Sequins of events: Why shiny things make you look younger

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Sequins of events: Why shiny things make you look younger

Add some shimmer to your outfit and light to your life

Lisa Armstrong

If there’s one classic that needs re-evaluating, it’s the little black dress. Is there anything more boring or life-sapping, apart from a dim-witted Dracula? Alright, not all black dresses. The good ones are outstanding, but most aren’t that good. They’re resting on their laurels. Move on.

One of the kindest gestures you can make towards your skin, once you’ve waved au revoir to the LBD, is to wear fabrics that reflect light. That doesn’t have to mean full-on Elton John. Silky velvets, coated wools, knitwear with a hint of Lurex, high-quality demi-matte duchesse satin, and even something as small as replacing the buttons on a favourite boatneck cashmere jumper with some jewelled ones can throw little halos of light around your face and décolletage which take years off.

The normal recourse is sequins, and while you can’t argue with a classic, especially with the introduction of a new breed of compostable bio-iridescent sequins (made from cellulose rather than plastic), they’re not everyone’s idea of low-key glamour. ..

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