Seen all over runways over and over again, sequins are definitely here to stay (hurray!). It’s fantastic news for any girly girl. Sequined items can lift an outfit and they allow for lots of fun with your clothes. They are an obvious choice for a night out (your opportunity to pretend you finally made it to the red carpet) but they are also great to wear during the day if dressed down in the right way.
If you want your sequined garments to last you for a couple of seasons, both through summer and winter, there are a few things you should bear in mind. Don’t buy items in seasonal colours, patterns and shapes – they won’t last. Do stick to blacks, golds and silvers as they always come back and are easy to update with changing trends.
It’s the end of summer sales season now and a great chance to snap some sparkly bits at brilliant prices. Read on and bear these few hints in mind when shopping.
The TopA sequined top can easily become your fail-safe option for the night when nothing fits, nothing goes and you just don’t feel yourself. Make sure that the colour suits your complexion and goes well with lots of items in your wardrobe because if it does, it will instantly boost your mood and add that extra sparkle to your eye!
The dressFun, feminine and flirty, the sequined dress is a true statement piece. When picking one out, make sure that it’s comfortable and not too heavy – it may end up being a pain to wear otherwise.
A Blazer/CardiganA blazer or cardigan is, in my opinion, the item you will get the most wear out of; thrown over summer dresses with sandals, over a t-shirt with skinny jeans or an evening dress with pretty heels . . . the options are endless.
JumpersIf you like the idea of sequins during the day, an embroidered jumper is the way to go. AW’12 has a lot to offer in this section.
AccessoriesSequined pieces can be unforgiving on a figure and simply aren’t every girl’s cup of tea. If it simply isn’t you, don’t trash the idea just yet; focus on sequined accessories which will instantly add that little extra to any outfit.
Black sequined pieces Remember black sequined pieces make a perfect base for a bit of fun as they allow other colours to pop. Don’t worry, they won’t overtake the outfit. Although sequined, black is still a very safe option and you can easily go a little mad with i.e. your shoes. Don’t give in to temptation of going for the black pumps only because your dress is sequined!
Sequins DO’s and DON’Ts:
Pair sequined outfits with nude heels if you are trying to keep it subtle (formal outfits especially)
Have some fun: if wearing a black sequined item, add a pop of colour
Keep the rest of the outfit quite simple
Go bare – a stunning dress just won’t look the same worn with opaques
Pair your sequined skirt with ankle boots and a tshirt for a cool and edgy day time look
Save your sequins just for nights out
Ever wash your sequined garments in a washing machine
Pile on too much jewellery. To avoid overkill, keep it simple and understated
Forget to style your hair appropriately – it will complete your head-turning look
Wear more than one sequined piece at the time – you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree, even during Christmas time!
When it comes to buying your new sequined favourite, you couldn’t be more spoilt for choice. Every high street store offers a range of sparkly pieces, starting as low as € 12.99! (Zara shorts). If you’re looking for something on a really low budget, hit the charity shops and most importantly – the Dublin Flea Market. You will easily pick up something great at a really reasonable price (if you head late on a day, a lot of stuff will be marked down as low as € 2!) and if you’re in search of a vintage or one-off – this is definitely the place to be.