Monday, 31 December 2012

How to Wear Sequins, 24/7

Just because the festive season is nearly over, doesn't mean you should relinquish your sequins to storage - along with velvet, thigh high boots, faux fur and mulled wine, they're one of winter's few redeeming features, and it sure ain't over yet! Every year, I make it my mission to wear mine as many ways as possible, in as many unlikely situations as I can - here are a few of this season's efforts so far, featuring my favourite sparkly gems - the Lavish Alice peplum mini, £2 Primark bralet (catch it if you can) and Topshop hotpants.

Princess Sparkle

Because you're never too old to wear a My Little Pony T-shirt... or refer to yourself as Princess Sparkle. A "casual" look for your inner Disney Princess that can't fail to cheer you up... try a band tee for a rockier look.

Skirt: Lavish Alice
T-Shirt: Republic (Past Season)
Wedge Trainers: River Island
Hair Band: New Look*

*Part of my #NLXmasHair Prize

Knit It

Throwing on a knit is the easiest way to tone sequins down - I've kept this look quite polished with a slim fit and heels, but you could grunge it up with a slouchy jumper and biker boots.

Skirt: As Above
Jumper and Boots: Both Primark (Past Seasons)

Fix Up Look Sharp

Dressed up sequins minus the disco diva vibe? A shirt is the way to go... Dress it down again for day with a knit, just allowing the (preferably embellished) collar to peek out (and don't forget the opaques!).

Shorts: Topshop
Shirt: Primark (Current)
Jumper: Primark (Past Season)
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (Past Season)

Full Length and Fabulous

If it's no-holds-barred glamour you're after, a sequinned bralet looks amazing with a full length or dropped hem skirt (high-waisted for optimum sophistication, vs. mermaid fancy dress costume). Add attitude with chunky ankle boots, or delicacy with strappy sandals.

Bralet: Primark (Current - originally featured in How to Wear Disco Pants)
Boots: Boohoo* (Current)
Maxi Skirt: Jane Norman (Past Season)
Mixi Skirt: New Look (Current)

*Part of my Boohoo #PartyPose People's Choice prize

Maximum Impact

I've noticed quite a few bloggers and style mavens relaxing the "cleavage or legs" rule recently, particularly when it comes to festive bralets... I don't believe that fashion commandments should be adhered to in a religious manner, but this is one that can be hard to break successfully, particularly if you're an E-cup blonde. Never one content to be left out when it comes to fashion, however, I figure that this is the time of year to experiment. With a high waist, fierce footwear and an attitude to match, I think it can work... not a look for nipping to the supermarket though!

By the same token, doubling up on sequins can be tricky... but what could be more fun than a sequinned bralet with matching bottoms? My failsafe formula when it comes to matchy matchy sparkles is to keep it black, and stick to high waisted shorts or pencil skirts, or a skinny trouser... By all means be brave and forge your own path though!

Bralet and Hotpants: As Above
Faux Leather Skirt: Primark (Current)
Metallic Pleated Skirt: Forever 21

Medium Impact

If you're not quite so brave, try a slightly more subtle statement top with sequinned bottoms - I love the contrast of lace and/or chiffon, and a more relaxed fit injects a dose of laid-back glamour.

Skirt and Boots: As Above
Shirt: Primark (Current)
Top: River Island (Current)

How do you wear yours?

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  1. I LOVE the first outfit! I would have never known how to make sequins casual! Thanks for the fab post!
    HMLDN xx

    1. Ah you're welcome, glad you enjoyed!

  2. Love the sequin skirt!

    Happy New Year

    1. Thanks Belle, Happy New Year to you too :)

  3. Love sequins, love the skirt on you

  4. WOW girl, I want your body ! and your hair they are amazing *.* !

    I really loooove your outfit, & my favourite is the bralet with the maxi skirt wonderful :o

  5. Love the sequin peplum with pony tee xx