A Beginner's Guide To Wearing Sequins

If you define yourself as a safe dresser, then the approaching Christmas season – and the shimmer and sparkles that go hand-in-hand with it – may seem daunting.  The key to pulling off sequins is to ground the light-refracting embellishment with sensible, frill-free pairings, like a basic knit or a checked oversized blazer (or both). If you're new to the shiny world of sequins, here's a fool-proof guide to wearing them with style this winter.

Tone down with luxurious knits

You've made the move and bought your first glitterati piece of the season – yay you! But you're anxious it might be too standout-ish. Tone down your shine with a gorgeous, luxurious and warm polo knit beneath. A knit not only adds an interesting layer of contrast, but it is a more modern approach to wearing a sequin mini dress; particularly if you're in your 30s or 40s. I've paired mine with a low heel, satin-effect shoe from Uterque, which ties in another element of luxury. The delicate bejewelled buckles match perfectly with this high-shine sequin dress from Topshop.



Chainmail halter neck shift dress, €92 at Topshop

Pair With

Rib-knit jumper, €39.99 at H&M. Bejewelled satin shoes, €110 at Uterque

Sparkle up your beauty regime

Apart from Halloween, the festive period is the other time when it's totally acceptable to experiment with more avant-garde trends. But even so, high shine make-up doesn't always end up looking polished and chic. That was until make-up icon Pat McGrath sent her models – like the Hadid sisters and Karen Elson – down the runway at Versace SS17 wearing immaculate, shimmering wine-red lips. I really love how natural this make-up is except for a slight brush of mascara and then, of course, high-voltage lips. If you're not quite ready for glitter lips, then a chic and subtle glitter liner along your top lid will do just nicely.


Bella Hadid for Versace

Pair With 

Path Mc Grath Lust 004 Lip Kit - Everything, €162 at Netaporter.com. Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara, €32.50 at Boots

Form desk-to-dancefloor

The inevitable party season means our wardrobe and beauty kits need to be ready to go from desk-to-dancefloor in a flash. A sequin dress or trousers, paired with a smart blazer, is a simple and effective way to help you look the part all day and long into the night. I love this party-ready sequin dress by Zara (bottom). Paired with a Prince of Wales blazer, it's the perfect office ensemble for early-morning meetings and briefings. Then, ditch the blazer during dinner for a sultry out-of-office vibe.


Prince of Wales wool-blend blazer, €79.95 at Mango. Sequin dress, €59.95 at Zara

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