The quick-fix style guide to wearing sequins and embellishments without looking tacky. Outfit inspiration and suggested pieces included!
From Evening to Casual: Sequin Tips for All Occasions
Sequins are not strictly for fancy occasions anymore, which means that their many forms can range from ultra fabulous to not-so-great. Over-the-top sequin outfits with multiple complex features can often tip the scales in the direction of “tacky” without proper design and shaping. Follow these top three tips so you can be sure to wear sequins the right way.
1. For Evening Wear, Choose Dark Tones and Simple Shaping
One of the best ways to choose your sequin dresses is to look for darker tones and simple styles. This sequined off-the-shoulder dress from the Deema Al Asadi x Own the Looks Style picks is a perfect example of a classy way to wear sequins. The dark black and teal hues add dimension while the drop shoulder and straight-cut silhouette create a refined silhouette. Be sure to wear little or no jewelry to allow your sequin dress to take center stage.
2. For Casual Wear, Embrace Union of Opposites
Sequins can work fabulously on casual pieces as well. For best results, opt for pieces with one central embellishment, like this sequined detail sweater, which unites all-purpose sportswear fabric with a floral-inspired embellished pattern. Pair your with a skirt or simple skinny jeans for the ultimate casual outfit.
3. Sequins Aren’t Just For Tops
Sequins and embellished jewel details are also migrating below the typical fashion waistline. For example, these pearl detail tights are the ultimate tasteful addition to your casual wardrobe and add just the right amount of twinkle to your everyday look. Pair these tights with your long flow tops, shift dresses, and mini skirts to create uniquely layered looks that are all your own.
Next time you’re considering a bedazzled sequin outfit, ask yourself: is this subtle enough? The key to casual sequin wearing is in the balance of shimmery details and cozy knit fabrics. For evening, stick to a simple dress shape without any added layers (avoid tiers or ruffles) and choose a muted sequin color palette.