How to wear sequins for a Christmas Party
and not look tacky
Joyful jingles are playing in every elevator, red suits and white beards are the go-to costume choice and the streets are covered in twinkling lights. It can only mean one thing; party season is well and truly here! Although, I wholeheartedly believe that you should wear what you want whenever you want, it is undoubtedly more acceptable to be flaunting a glittery number and looking like a disco ball this time of year, than any other. With the likes of John Lewis, Karen Millen and Warehouse launching their new party dresses, it’s too easy to look like a walking confetti stick. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that but if you are anything like me, you prefer just a touch of sparkle to evoke a timeless look.
Ironically, I’m a bit of a magpie (terrible in my adolescence) and certainly love sparkly outfits but I feel there is fine glitter-covered line between tasteful and over-the-top. If you have similar preferences to myself you will probably know how challenging it is to find the right balance of sparkle when it comes to piecing together an outfit for the party season. This is where creating a fool-proof fashion formula will be your style saviour. A fashion formula is similar to an equation but instead of numbers it’s fashion items and they all equal the same thing; a killer look made just for you! Fortunately, I already have one for creating a timeless, classic outfit that will successfully fit the sparkle season.
Here’s my formula on wearing sequins and a breakdown of how to make it work for you.
Main Sequin Piece + Sparkling accessories + Style with Neutrals
Choose one sequin piece
If you’re looking for a party outfit for the holiday season that has a balance of sparkly but understated then opting for only one embellished item is the way to go.
The reason party outfits can escalate to OTT very quickly is from going over board with the sparkles. This can easily be avoided by choosing one piece that will be the dominant part of your look and then toning it down. If you wear three or four items of clothing that are all covered in sequins and glitter then it can be too overbearing for the eye and you end up not knowing where to look. I personally view a great outfit by the illusion it creates on the eye; if it works well, you follow a smooth rhythm, but if not, you end up darting from one thing to another unable to focus one one piece for long. Choosing one central piece to take the spotlight and building on it with neutrals guarantees to keep your look from falling into the latter.
Add extra sparkle
Upgrade your look with a few sparkling accessories for some added classiness.
This step can really make or break your outfit so it’s recommended to tread carefully when choosing your accessories. Due to the likes of Coco Chanel bringing classic references to pearls, I opted for this beautiful faux pearl clutch to compliment my embroidered sequin playsuit. I then chose silver diamond jewellery as opting for a pearl necklace and earrings would verge onto the ‘over-the-top’ line I’m aiming to avoid. As the jewellery is very delicate, this isn’t going to fight against the bag and playsuit but simply compliment the two pieces.
My main rule of thumb with this part of the formula is to choose one large accessory, in this case a clutch, which will flatter the main sequinned piece and then elevating the look with smaller accessories like the jewellery I’m wearing.
Tip: Note how I haven’t mixed my metals? Everything is in silver.
Finish off with all neutral pieces
Due to the nature of party pieces which usually demand a fair amount of attention, choosing bold, patterned, or textured pieces could be a little risqué. It could verge on to looking tacky and whilst there is nothing wrong with this, my formula is meant to be used to create a classic and potentially timeless, party outfit. Therefore, stylising your main piece and tasteful accessories with neutral pieces, which, have minimal detail, is a safer choice, guaranteed to give you a successful result.
As you can see here, I’ve chosen a plain pair of black tights, a durable black wrap coat – a style that you know I’m loving recently– and a pair of black stiletto ankle boots; all of which will keep me warm in the winter weather and still work to keep my look feeling sophisticated and polished.
Similarly to my Autumn party wear post, choosing no more than three colours is recommended, as this will offer a great balance to your look. As the suedette fabric on my shoes is a very discrete texture and isn’t going to overpower any of my other pieces.
Here are some outfit examples of my fashion formula put to the test.
OUTFIT ONE :
OUTFIT TWO :
OUTFIT THREE :
Do you have a fashion formula for wearing sequins/sparkles in the party season?
This was a collaborative post but all writing/opinions are my own.
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