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How to style lurex for a classic and chic look

by Julie Goodwin, / Tuesday May 14th 2019

Model in lurex with top hat - Julie Goodwin Couture Melbourne


I love working with lurex. In fact, a shimmer or sparkle will make me feel better any day of the week. I love that element of playfulness, but and when worn in a tailored garment, its subtle gleam can understated and elegant. Lurex was invented in the 1940s, and while it may be considered a ‘retro’ material now, there are many ways to style it for a modern look.

Each thread glitters in the light, and when you’re dressing for a night out, a special occasion, or a big day, it’s the kind of fabric that can elevate a look. Peachy glazes, silver metallics, moonlit blues and glamourous golds – they’re Lurex shades, and there’s nothing quite like them.

Styling Lurex for a classic and chic look that translates in a modern way is easy too; it’s all in the details. Block out that vision of Edie Sedgwick’s famous 60s Lurex neon mini dress (albeit a beautiful image), and think ‘classic’.

Teaming a Lurex blazer with a different texture is a great way to introduce it into your wardrobe, and a simple piece like a custom-made blazer is a staple. Pleated sleeves add another dimension to your look, and help to lift a more subdued piece underneath. What would otherwise be a casual garment, can be layered with a Lurex blazer for a more formal occasion. A Lurex blazer also looks great over a plain white t-shirt and pants, or an A-line skirt depending on your body shape.

The key is to keep it simple. Lurex speaks for itself and for most of us, is best worn as one piece, part of a whole outfit that works well together. If you’re looking for the perfect Lurex piece, pop into my Albert Park studio for a chat about getting your glow on.


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