Sparkle in… Sequins

There is a great quandary that faces most sparkle-holics (and wanna be sparkle-holics as well) –  how do you get that shimmer and sparkle without being gaudy? With the holiday season in full swing now, I’ve decided to broach some tips on how to achieve this starting with trend of sequins.

Sequins are back. If you’ve done any shopping lately you’ve probably seen them in several places and styles. Unfortunately, as we all know, they can easily be overdone turning into 80s flashback mode. Nobody wants this.

To avoid looking like your hair needs another 10 lbs. of hairspray, keep in mind two things.
1) Sequins are best paired with solids, not more sequins or other shiny things. Depending on what you are dressing for this could mean jeans, a cotton blend or even a satin – preferably unembellished.
2) With your jewelry, keep in mind that too much bling is not the thing and proximity is queen.

For our first example…

A night out with the girls

sequin tank paired with trouser jeans, canvas military jacket, earrings and ring
Sequin Tank, DKNY – $125
The Slim Trouser Jeans, 7 for All Mankind – $198
Military Jacket, Willow & Clay – $60
Wound Up Ring, lia sophia – $40
Cutting Edge Earrings in Hematite, lia sophia – $28

When I originally went hunting for a jacket to go with this look I was thinking of blazer, probably of the boyfriend style. Then I came across this Willow & Clay jacket and what can I say? I’m a sucker for military styling.

Why did I choose these items to go with the tank? A little sparkle goes a long way. The structure of trouser jean and jacket not only balance the brightness of the sequins, but they also give them more of a modern edge. Because of the detailing on the jacket I refrained from adding a necklace, but instead kept to the textured hematite earrings and silver ring. Both pieces have character and that modern edge but don’t compete for the spotlight.

PS Mixing metals is in (they’re all neutrals), but if you’re not quite up for it yet, check out the Matte Gold Textured Earrings and Sophia Ring as a golden alternative.

Now for something a bit dressier…

ombre sequin cardigan paired with jersey dress, necklace and ring

Dixon Ombre Sequin Cardigan, Velvet – $196
Sable Scoop Neck Dress, Velvet – $128
Beyond Reversible Necklace, lia sophia – $35
Cluster Ring, lia sophia – $125

I actually stumbled across this cardigan while looking for a jacket for the tank and had to include it. I love that it was paired with a simple black jersey dress. It really makes the cardigan pop.

Continuing with the a little sparkle goes a long way theme, both the necklace and ring are simple but interesting pieces that add to the look without creating competition for the eyes. Another option would be to drop the necklace for ear candy like the Ink Spot or Studded Pyramid Linear Earrings

Next up – Velvet.

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