24 July 2022
By Kristen Daly
From the irresistible allure of sequin party dresses to the drama of diamante mesh, your sign to shine is here with Showpo’s latest collection, New Opulence.
This season, we’re putting a fresh, modern spin on seventies glamour with disco-ball gowns, velvet touches, OTT embellishments, jewel tones and all-in-one jumpsuits and sets. Inspired by Studio 54, the iconic New York disco nightclub of the era, these are looks for the dancefloor and your Instagram.
And while these clothes are statement pieces, they’re not the only styles grabbing our attention. In theme with the luxurious maximalism of the range, we’re also shining a spotlight on trending, glitzy, look-at-me accessories, and sexy staples that’ll make your main pieces pop.
It’s all about building a big, bold base with dresses, jumpsuits, blazers and more - then dialing up the drama even further with the frosting.
With the seventies serving as our decade du jour, let’s start with a teeny meeny, gloriously slouchy sequin dress that would fit right in on any dancefloor of the era.
This season, keep the look ultra luxe by choosing a sequin dress in moodier dark tones - think burgundy, emerald green or charcoal - paired with on-trend colourful heels.
Sequin Mini Dress: Ryrah Sequin Long Sleeve Wrap Mini Dress in Emerald
Style It With: Public Desire - Aura Heels in Green Patent
Style It With: Alias Mae - Mina Heels in Emerald Satin
Hot mess? More like hot mesh! Hot diamante mesh to be precise. We can’t wait to turn heads in this look-at-me texture, and lucky for us there are so many ways to wear it.
The black diamante mesh top is one of our faves of the bunch; team it with a bralette and leatherette pants, or go full glam with the matching pants or skirt and an oversized blazer.
Diamante Mesh: Hanica Diamante Mesh Long Sleeve Maxi Dress in Neon Pink, Charess Diamante Mesh Long Sleeve Top in Black, Alisha Diamante Mesh Pants in Black
Style It With: Caralina Oversized Blazer in Black
Style It With: Evanthe High Waisted Split Front Faux Leather Trousers in Black
After it burned very bright in the 90s and early 2000s, the bodycon trend went out of vogue for awhile. But now it’s back baby, and totally refreshed for a new generation.
For a look that takes inspiration from those eras, but also adds a sprinkle of sixties-seventies flavour, try a bodycon mini dress with long sleeves and a pair of on-trend platform heels.
Bodycon Mini Dress: Deion Ruched Long Sleeve Off Shoulder Mini Dress in Cobalt
Style It With: Novo - Zaguar Heels in Blue
Style It With: Novo - Zaguar Heels in Black
We’re already masters of the blazer at Showpo, but this season we’re upping the ante by replacing our usual street-to-office aesthetic with ready-for-the-club glowy sequins.
If you’re slipping on an embellished set or blazer like the two looks below, turn up the main character energy even further by adding a sexy satin bralette under the blazer - or no top underneath at all.
Sequin Set: Looma Sequin Relaxed Fit Blazer in Champagne, Looma Sequin Wide Leg Pants in Champagne
Style It With: Mejila Triangle Bralette Top in Black
Same Bralette, Different Jacket: Luecia Jacket in Multi Sequin, Mejila Triangle Bralette Top in Black Satin
New Opulence is all about the sultry seventies, but we can rarely resist a bit of nineties grunge.
Our burgundy velvet top and two piece set will look incredible with edgier accessories, like a pair of fishnet tights or a thick silver choker. Somewhere Courtney Love is smiling on.
Velvet Pieces: Maybelyn Velvet Ruched Cowl Neck Mini Dress in Burgundy, Aletta Velvet Plunge Wrap Crop Top in Burdundy, Maybelyn Velvet Ruched Asymmetric Skirt in Burgundy
Style It With: Amaya Diamante Stockings in Black
Style It With: Helena Diamante Choker in Silver
Ice, ice, baby. One of the hottest new textures in our New Opulence range is our velvety burn out effect - and one of the chicest ways to style it is with sparkly silver jewellery.
By adding gold jewellery or accessories, we’d take it into vintage territory, but with silver, the effect is modern and sleek.
Burn Out Dresses: Aletta Strappy Off Soulder Cowl Neck Mini Dress in Burn Out Floral, Aletta Cowl Cross Back Maxi Dress in Burn Out Floral
Style It With: Maffey Earrings in Diamante
Style It With: Downeti Diamante Sphere Clutch Bag in Silver
If sequins, mesh, velvet and burn out aren’t your thing, take a walk on the wild side instead with snake print!
Our take on this typically OTT trend involves a refreshingly simple monochromatic palette and sleek silhouettes. For an ultra sharp look, pair the blazer with an angular mini skirt.
Snake Print: Tyanne Faux Leather Snake Print Blazer in Nude Snake, Tyanne Faux Leather Snake Print Bralette Top in Nude Snake, Tyanne Faux Leather Snake Print Pants in Nude Snake
Style It With: Charity Asymmetrical Mesh Mini Skirt in Silver
Style It With: Lioness - Crossroads Sequin Mini Skirt in Green
Mini hems are great and all, but this season we’re also really digging the party-ready midi.
For a look that’s super flossy and feminine, match a glossy midi or cocktail dress with one of the hottest high heel trends of the last few seasons - stilettos with a bow over the toe.
Glossy Midi Dress: Reiko Strapless Patent Faux Leather Midi Dress in Oyster
Style It With: Public Desire - Glimmer Wrap Around Diamante Bow Square Toe Heels in White
Style It With: Billini - Valery Heels in Fuchsia Satin
Heading out? You can’t go wrong with a LBT - little black top - or bodysuit.
We’ve included one in the range, and while it's not OTT, it still looks luxurious. For that little extra oomph, swap your usual straight-leg jeans or pants with groovy metallic flares.
Black Bodysuit: Zillah Strapless Sweetheart Plunge Neck Bodysuit in Black
Style It With: Merlin Lurex Knitted Flared Pants in Black and Silver
Style It With: Deliza High Waisted Sequins Flare Pants in Silver
Finally, we couldn’t bring out a seventies-inspired range without including a fabulous jumpsuit! We know Studio 54 darlings Diana Ross, Grace Jones and Blondie would approve.
You’ll already look like a tall, refreshing glass of water in this sequin-spangled baby; to emphasise the elongating effect even further, just add big drop earrings.
Sleek Jumpsuit: Julien Backless Wide Leg Cowl Neck Sequin Jumpsuit in White
Style It With: Darna Diamante Drop Earrings in Silver
Style It With: Luv AJ - Cher Hoops in Gold
There you have it! Whether there’s a special occasion on the horizon or you’re just looking for a new Saturday night outfit, these 10 party looks will have you covered.
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