We love a good sparkle here at w&h – so much so, that we’ve dedicated several galleries to 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 neutral toned palette.
Want to know how to wear sequins and where to find the chicest styles? Read through our styling tips and fashion finds…
Next, R1 219
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 Next. The neckline and cap sleeve prevent the look from 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 classic statement top available at H&M. The copper hue is a more subtle take on a harsh gold effect, and looks great against most skin tones.
Sequins aren’t just for the evening – match a sequin jumper, like this one from Witchery, 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.
Lipsy London, R860
Navy blue always looks expensive, and can elevate a sequinned look from trashy to flashy. We love the conservative cut on this Lipsy London dress. Perfect for a formal occasion, the splash of blue sequins on the bodice is subtle yet stunning.
Zando, R1 499
Not quite ready to go the whole way? Ease into the trend with minor touches to garments like this statement yet subtle bomber from Zando.
A classic pencil skirt is a great way to embrace the sequin trend this season. Team this one from H&M with a cosy knit on top for contrast.
Zara, R1 999
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 Zara. It’s particularly good for pear shapes, as it draws the eye upwards and diverts attention away from the hips.
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