Much can be said about the pitfalls of sequins. They can be tacky. They’re a cliché. They’re the territory of hyper-girly teen movies, actual little girls, and Real Housewives confessional booths. But let me pose a counterpoint: Sequins are fun and people should wear them. Don’t think about it too hard.
No time of year pushes sequins like the holidays. Maybe it’s because it gets dark at 4:30 p.m. and we need all the light and light-reflecting surfaces we can get. Maybe it’s because sparkle is one of a few ways to make turtlenecks look sexy (unless you’re a Clermont twin). The point is, sequins will make you happy. And there are plenty of ways to make them feel cool.
The No. 1 rule for wearing sequins is this: Pick a lane. Either go head-to-toe like you’re about to ride into Studio 54 on a white horse, or dress the sequins down with a pair of light-wash jeans and sneakers. Don’t go halfway and wear them with something semi-formal. You either want to embrace the wackiness or be totally nonchalant about it, like you’re such a fun person that you didn’t even notice your casual grocery-store outfit happens to contain sparkles.
Below, we’ve rounded up 12 fun sequin items to wear to holiday parties and beyond.
The It-Brand Item
The Double Whammy
The Dress You’ll Keep on Playing With
If the popularity of flip-sequin fabric has taught us anything, it’s that people love some multi-colored sequins.
Available in sizes XXS–5X.
If You Just Want to Dip in Your, Um, Toe
The Beyoncé-Approved Top
The Colorful Top
If You Love New Year’s Eve
If You Want to Pretend It’s 2004
If You Love the Spotlight
The Barely There Sparkle
If You Like Your Pants to Be Fun
If You Want to Wear Daytime Sequins
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