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Turn up the LIGHTS

It's sparkle season for tweens, so give 'em some glitter

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Even at a young age I can remember being fascinated with fashion. Whether it was sneaking into my mom's closet to try on her Deborah Harry-esque dresses and strappy heels, flipping through the pages of Vogue in awe of the day's couture collections or coming up with stylish ensembles to set myself apart from the crowd, fashion has always been a love of mine.

The tween of today isn't much different, although one could argue she is far more fashion-savvy than her average counterpart of 20-odd years ago. Today's tween knows all about designers and the style du jour, not to mention the glitz factor that makes fashion so alluring.

Speaking of glitz, this holiday season will be no exception to her need to stay on top of the current styles and trends, especially with the added appeal of shimmer, sparkle and shine.

That's right, you can expect your tween girl to swoon for sequins and gush over glitter when it comes to choosing her holiday attire for family soirees -- I wouldn't be surprised if a bedazzled item or two ends up on that never-ending wish list.

And while she may push for a metallic couture gown la Versace or a sassy sequinned mini-dress like Beyoncé's, here are a few more age-appropriate ways for your darling to wear this latest trend.

For the girl who wants it all, combining garments with hints of glimmer here and there is the perfect way to go and will still provide her with that head-to-toe glamour she's going for. Look for co-ordinates with sequins or faux gemstone embellishments and appliqués and team them up with basics like solid tanks and leggings.

Tweens on the go who want to incorporate a little sparkling into their everyday garb may want to steer clear of the more frilly sparkle-wear for fear of looking too fancy-pants, and opt for a pair of glitter denims instead. These fun jeans would look adorable with a fuzzy angora sweater and patent penny loafers.

And then there's the tween who prefers a more subtle way to shine. For her, sequin-adorned accessories are the best bet. Cinch a simple frock with a sparkly metallic belt, add glitter with a rhinestone-studded watch or stow away treasures in a twinkling tote.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 17, 2012 E10

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