We love a good sparkle here at w&h – so much so, that we’ve dedicated several galleries on the sparkliest fashion pieces, everything from embellishments to nail polish. But there’s nothing quite like a good sequin to make your whole outfit dazzle.
The sequin is synonymous with party season, and there’s no better time to indulge in a bit of sparkle. As if we needed an excuse! But while the rails are teeming with sequinned buys, sometimes it can be daunting to find something that doesn’t look, well, a little ridiculous. From the shortest of skirts to the lowest cut tops, sequins tend to grace some questionable items.
But sequins CAN be sophisticated, if styled properly or worn in the right cuts. A failsafe way to keep your look classy is to embrace a monochrome palette. Coloured sequins can be hard to pull off, especially if you’re trying to go low-key. Our reader Larissa (pictured) nails the black and white look by mixing fabrics and prints.
Want to know how to wear sequins and where to find the most chic styles? Read through our styling tips and fashion finds…
To avoid looking more disco ball than disco diva, opt for a dress that creates a simple yet elegant silhouette, like this sequin dress from Reiss, £225. The high neckline and cap sleeve prevent the look becoming tacky. Team with plain black courts to complete the sophisticated ensemble.
If bronze is more your colour, then take a leaf out of the Duchess of Cambridge's book and slip into a dress by her favourite designer Jenny Packham, available at Debenhams, £160. The copper hue is a more subtle take on a harsh gold effect, and looks great against most skintones.
Sequins aren't just for the evening - match a sequin jumper, like this one from Monsoon, £49, with casual jeans for a sparkle that's office friendly. The sequins are sparingly woven through the knit, as not to blind your colleagues during the 11am meeting.
Navy blue always look expensive, and can elevate a sequinned look from trashy to flashy. We love the conservative cut on this Jacques Vert dress, £129. Perfect for a formal occasion, the splash of blue sequins on the bodice is subtle yet stunning.
Not quite ready to go the whole way? Let your shoes do the talking with a sequinned pair of heels - this pair from Kurt Geiger, £220, are part zebra, part mermaid, and ENTIRELY gorgeous.
A classic pencil skirt is a great way to embrace the sequin trend this season. Team this one from Pure Collection, £96, with a cosy knit on top for contrast.
A sophisticated evening jacket is a fine addition to any occasion outfit. Even better news if it's adorned with sequins, like this one from H&M, £29.99. It's particularly good for pear shapes, as it draws the eye upwards and diverts attention away from the hips.
Look to statement accessories to instantly update a tired party outfit. With its unsual pattern and mix of gold and colour sequins, we couldn't think of a more stylish way to stash our essentials than this Story of Lola clutch from ASOS, £45.
Great for apple shapes, for flaunting long legs or lengthening short ones, a dazzling pair of sequin trousers is a true wardrobe saviour. Make an entrance with this fabulous green pair from French Connection, £95.