Sequins on Sequins and Triple Pattern Mixing at an Awards Night #iwillwearwhatilike

Glamorous night time evening going out out look: sequinned Breton top, sequinned kimono, Prince of Wales check trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb at the 2019 Specsavers SWOTY Awards

What should you wear with sequins? How about… even more sequins?!

With the exception of some of the jewellery, everything I’m wearing here has been worn before (some many times before). Having been invited to the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year (SWOTY) Awards for the third time, I knew that it was an event where almost anything goes in terms of the dress code. I could do a dress, a jumpsuit, sequins, a cool co-ords suit.

Rather than buy something new, I went through my wardrobe and picked one item I wanted to wear, and worked around that.

The piece I started with was the sequin kimono I’ve had for over five years (see here and here for other ways I’ve worn it) as it can be worn indoors and outdoors – it’s not a coat that ruins a look if you keep it on, but it also provides some warmth for your journey to your evening out. As it happened, the venue at 8 Northumberland Avenue where the awards took place (the beautiful marble lobby can be seen above and the bar is below) was right next to Trafalgar Square where the Extinction Rebellion protests were taking place, so a cab was out of the question – the roads were closed.

It meant walking the 10 minutes from my hotel in flats (I wore my foldaway Cocorose ballet flats*) and doing that oh-so-undignified thing of nipping into the ladies’ loos and swapping flats for heels as soon as we arrived. It was worth it though as I still love my very flattering nude d’Orsay heels…!

 

Disclosure: I was paid by Specsavers to promote the event on Instagram but was not obligated to write this post (all content is original and opinions are 100% honest). This blog uses affiliate links – at no cost to you – and any items listed as* were gifted within the last 12 months. Full disclosure

Thank you to @singhgentry for taking the first and second photos

 

Glamorous night time evening going out out look: sequinned Breton top, sequinned kimono, Prince of Wales check trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb at the 2019 Specsavers SWOTY Awards

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London is often still reasonably mild at this time of year so the kimono provided just the right amount of warmth for the walk to the venue.

And as already mentioned, what did I pair it with but, well – more sequins! The Breton striped sequin top is one I bought in Paris several years ago and still ADORE. It was pricey (about £150?), but I’ve worn it loads. It’s totally classic and can be worn for daytime or evening.

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The bottom part of the outfit was where I got a bit stuck. Jeans? Just not cutting the mustard for this event. I tried different block colour trousers but none were the right colour UNTIL my eyes landed on the unlikely offering that was my pair of Prince of Wales check trousers. Although a print that’s entirely suitable for the office isn’t something you’d necessarily think to wear to an evening event or paired with sequins, the tones of the check worked perfectly with the tones of the palm print in the kimono.

Then nude heels, because anything in a colour just detracted from an already-busy jacket/top/trousers combo.

Finally I added my stunning gifted Toolally crescent earrings* and, of course, a pair of Specsavers glasses* (these had plain lenses so I could walk around and be able to see – my prescription glasses are for reading only. If you attend the event you’re expected to be wearing your glasses at all times of course… I’d like to get prescription lenses put in these ones as I adore them)!

 

The Specsavers SWOTY Awards and its fundraising

The SWOTY Awards aren’t just for fun and to invite celebs along (Joan Collins and Gary Barlow were the two best celebs, most were soap and reality TV stars that I just don’t know) – it’s an important event that raises money for the anti-bullying charity Kidscape. As well as donating £1 for every entry to the SWOTY Awards, there’s a fundraising raffle on the night, and this year over £100,000 was raised from the raffle alone.

PLEASE direct anyone you think might need help with bullying towards this incredible charity – they also have a Parent Advice Line you can call: 020 7823 5430. I’m SO proud to work with Specsavers and support them when they do so much to support such a worthy cause.

Plus my glasses – designed by Kylie Monogue especially for Specsavers – are pretty darn funky, don’t you think…?

What style frames are you loving at the moment? And would you ever do sequins on sequins (or pair sequins with checks)? Comment below…!

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Glamorous night time evening going out out look: sequinned Breton top, sequinned kimono, Prince of Wales check trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb at the 2019 Specsavers SWOTY Awards

Kimono: Topshop (love this one, this one, this one and this rainbow cape)
Top: Les Petites (love this striped sequin top and this long-sleeved version)
Trousers: & Other Stories (similar)
Heels: Aldo (similar)
Bag: House of Fraser (similar UK, similar US)
Earrings: Toolally*
Glasses: Specsavers*

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Glamorous night time evening going out out look: sequinned Breton top, sequinned kimono, Prince of Wales check trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb at the 2019 Specsavers SWOTY Awards

38 Comments

  1. October 19, 2019 / 6:04 pm

    Ooh, love your sequins on sequins and ESPECIALLY combined with the plaid trousers! I’m sad to say I don’t think I currently own anything with sequins! I’m off to a wedding this evening in a boring dress (ha, it’s old and I really didn’t want to buy something new just for this) and some sequins would really step things up a bit!

    What a great event for a wonderful cause.

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:24 pm

      Oh no, no sequins Bettye…? That has to change!! 😉

      Thank you xx

      • October 22, 2019 / 8:43 pm

        Oh! I actually found an old OLD open-knit black cardigan in my closet I’d forgotten was there, with some randomly placed sequins, so it does give off a LITTLE sparkle! I was very pleased and thought of you as I wore it!

        Bettye

        • Catherine
          Author
          October 22, 2019 / 8:48 pm

          Yayyyyy Bettye!! Even a *little* sparkle is better than none! 😉

  2. October 17, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    You look perfect in your style! I like your glasses so much!
    XO Martina

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Martina, they’re such a fabulous style I thought x

  3. Danish Pastry
    October 17, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    Love this outfit, it shouldn’t work, but it does and it’s amazing!
    I love your sequined sweater, it’s just the right side of bling for someone like me who’s relatively subtle when it comes to shimmer and shine.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      Hehe I agree that it “shouldn’t” work, Susan…! thank you – the sequinned top is such an old fave, so glad I got it x

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 3:52 pm

      Mireille thank you – sometimes not buying new forces you to get creative!

  4. October 17, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    I was just looking at an old post featuring a striped sequin top. I got rid of it and of course I feel some regret. lol. Enjoyed your print mixing, sequin double up. Thanks as always for hosting!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 3:53 pm

      Oh no that’s a shame Chrissy… you never know you may find another you love even more! Thank you my lovely x

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 3:54 pm

      Cheryl thank you so much x

  5. October 16, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    Love your sequins on sequins Catherine! Thanks for hosting!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:26 pm

      Aww thank you lovely Judith! x

  6. October 16, 2019 / 9:04 am

    Gosh this outfit looks so fabulous on you! Fantastic how all the items work together! Beautiful glasses too.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy 😀

  7. October 16, 2019 / 2:16 am

    These photos are stunning, as is your sequin on sequin look! You can never have too many sequins!

    -Katie

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:26 pm

      Aww thanks Katie… I quite agree, there are never enough sequins!!

  8. October 16, 2019 / 1:10 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous mix of patterns and bling! That gives the rest of us lots of incentives for mixing and matching, Catherine! Thanks for sharing–and for the inspiration.

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you Darlene, so glad to be of inspiration to you x

  9. Randi
    October 16, 2019 / 12:48 am

    I would never have thought of “sequins on sequins” but I love this outfit and I want one! The nude heels glam it up even more! You look great in this outfit!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      Hehe I hadn’t thought of either, Randi… the two pieces just really worked together for some weird reason?! Thank you x

  10. October 15, 2019 / 11:05 pm

    You had me at “everything I’m wearing here I’ve worn before ”
    Absolutely adore you Catherine, inside and sparkly out!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      Awwww thanks MT – love you too x

  11. October 15, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    I can see why you love them Catherine. A real statement piece if ever I saw one. The evening award sounds fun. Thanks for hosting. Jacqui x

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      It was a blast, Jacqui – loads of celebs (lots of didn’t know, haha) xx

  12. October 15, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    I have such a longstanding love affair with kimonos1 Add some sequins and I am completely sold! This is a brilliant combination. You look amazing! And I am loving your glasses, too.

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      I love a kimono or two too, Shelbee! 😉 thank you my lovely x

  13. October 15, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    It’s a great outfit. The patterns go together so well and love the sequins. Gorgeous necklace too!

    Ellibelle’s Corner

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks Ellibelle! Love me a bit of pattern mixing (or two or three or four…!)

  14. Kelly Novak Montano
    October 15, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    You are very adept at putting looks together with things that you wouldn’t think would! I’m impressed and you have the cutest freckles ever!!!!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Aww Kelly thank you…!!

  15. Mon
    October 15, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Mon thank you! xx

  16. October 15, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    That Kimono is just gorgeous Catherine. You will be wearing for many more years I’m sure. Love the glasses too. I’m just about to have the yearly check-up and I know I’m going to need new glasses xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 15, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks Laurie – both sequined pieces never fail to make my heart sing! x

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