The festive season is right around the corner, bringing with it Christmas parties, mulled wine, and sequin dresses. No special occasion is complete without a sparkly sequin dress. It’s one way to guarantee that you’ll be the belle of every ball. While sequins are a ‘ride or die’ in the world of evening wear, they can be difficult to style. It’s easy to be put off by the idea of sequins, especially if you usually have a minimalistic aesthetic.
A sequin dress is universally flattering and easier to style than you might think. With the right sequin dress, you can show off your curves and make a statement at your next event. Whether you’re attending a cocktail party, wedding reception, or holiday event, a sequin dress is always a good idea.
We’re rounding up everything that you need to know to be able to flaunt your new sequin dress, from styling tips to the unspoken rules of sequins. Are you looking to add a touch of sequin to your closet?
Let the sequins do the talking
One of the biggest mistakes we see people make is when they underestimate the power of sequins. It’s easy to think that a sequin dress instantly calls for matching heels and clutch bag. In reality, you want to let your sequin dress do the talking.
It’s easy to get carried away with sequins, and you can indeed have too much of a good thing. You want to avoid wearing head-to-toe sequins as this can give you the appearance of a disco ball. Instead, choose accessories that complement the color of your sequins but don’t draw attention away from your dress.
If you want to add an extra touch of sparkle to your outfit, have fun with your jewelry but keep it simplistic. A small diamond pendant or drop earrings will help add glamour to your outfit without being distracting. When you’re wearing a sequin dress, you can keep the rest of your outfit simple and sophisticated.
Follow the ‘one sequin per outfit’ rule. Unless you’re going to the MET Gala, you don’t need to be wearing more than one sequin piece.
Keep your footwear classic
One challenge that people face when styling a sequin dress is deciding which shoes to wear. If you’re heading out for a party or event, you want to make sure you’re choosing a pair that are comfortable enough to wear all night. You won’t look effortlessly chic if you can’t walk in your shoes.
Your shoes are the perfect way to create a solid base for your sequin dress and to help it pop. Nude pumps are always a good idea as they’ll help to elongate your legs and give the illusion of a slimmer silhouette.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to choose shoes that match or complement your sequin dress. You can add texture to your outfit by choosing a style with suede or patent leather finish. While stilettoes are the perfect match for a sequin dress, don’t overlook the potential of open-toe heels. You want to flaunt your sequin dress by choosing shoes in a solid color or with minimal detailing. You can leave your sparkly designer heels in the closet for another day.
Choose a small clutch bag
A total no-go for sequin dresses is an oversized bag. If you’re heading out to a cocktail party, drinks reception, or wedding, you want to swap your everyday bag for a more compact alternative. Box clutches are a structured option, while an envelope clutch is ideal for carrying under your arm.
If you’re attending an all-day event or want a hands-free option, you can try the classic ‘wallet on a chain’ style of clutch bag. These bags are small and compact but feature a delicate crossbody chain that allows you to wear the bag crossbody or as a shoulder bag.
The golden rule for clutch bags is to stay away from monograms and logos when wearing a sequin bag. While prints like the Louis Vuitton monogram are iconic, they can create too much of a contrast with your sequin dress. If you want a sophisticated look, match your shoes to your clutch bag to tie your accessories together.
You want to take the same consideration with your clutch bag as you do with your shoes. Stay away from bold prints and instead choose a bag that is understated but elegant.
Don’t overlook your makeup
When you’re planning an outfit, it’s easy to forget about one of the most important aspects – your makeup. No outfit is complete without hair and makeup. Your makeup – especially your eyes and lips – should complement your sequin dress. While you might see a Hollywood celebrity wearing a bold eye makeup look with their sequin dress, you can channel a more subtle look.
You don’t want anything to overpower the beauty of your sequin dress, including your makeup. ‘Soft glam’ is perfect for a sequin dress, helping to give you a flawless look without distracting everyone with a red lip or dark smoky eye.
Do you need jewelry?
When it comes to wearing a sequin dress, you can usually leave your jewelry at home. If you look at celebrities who wear sequins on the red carpet, you’ll see that most skip statement jewelry and typically settle on wearing one piece.
If your sequin dress has a high neckline, it’s a sign to skip a necklace and instead focus on a bracelet or rings. You can follow Coco Chanel’s advice of always taking off one accessory before leaving the house. A sequin dress doesn’t need dozens of accessories, and you can even choose to wear your classic everyday jewelry. When you’re wearing multiple jewelry pieces, keep everything uniform and within the same metal family for a polished look.