How to Describe Comfy Basics Paired With Sequins and Shine? Practical Magic

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Call it a glam slam.

In Vogue’s most recent May issue, anoraks, denim, and other day-to-day basics met the flash and dash of sequins in a story we dubbed Practical Magic. Camilla Nickerson styled the story and, in doing so, created a world in which we can joyfully combine the comfy staples we’ve gotten used to wearing—zip-up sweatshirts, tracksuits, or soft joggers—with something more luxe and lavish—bedazzled bodysuits or embellished hoodies. Sequins, diamanté, and additional sparkling silver embellishments are no longer reserved for the holiday season, in fact, this spring’s runways were dotted with shimmering versions of wardrobe essentials, like Givenchy’s tricked out hoodie, Balenciaga’s chainmail cami, and Miu Miu’s embellished collar track jacket. It all suggests that you can dress up those reliable lounge staples. Take your Champion hoodie and layer it with, say, a dreamy crystal fringed top from JW Anderson. All that and more, below.

A Bottega Veneta jacket ($2,100) and pants ($1,100; bottegaveneta.com) and a top from Valentino; valentino.com. 

Photographed by Nigel Shafran, Vogue, May 2021

A Proenza Schouler shirtdress (proenzaschouler.com) and Ralph Lauren Collection pants ($690; ralphlauren.com). Hijab by Haute Hijab.

Photographed by Nigel Shafran, Vogue, May 2021

Elaborately Luxe Lounging

On model Adut Akech (left), a shapely Bottega Veneta jacket and pants pair well with a shimmery, glittery top from Valentino. While Ugbad Abdi (right) keeps things simple—but no less smart—in a Proenza Schouler shirtdress and Ralph Lauren Collection pants.

Bottega Veneta crop stretch linen zip-up jacket

$2,100

NORDSTROM

Valentino sequined jersey bodysuit

$3,900

LUISAVIAROMA

Proenza Schouler sequin long-sleeve collar dress

$6,500

NEIMAN MARCUS

Ralph Lauren Collection Taryn cotton-blend terry jogging pant

$690

RALPH LAUREN

Balenciaga top and sweatpants with a tied detail ($1,250); balenciaga.com.

Photographed by Nigel Shafran, Vogue, May 2021

Miu Miu jacket, shirt ($1,510), shorts ($790), and pants ($1,050; all at miumiu.com). Rolex watch.

Photographed by Nigel Shafran, Vogue, May 2021

Track Stars

While its delicate straps evoke slinky staples of the boudoir, the high shine of this Balenciaga top worn by Imaan Hammam (left) all but demands a spotlight. With a Miu Miu jacket, shirt, shorts, and pants, Abdi (right) flits effortlessly between the sporty and the posh.

Balenciaga chainmail top in silver metallic mesh

$3,690

BALENCIAGA

Balenciaga hybrid knotted fleece track pants

$1,250

FARFETCH

Miu Miu mixed-media embellished-collar jacket

$2,110

BERGDORF GOODMAN

Miu Miu runproof shell polo top

$990

MODA OPERANDI

Miu Miu nylon panties

$760

MIU MIU

Miu Miu fleece track pants

$1,050

BERGDORF GOODMAN

Givenchy hoodie ($2,320), dress, and necklace; givenchy.com.

Photographed by Nigel Shafran, Vogue, May 2021

JW Anderson embellished top ($1,650), shorts ($695), and body jewelry; jwanderson.com. Champion zip-up hoodie, $70; champion.com.

Photographed by Nigel Shafran, Vogue, May 2021

Do Sweat It

Hammam (left) makes a persuasive case for elevated loungewear in an elaborately embellished Givenchy hoodie, while Ariel Nicholson (right) takes street style to a dreamy new dimension by adding some ornament.

Givenchy crystal-embellished cotton hooded sweatshirt

$2,320

MATCHESFASHION.COM

Jenny Bird mega link necklace

$295

JENNY BIRD

Champion reverse-weave full-zip hoodie

$70$47
AMAZON

JW Anderson embellished cotton and silk tank top

$1,650

MYTHERESA

Alexander McQueen dress; alexandermcqueen.com.

Photographed by Nigel Shafran, Vogue, May 2021

Denim That Shines

From its articulated bodice to its full, pleated skirt, the humble denim dress has never seemed quite this grown-up. Model Paloma Elsesser’s iteration comes from Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen corset denim midi-dress

$2,690

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Alexander McQueen tread slick boots with pearl embellishments

$1,690

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Hair, Corvette Hunt and D’Angelo Alston
Makeup, Dick Page