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
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
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.