Would You, Could You: Iridescent Clothes

milly iridiscent sweater and skirt

3.1 phillip lim spring 2014

lanvin iridiscent spring 2014

I legit think that I had a matching short and t-shirt set made of iridescent fabric when I was around 7 or 8 years old. The colors? Rainbow, naturally. And you can’t honestly tell me you didn’t have a mood ring at some point as a kid, right?!. I’ve always associated iridescent style with the high times of the 90s (maybe literally high, in some cases), or something that would be necessary should one be attending a futuristic/space themed party (which is multiple times a year, obviously!). But maybe not — I’ve seen a lot of iridescent looks lately, and I can’t lie, at first I was totally repelled by it. But then, I found myself thinking, “Okay, these shorts are kinda cute, so maaaaybe.” And then I come across things like this and say to myself, “Please make it stop.”

So the jury’s still out and I wanna know — would you indulge in the iridescence trend? Or would you prefer it to stay firmly back in the 90s…and/or way, way far in the future?

iridescent clothes

ROW 1: Milly pencil skirt | Bebe Iridescent Jumpsuit | Alice+Olivia Iridescent Shorts
ROW 2: Nasty Gal Iridescent Sequin Dress | Cynthia Rowley Iridescent Dress | Milly Sweater


Image Credits: Milly Fall RTW 2013; 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring RTW 2014; Lanvin Spring RTW 2014; all images via The Cut 

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  1. 1.20.14
    Noor said:

    YES, I love it.

  2. 1.20.14
    Abby said:

    Oh my gosh I love the Milly pieces!

  3. 1.20.14

    A tad of iridescent doesn’t scare me but I could never pull off those looks!

  4. 1.20.14

    Great inspiration! Love the iridescent dresses!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  5. 1.20.14
    Kayla said:

    YES! I love these – SO cute!


  6. 1.20.14
    Holly said:

    Those Alice + Olivia shorts that you included are super cute & I would definitely wear those. As for all the others… They look good on the models – but I don’t think that I could ever pull it off in real life!

  7. 1.20.14
    alexa said:

    I could never. Haha. They look really pretty on the models though.

  8. 1.20.14
    Toyosi said:

    it’s definitely hit or miss. That green skirt is to die for, and i could totally envision myself in that sweatshirt.

  9. 1.20.14

    I’d definitely wear that Milly skirt!!! SO CUTE!! I also wouldn’t mind a pair of iridescent pumps!! xo

  10. 1.20.14
    Court said:

    It seems like everybody is in love with the iridescent colors, but I have to be honest, I can’t look at them without thinking of the children’s book about the rainbow fish! The rainbow fish isn’t someone I look up to as far as fashion goes ;)

  11. 1.20.14

    Only in small doses, like the shorts or pleated skirt.

  12. 1.20.14

    While they look great on many of the models, I don’t think I could pull them off!

  13. 1.20.14

    I could definitely do the Milly skirt, but this trend is a slippery slope. If not done well it could be a fashion disaster.

  14. 1.20.14
    Bethany said:

    I could get on board with a bit of iridescence.. like the A+O shorts. Full-on outfits, though… don’t think so.

  15. 1.20.14

    I love this trend, but it is tough to pull off, and there weren’t really anyreally loved Blair’s mermaid pencil skirt (I think it was Milly? Can’t remember.) And she rocked it. So well. I briefly contemplated it for a second before realizing I was crazy. So then I thought about a pair of iridescent mermaid-y pumps, but for $400, I knew I wouldn’t get my money’s worth. So then, I ended up buying Chanel Azure nail polish… http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/chanel-le-vernis-nail-colour/2826973

    which satisfied my fix. Except then I got sick of having it on my nails after three days.. it’s just too out there for everyday!

    So there you have it. An essay on my thoughts about the iridescent trend.

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      Victoria McGinley said:


  16. 1.21.14
    Kodi said:

    I can see the Milly sweatshirt and the Alice + Olivia shorts working in my wardrobe, but yeah, a lot of the looks are too much for me.

  17. 1.21.14
    Tori said:

    I LOVE this trend, and love looking at it in pictures, but I’m not sure I’d actually buy any of it. I’m a stickler for fabric quality, and I feel like a lot of these would be stiff or itchy or just really fake feeling. Maybe a little clutch or a shoe would be better than a whole dress.

    • 1.21.14
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Tori, I agree!!

  18. 1.21.14
    Meaghan McAvoy said:

    I think this trend is really cool but I’m not so sure how much of it I could personally pull off. I love the Cynthia Rowley dress. I can totally see myself in that!