What could be more perfect for the festive season than a sequin dress? Or, actually, anything with sequins on it? If you’re still searching for stylish, sparkly dresses to put together your sequin outfits, below are some of the best in stores right now.
Did you know sequins can be traced all the way back to the time of King Tut, whose clothes were found covered in gold sequins in a bid to make sure he was rich in the afterlife?
We’re definitely not suggesting that you wait for the next life to wear yours. There are some very stylish sequin pieces in stores now, which will make sure you sparkle at Christmas and New Year parties.
We love the way Ruth talks about sequins in her style interview here, when she says sequins are associated with having fun with the dressing up box as children. They definitely have those associations, and you certainly don’t have to give up your sequins after 40!
Tips for wearing a sequin dress and other sequin outfits
First of all a few tips for wearing sequins.
Less is more if you opt for a sequin dress
The great thing about sequin dresses is you really don’t need to worry too much about the rest of your outfit. A pair of heels and a clutch bag, and you’re good to go. You don’t need a lot of accessories.
You can wear sequins as daywear
In fact, this has been a big trend over the summer. For fall, team a cozy sweater with a sequin skirt or sequin pants.
Sequin accessories are perfect for parties
If you don’t want to go full-on with your sequins, look out for sequin accessories such as shoes, belts and clutch bags.
Keep your silhouette simple so you don’t look too fussy. Think about simple sheath dresses, or wearing a plain silk shirt with sequin skirts and pants.
the best sequin dresses in stores now
Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful sequin dresses we’ve spotted in stores this season.
Embellished sequin dress
If you have a formal black-tie dinner coming up, a gala ball, or a plush New Year’s Eve event, then you have the perfect excuse to wear a long sequin gown! While some sequin dresses can be unforgiving, often showing up every lump and bump, this dress from Mac Duggal is super flattering as the design creates a waistline.
It’s also a good option if you aren’t so keen on your upper arms, as it has long sleeves to provide coverage.
Sequin sheath dress
A simple sequin sheath dress is given a huge shot of glam with the use of sequins. This can be a beautiful silhouette for most body shapes.
fit & flare dress
The long sleeve cocktail dress below is a classic shape with a knee-length pencil skirt and long sleeves. Keep your shoes and accessories simple.
The Donna Morgan dress (below) has a lovely balanced design with a high neckline but a slit at the thigh. Perfect if you like to show off your legs.
black sequin dress dress
mini sequin dress
Even if you don’t like to wear mini dresses, we love the idea of wearing a sequin mini dress over leggings, pants or leather jeans for an edgy party look.
Midi lengths are very much on trend, and the beautiful blue shade of the sequin midi (below) gives this dress a stylish point of difference.
long sleeve sequin dress
The long sleeve sequin dress (below) features an interesting geometric pattern, and comes in four different colors. It features a low back, but is still high enough to be able to wear a bra underneath without the strap showing.
You can wear the jacket as separates too, to dress up your jeans or wide-leg pants.
color block dress
An unusual take on the sequin dress now, with the two-tone dress (below), which is sure to get you plenty of compliments.
You don’t have to opt for top-to-toe sequins. You could choose a dress which features sequins only on one section, like the sequin-sleeve dress by Eliza J (below).
Of course, sequins don’t have to be worn just on dresses. There are lots of other stunning sequin pieces in stores now, from sweaters to skirts, scarves to pants.
Below, you can see lots of sequin outfit ideas, including dresses, suits and pants.
We love the look of a sequin suit for festive parties. Wear with a simple white shirt or a neutral silk top and let the sequins be the stars of the show.
Mango Sequinned Suit Blazer – J.Crew Garçon Tuxedo Shirt – Mango Sequinned Suit Pants – Naturalizer Vera Block Heel Sandal – COACH Luxe Refined Calf Leather Bandit Crossbody Bag – Tory Burch Roxanne Link Earrings
Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above looks stunning in her silver sequin suit.
Sequin cocktail dress
A sequin cocktail dress is a party classic. We love the mixed materials and off-the-shoulder detailing on the navy blue cocktail dress (below). Keep your coat and accessories in neutral colors.
J.Crew Italian Melton Wool Palais Topcoat – Tadashi Shoji Sequined Diamond Velvet Sheath Dress – Sam Edelman Dori Pump – HOBO Evolve Clutch – Swarovski Dextera Pavé Detachable Mismatched Hoop Drop Earrings
Sequins with pastels
J.Crew Collection Italian Wool Bouclé Blend Topcoat – J.Crew Cashmere Shrunken Turtleneck Sweater – J.Crew Collection Sequin Slip Skirt – J.Crew Maisie Double Strap Heels – Cult Gaia Mini Hera Shoulder Bag – Jenny Bird Nouveaux Puff Earrings
casual sequins outfit
While sequins are usually associated with evenings out and glamorous parties, you can wear your sequins more casually. A sequin sweater and wide-leg jeans are the ideal combination for lunch or dinner with friends and family.
A sequin blazer will instantly dress up any outfit. It is ideal to pop on if you want to quickly change from work or casual mode to party perfect.
Milly Alexa Peaked Sequin Blazer – Vince Band-Collar Silk Satin Blouse – AG Jeans Farrah High-Rise Boot-Cut Jeans – Naturalizer Vera Block Heel Sandal – J.Crew Edie Metallic Leather Bag – Jenny Bird Nouveaux Puff Earrings
If you have a sleeveless dress and you prefer to cover your upper arms, then look out for a sequin cardigan or bolero jacket.
Eileen Fisher Sequin Wool Open Front Cardigan – Alive + Olivia Asymmetric Slit Midi Dress – Sam Edelman Dori Pump – Ganni Mini Sequin Clutch – Swarovski Dextera Pavé Detachable Mismatched Hoop Drop Earrings
Jona @the50plusgirl above wears a sequin duster over her dress.
Keep your sequins more subtle and let them peek out from underneath your blazer by choosing a sequin camisole.
J.Crew Collection Italian Wool Tuxedo Blazer – SIMKHAI Arlene Sequined & Lace Tank – AG Jeans Farrah High-Rise Boot-Cut Jeans – ZODIAC Hill Loafers – COACH Luxe Refined Calf Leather Bandit Crossbody Bag – Tory Burch Roxanne Link Earrings
If you prefer pants to dresses, you can find some super stylish sequin pants this season. Team them with a tuxedo-style blazer.
We love the idea of these sequin pants as an alternative to dresses. We can’t imagine anyone else would have the same outfit. Wear with neutrals and let the pants be the statement piece of the outfit.
We think they’d also be a good outfit for more casual occasions like a festive lunch. You could wear them with a cashmere sweater for a more relaxed feel.
J.Crew Collection Italian Wool Tuxedo Blazer – J.Crew Sleeveless Shell Top – Alice + Olivia Elba Sequined Wide-Leg Pants – Sam Edelman Dori Pump – HOBO Evolve Clutch – Swarovski Dextera Pavé Detachable Mismatched Hoop Drop Earrings
You can easily update your outfits by just swapping your shoes and accessories for sequin styles.
J.Crew Italian Melton Wool Palais Topcoat – J.Crew Garçon Tuxedo Shirt – Favorite Daughter The Favorite Pant Pleat Pants – Jack Rogers Debra Sling Back Kitten Heel – Ganni Mini Sequin Clutch – Tory Burch Roxanne Link Earrings
Your sequin outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the sequin outfits from above together in one capsule, so you can see how you would wear them.
You can mix and match the clothes, shoes and accessories to create different looks. You could wear the sequin blazer with any of the outfits, or wear the shirt or sweater more casually with jeans.
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Do you already have a sequin dress in your closet or other sequin pieces? Do you save your sparkly dresses for the festive season, or do you wear them all year round?
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