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Yes, You Should Absolutely Wear Sequins During the Holidays

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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

Ganni Sonora Ruffled Sequined Satin Camisole
$270 at Net-a-Porter

Everybody wants to be a #GanniGirl now. This might look like a going-out top, but add a turtleneck underneath and some Levi 501s and you’re in daytime sequin business.
Available in sizes DK34–DK42.

The Double Whammy

Sequin Leopard Slip Dress
$160 at Eloquii

When I say “go all out,” this is what I mean. Eloquii styled this dress with fishnets and some black heels, which is exactly what you should be going for.
Available in sizes 14–28.

The Dress You’ll Keep on Playing With

Universal Standard for J. Crew Sequin Shift Dress
$228 at Nordstrom

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

Kate Spade New York Stan Glitter Booties
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Kate Spade New York Stan Glitter Booties
$298 at Shopbop

Tackle wearing sequins one step at a time (sorry for all the puns).

The Beyoncé-Approved Top

Ivy Park Sequin Crop Top
$125 at Nordstrom

Ivy Park is Beyoncé’s line, and if Beyoncé wants us to wear sparkle crop tops, who are we to say no?
Available in sizes XS–XL.

The Colorful Top

RACHEL Rachel Roy Trendy Plus Size Veda Sequin-Striped Top
$63 at Macy’s

The jewel tones here are really pretty.
Available in size XL.

If You Love New Year’s Eve

Bardot Goldie Sequin Stripe Jumpsuit
$189 at Nordstrom

Nothing says “I’m here to have fun, damn it” like a gold and black sequin jumpsuit.
Available in sizes XS–L.

If You Want to Pretend It’s 2004

Attico Tasseled Sequined Chiffon Pouch
$143 at Net-a-Porter

This is the bag Paris Hilton, Elle Woods, Sharpay Evans et al would choose.

If You Love the Spotlight

Topshop Sequin Fringe Dress
$125 at Nordstrom

Between the fringe, the sequins, and the figure-skimming silhouette, this look requires confidence. But it’s so worth it.
Available in sizes 2–14.

The Barely There Sparkle

Suzanna Dai L Jinshanling Sequined Hoop Earrings
$200 at Moda Operandi

If there is such a thing as a subtle way to wear sequins, it’s these earrings.

If You Like Your Pants to Be Fun

Show Me Your Mumu Leigh High Waist Sequin Stripe Pants
$212 at Nordstrom

Having a closet of fun pants is a great hack for easy dressing. That includes these rainbow beauts.
Available in size XS–L.

If You Want to Wear Daytime Sequins

Rixo Blossom Tiger-Print Sequined Chiffon Wrap Top
$375 at Net-a-Porter

Sequins to wear to brunch the morning after a successful night wearing a different sequined look.
Available in sizes XS–XL.

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Yes, You Should Absolutely Wear Sequins During the Holidays