How to Wear Sequins for the Holidays

“There’s glitter on the floor after the party
Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby
Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor
You and me from the night before” – Taylor Swift

The thought of ringing in 2018 creates images in your mind of the epitome of glitter and glamour. The giddy anticipation of the ball drop in the final moments of 2017. A champagne toast to the New Year. A midnight kiss with someone you love. Dancing to Taylor Swift beneath the light of a spinning disco ball. A shower of confetti raining down all around. Celebration and cheers with friends, family, and even complete strangers. A rainbow of short sequin dresses and skirts despite chilly temperatures.

With Christmas right around the corner and welcoming the New Year directly after, it is the perfect time to sparkle and shine in a sequin look. Any store you walk into has a section of sequin dresses, tops, skirts, and anything you can think of. It is easy to get carried away in the awe of the glitter and shine surrounding you. Don’t over-do it! You don’t need a full sequin jumpsuit with a shimmery jacket, and a glitter lip (yes, that is a trend now!). Use these style tips for rocking a sequin look and give yourself a fashionable, fresh start in 2018.

  1. Wear sequins as an accent to dress up any outfit. Some examples include a sequin pencil skirt, a sequin blazer, and sequin shoes.
  2. For all-over sequin looks, stick with neutral colors. The sequin fabric is the stand-out piece and should not compete with bold colors. Stick with black, silver, or gold sequins.
  3. Match accessories and shoes to the color of the outfit, creating a monochromatic look. If you have a gold dress, match it with gold accent pieces. Mixing metals may be a current trend, but will look over-done in this particular case.
  4. Avoid adding any other textures. Leave the fur vest at home for this look!
  5. Choose classic, simple silhouettes that let the sequins speak for themselves. For example, a simple A-line dress will look classy and glamorous over a floor length dress with a mile-high slit up the leg, midriff cut outs, and a plunging neckline.
  6. Create balance within the outfit by pairing sequins with simpler items and minimal accessories. For example, if you’re wearing a sequin top, pair it with basic black denim. If you’re wearing an all sequin gown, wear your hair loose and don’t add any jewelry.
  7. When in doubt, less is more. A sequin pant paired with a plan white tee is not a basic or boring outfit. If you add extra items to “amplify” the outfit, you will be in danger of looking tacky. You want to steer clear of too much going on within one outfit.
  8. Opt for smaller sequins over large, chunky sequins. Garments made of smaller sequin fabrics have a subtle and elegant shine to them. Also the fabric looks more expensive and luxe.

In this look, I only wore only a small amount of sequins. This black, knit top is one of my original designs that I made with sequin and sheer fabric segments. I paired it with plain, basic, black denim and boots to create balance. It creates a monochromatic outfit with the color black, but it has interest with the sheer details as well as the shine and texture of the sequins. I broke up the all black outfit with a bold red lip, perfect for the holidays. The silhouette of the top is very simple without many style lines. Lastly, notice that I refrained from adding any jewelry or extra accessories to this attire. I wanted to keep the top as the main focal point of the look. This outfit is the perfect holiday ensemble for all of your family gatherings, Christmas parties, and celebrating the ball drop.

Click here in case you missed my sequin sketching tutorial or here for my easy DIY sequin choker necklace tutorial.

Until next time.