Jacket: Topshop  Cuff: Hermes  Clutch: Louboutin  Shoes: Valentino  Skirt: Malene Birger  Photos: Lottie Anderson

In the bright sun, the shiny sequins were just KAPOW.   I was mesmerised by my own skirt!  Anyone who knows me at all is aware that I adore the shiny.  The glittery.  The sparkly. Which got me thinking…

Why do some people (like me) love sparkly things so much?  Is it coincidental that the most expensive thing that money can buy, a diamond, is also the sparkliest?  I don’t think so.  I read a study once that said that our primitive desire for shiny and sparkly things stems from our desire for water, the most vital resource for our survival.  Sunlight on water is sparkly, and if you don’t find beauty in light dancing on water, then you probably aren’t human.  Water isn’t just pretty though, it is what we are mostly made of, so the humans who were attuned to shiny things were ensuring their survival by making certain that they sought out their most basic need.  So, I’m convinced when I wear sequins and other sparkly things that it is merely a reflection (see what I did there?) of my survival skills.  A sequin is basically a small, shiny, modern symbol of our survival instinct.  How appropriate then to wear them with a survivalist-camouflage jacket!

A sequin is basically a small, shiny, modern symbol of our survival instinct.

What do you think about the combination?

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Thorn among roses!A thorn amongst the roses

Camouflage Silver

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  • Reply
    Adaora
    July 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Love this look, I want that skirt!!!

    Adaora
    http://www.adaorasoludo.com

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      Lisa
      July 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

      Thanks! You must get one! This one is old, but find a good one. You’ll wear it forever. xx

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    Little Red
    July 6, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    When I first saw the picture on FB, I wasn’t certain. But now that I’ve seen more photos from other angles, I like it. It’s the juxtaposition that makes it interesting. I like.

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      Lisa
      July 6, 2016 at 7:52 AM

      Glad you like, Shalini! xx

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    Glenda
    July 6, 2016 at 4:11 AM

    I’m mesmerized by your skirt too. What do I think of your outfit? Pretty darn smart. I love this Lisa. Clever, smart, fun, sassy, cool, classic…the list is endless.

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      Lisa
      July 6, 2016 at 7:56 AM

      Thanks so much, Miss Glenda! I could see you wearing this too. xx

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    Emma Peach
    July 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    I love the contrast of camouflage and sequins, you’re the commander of the sequin army 😉 I have a sequin jacket but I’ve yet to acquire a skirt – you’ve convinced me I need one!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      July 6, 2016 at 12:45 PM

      I like that… a sequin army! Yes, you for sure need a sequin skirt. Everyone does. I bet you’ll be shocked at how much you wear it! xx

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    Michelle
    July 6, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    “The mean streets of West London” is a classic! Can we talk about that clutch a bit more please? Oh. Em. Geeeee to die for!
    Totally agree that the contrast of your jacket & skirt is what makes this outfit such a sensation. Having seen you wear it in the flesh I was keen to enjoy some “fashion shots” & baby you didn’t disappoint.
    Quite possibly my favourite look of yours to date Lisa – Bravo Sergeant 😉
    X

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      Lisa
      July 6, 2016 at 1:31 PM

      😀 Thanks so much, Michelle! The clutch was a gift from my husband before he was my husband… he’s a keeper! xx

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    Michelle
    July 6, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    p.s. Forgot to tell you I received my This Works Pillow spray yesterday & I love it! Thank you for the tip xxx

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      Lisa
      July 6, 2016 at 2:19 PM

      OH GOOD! I love it too. I use it every night. It’s nicer than just straight lavender, isn’t it? xx

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    July 6, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    You make a strong case for sparkles. I always appreciate a more substantive look at why we wear, not just what we wear. Well done! And your styling is totally legit.

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      Lisa
      July 6, 2016 at 4:43 PM

      Thanks so much, Mithra. I’m glad you liked it! xx

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    Abby
    July 6, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Ah the sparkles! Joining the “sequin skirt club” I admit with pleasure that I too own a sequin mini skirt (in gold though). Love your funky outfit Lisa! And really enjoyed your survival instinct anecdote. How brilliant! Hugs xx A

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      Lisa
      July 6, 2016 at 8:44 PM

      So pleased you liked this darling! OF COURSE you’d have a sequin skirt already 🙂 xx

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    Zuma
    July 6, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    I love sparkling everything! And I love how you paired it with the jacket that an absolute opposite of sparkles hehe! Contrast like this attracts us, I think, because we wear so many hats and do so many very different things throughout each day, and we enjoy them all, so why not to combine them. Love your post! xoxo Zuma
    http://www.splashofteal.com

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      Lisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      Thank you so much, Zuma. Good perspective! xx

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    Mother & Daughter
    July 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    I love the look and your post. The jacket and skirt work beautifully together.

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      Lisa
      July 7, 2016 at 6:04 PM

      Thank you so much! xx

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    Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
    July 7, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Now THAT’S what I call an outfit…!! Having seen it IRL I know how well it works and what a statement it makes. Camouflage and sequins is a gorgeous, GENIUS combination, and so ‘you’, Lisa! Here’s to not being bland and vanilla, hehe 😉

    Catherine x

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      Lisa
      July 7, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      Thank you, sweet Catherine! xx

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    nicole
    July 8, 2016 at 4:41 AM

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I looooove this look. I would so wear this too

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      Lisa
      July 8, 2016 at 6:57 AM

      Thank you, Nicole!

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    Stella
    July 8, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    I can’t even express how gorgeous you look! This combo is brilliant, I really admire your style, such a great balance of glad and edgy casual! Perfect <3
    Have a great weekend Lisa!
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

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      Lisa
      July 8, 2016 at 10:08 PM

      Thank you so much, Stella. You are such a darling! Have a super weekend too xx

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    Mary Murnane
    July 8, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    So fabulous! Love these photos.

    Mary
    http://www.marymurnane.com

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      Lisa
      July 8, 2016 at 10:06 PM

      Thank you, Mary! xx

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    Themotherhubblog
    July 9, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    It’s a beautiful skirt – I love the idea of being blasé about wearing it – “yeah I’m just waking around tesco wearing sequins” #brillblogposts

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      Lisa
      July 9, 2016 at 2:17 PM

      Thanks so much! xx

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    Michelle
    July 9, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Who would have thought that sequins and camouflage would look so good together. I love the way you take pieces and create a look that is so ‘you’. Perfect Lisa, just perfect.
    Michelle xx

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      Lisa
      July 9, 2016 at 2:17 PM

      Thank you, sweet Michelle. xx

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    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    July 9, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    To be honest I wasn’t sure if they would go together but oh my goodness, they look amazing. I definitely need more of both in my wardrobe!

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      Lisa
      July 10, 2016 at 10:23 PM

      Thank you Heather. Sparkle forth! xx

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    Patti
    July 10, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    It is indeed a necessity – and you have proved it! Great look, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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      Lisa
      July 10, 2016 at 10:22 PM

      Thanks Patti! xx

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    Maggie Donapel
    July 10, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I’m a member of an organization called Sweet Adelines International, which abounds in sequins, so I’ve grown to love them, though I would never think to pair them with camouflage. This outfit is fantastic … and the shoes to die for!

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      Lisa
      July 10, 2016 at 10:30 PM

      Thank you so much, Maggie. I’m off to look up your organisation, if lots of sequins are involved! xx

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    Colette Du Net
    July 13, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Very nice outfit, love everything, including your hair -but I won’t dare wearing such things because I am not thin enough… Colette (Paris, France)

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      Lisa
      July 13, 2016 at 8:12 PM

      Thank you so much, Colette. I’m sure you could adapt this look to suit you! xx

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    Ada
    July 15, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Ohh Lisa you own that sequined skirt. I agree, one needs a pencil sequin skirt. I will now head over to read your very first post too. I love it combined with the camo jacket and I must say the analogy you made with water is so beautiful and so true. It totally makes sense. Water is beautiful and sparkly and what our bodies need ever day!

    Welcome by and join my latest style linkup with your fabulous style. A new linkup is live every Thursday!

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2016/07/thursday-moda-20-with-red-stripes-and.html

    Thanks and have a great weekend! Ada =)

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      Lisa
      July 15, 2016 at 5:04 PM

      Thanks so much, Ada! xx

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    Anastasia Nicole
    July 17, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    I love everything about this, down to the shoes. It’s the perfect way to do sequins in the day and has the right amount of edge to it. BTW I need that jacket in my life.
    xx
    Ana

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      Lisa
      July 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM

      Thanks so much Anastasia! The jacket is still available; I really like the design of it too. xx

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    Shellie
    July 23, 2016 at 4:22 AM

    Way to bring the bling, Lisa! I am a little late getting around to visit the linkers from the July My Refined Style Linkup. Thanks so much for adding your fashion flair our party!

    Shellie
    http://www.thefabjourney.com

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      Lisa
      July 24, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      It’s a pleasure, Shellie! Bringing the bling is what I do best. Thanks for hosting! xx

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