It’s party season and what better way to sparkle than with a splash of sequins? Still, many midlife women shy away from the idea of wearing them for fear they’d be too much, but when done properly, you can dress them up or down and achieve the look and style you hope for.
All you have to do is balance out the glitz and glamour of your sequins by teaming them with contrasting textures such as cosy knits, crisp denim, or lightweight cotton for a more ‘relaxed’ vibe and you will be surprised how stylish you will look.
How to dress down sequins
One common misconception about sequinned clothing items is that they are saved exclusively for special occasions and Christmas parties, when in fact, they can be used more subtly to elevate any everyday look.
The key to wearing sequins, when it’s not an occasion, is simply to match them with your casual items.
Ideally, you want to start simple with a sequin accessory (like a beret, scarf or shoes) or a t-shirt with a sequin embellishment and go from there, but you can also count on several cool combinations to introduce sequins into your wardrobe. And if you want to play safe, opt for black, silver, blush or nude sequin tones that look more sophisticated and can be teamed with anything.
“As with most trends, don’t overdo it. Yes, it’s easy to get hypnotized by all that shimmery splendour. But if you have a chic, shiny skirt, say no to the shiny clutch and shiny sandals – explains stylists at Budget Fashionista-. Instead, choose understated classics to surround your shiny pieces. A soft, cashmere-like sweater, for example, would balance nicely with the harshness of a sparkly skirt.”
Don’t be afraid to stand out and make a statement with your outfit. As long as you feel comfortable and confident, you can pull off any trend at any age. Remember, fashion has no age limit, and you should wear what makes you happy and confident.
Cool options for you to consider when wearing sequins
Sequins have long been a failsafe option when dressing for party season, and nothing says Christmas like a dazzling skirt or knit, but there are several ways for you to incorporate them into your daily outfit without looking like a Christmas Tree.
“The key to nailing sequins year round is wearing them with confidence,” says Ohad Seroya, creative director and founder of Retrofête and SER.O.YA to InStyle. “I always suggest a look that showcases your personality — where you can add a fun pop of colour or sparkle for any occasion. Or accent your outfit with a crystal accessory.”
Here are some options for you to consider.
- Start Small with Accessories
If you’re hesitant about wearing sequins, start small by incorporating them into your accessories. Skirts, handbags, and tops are often considered the most versatile sequin pieces. For instance, you can wear your sequined skirt with a sweatshirt and sneakers during the daytime, but you can also team a cropped jacket with sequins with a pair of boyfriend jeans, a t-shirt and ankle boots for an effortlessly chic outfit.
- Mix and Match
Don’t be afraid to mix and match sequins with other fabrics and textures. Mixing sequins with more subdued pieces can help tone down the boldness of the trend and make it more wearable for everyday wear.
Pair a sequin top with a pair of jeans for a casual yet chic look or throw on a denim jacket over a slinky sequin dress. You can even pair a sequin skirt with a cosy sweater for a balanced and stylish outfit. Knitwear will instantly soften the eye-catching shine of sequins and add a grown-up element to the outfit.
- Opt for Subtle Sequins
Not all sequins have to be big and flashy. Opt for subtle sequins in muted colours like black, navy, or silver. This will give you a more sophisticated and elegant look while still incorporating the trend. A sequin blazer or a pair of sequin pants in a darker colour can be a great addition to your wardrobe and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
To add a modern, cool vibe, think leather. A leather jacket can not only toughen up the look to add a cool edge to it but it may also dress down that sequin dress
- Stick to Classic Silhouettes
A sequin shift dress or a pencil skirt can be a timeless and flattering choice. Avoid overly tight or revealing pieces, as they can be unflattering and may not suit your body type. Stick to styles that you feel comfortable and confident in and dress down your outfit with a solid or graphic t-shirt. Have you ever thought of wearing it under a sparkle dress?
- Don’t overdo it with accessories
The sequins are the bling for your look, so choose something a little more understated. Keep your jewellery simple when you are styling a look to be more casual. Small hoop earrings or studs or an understated bracelet are perfect.
Above all, don’t save the sparkle for only after hours. Wear your sequin outfit with confidence. This rule applies to almost anything you put on your body but especially with sequins – you have to own it!