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Runway/Real Way: How to pull off bejewelled separates

Burberry Prorsum designer Christopher Bailey made good use of his Bedazzler this season: Many of his collection’s key looks – including transparent jackets, lace trench coats and calf-length skirts – were adorned with oversized stones. At Prada, embellishment popped up on collars, dresses and even striped leg warmers, signalling that this trend will likely trickle down for a few sparkly seasons to come.

While the sizeable jewels on Burberry’s pieces are eye-catching, a top accented with diminutive baubles is easier to layer under cardigans or tuck into pants and skirts.

Chunky stones and dainty lace make an interesting juxtaposition, but an opaque embellished cotton fabric is better for the office (and for wearing undergarments).

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To get more mileage out of the piece, choose a dark shade that will work year-round instead of a pastel. Navy is a good backdrop for gold– and jewel-tone crystals.

The details: T-shirt, $188, necklace, $146 at J.Crew ( Lida Baday skirt, $320 at department stores and boutiques across Canada (visit for retailers). Liz Palacios earrings, $39.99 at Elle Hardware ( Ivanka Trump shoes, $185 at Hudson’s Bay (

Styling by Odessa Paloma Parker. Hair and makeup by Cody Alain for TRESemmé Hair Care/M.A.C Cosmetics/ ( Photographed on location at Bensimon Byrne (

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