5 ways to make sequins work beyond New Year’s Eve

5 ways to make sequins work beyond New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2022


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There’s no need to banish sparkle once the festive season comes to an end.

Sequins have long been a failsafe option when dressing for party season, and nothing says Christmas like a dazzling skirt or knit. But now we’re waving goodbye to the festive season, it’s time to start thinking about how we can style our sequin dresses, skirts and shirts into spring and beyond, taking them from a winter wardrobe staple to a year-round essential. 

Of course, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, so sequins are in no short supply. And if you’ve already shopped for a perfect sparkly party look or a standout sequin dress, the last thing you want to do is have it linger in your wardrobe until next Christmas rolls around. 

This is particularly true given that campaigners have raised concerns about the environmental impact of sequinned pieces, which are often worn rarely before being cast into landfill. We could all do with getting more use out of the sequinned pieces currently hanging in our wardrobes – but how should we wear the sparkly stuff when it’s dark and drizzly in January, unpredictable in March or hot and sweaty come summer?

We’ve turned to some of our favourite fashionable women for inspiration below. Scroll for five ways to wear sequins, now and throughout 2023 – because it’s always a good time to play with a bit of sparkle.

Try a sequin skirt and statement shirt

Sequin skirts are one of the easiest sparkly styles to wear, because they can be styled in a whole host of ways. To amp up the glamour, add a statement heel, shimmery top and bright and bold bag. By contrast, a simple white T-shirt and trainers will keep it casual.

Sequin boots will add instant sparkle to any occasion

Of course, you may not reach for these to walk to the supermarket, but sequin boots are incredibly cool. Wear with a dress, trousers or skirt and shirt for a look that’s destined for the dancefloor – when you really want to make a statement, they’re sure to be the star of the show.

Style down a sequin dress

Dresses over jeans are a real Y2K style statement, and unsurprisingly the look is coming back into fashion. While it may not be for everyone, this styling trick instantly pares back a standout sequin frock into a much more casual outfit that’s as cool as it is chic.

Select just a splattering of sequins

Not all sequin looks have to be head-to-toe studded with sparkly pieces of plastic. This simple black shirt uses thin stripes of sequins to make a real style statement that can work for almost any occasion. And the black sequin trousers pair perfectly with a velvet blazer for a luxe look.

Sequins are still in style

While there are myriad ways to weave sequins into your everyday wardrobe, there’s no need to tone down a seriously sparkly look. Sequins always have and always will be perfect for parties, and bright, bold colours will only accentuate their appeal.

Keep scrolling to shop our favourite shimmering buys below…

Sequin skirt

Ganni sequin midi skirt

This Ganni sequin midi skirt is still available to buy, and, in even better news, is now in the sale. With white bow tie sides, it’s incredibly sweet and can be dressed up or pared back for a whole host of occasions.

Shop Ganni sequin midi skirt at Liberty, £160

Sequin boots

Vicenza after midnight sequin boots

These silver sequin boots are sure to be the standout star of anyone’s shoe collection and will work wonders as a party piece.

Shop Vicenza sequin boots at Free People, £248

Green sequin dress

Rixo Samantha sequin dress

Rixo’s Samantha sequin dress is still available to buy in this gorgeous green colourway. Whether layered over jeans or kept glam with a pair of party heels, it will be a welcome addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

Shop Rixo Samantha sequin dress, £295

Black sequin striped shirt

Mango Glen sequin stripe shirt

The simple nature of this shirt means it can be worn in all kinds of ways. Style with black leather trousers for a subtle party look or jeans for a slight everyday sparkle.

Shop Mango Glen sequin stripe shirt at John Lewis, £39.99

Bold sequin dress

& Other Stories all over sequin mini shirt dress in purple

This standout sequin dress can be worn year-round, bringing the sparkle to any occasion. Its bright and bold colour is seasonless, meaning it works just as well in winter as it would for a summer soirée.

Shop & Other Stories all over sequin mini shirt dress in purple at Asos, £135

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