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Sequin Dresses for the Holiday Season

07.12.12

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I love sequins. However, sequin dresses are quite tricky to wear as you could end up looking like a tacky hot mess or well… a disco ball if you overdo it. That being said, the festive season is looming near so all rules can go out of the window! The holiday celebrations can’t go by without a ton of pictures being taken and guess what shows up best on pictures? SEQUINS. That’s right, they have the ability to beautifully reflect light and would certainly make you stand out in any shot. I’ve been on the lookout for a perfect one to wear on New Year’s Eve – the only occasion which I’d tolerate being compared to a disco ball. I thought I’d share with you my rundown of the different types of sequin dresses that caught my attention so far…

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

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Motel Deluxe Gabby Sequin Plunge Back Dress   ||   Prey of London Sequin Embellished Dress   ||   Mango Panelled Sequin Body Con Dress

Yes, I have just quoted a Rhianna song in my blog post but in this case, it couldn’t be any more appropriate. Why? Because these dresses are so shiny! Okay, well I might just be stating the obvious but you’d have to admit, the dense concentration of sequins make these dresses scintillate beautifully under the light. Golden sequins are a classic during the festive season, and you can’t go wrong with the clean cut on the Mango Dress. I’ve seen the Motel dress in stores and the colour changes according to the reflection of the light – it’s definitely going to be a showstopper. If green isn’t your colour Motel also carries other colours such as Purple, Red, Black, Blue, etc. Do check out their other designs as well, they seem to have quite a lot of sequin dresses this season. I probably like the The Prey of London Dress the most because it combines two elements that I love: sequins and mesh cut-outs, which give it an element of subtle sexiness, how can I say no to that?

Bold Colours & Geometric Patterns

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Rare Baroque Sequin Triangles Bodycon Dress   ||   John Zack Zig Zag Sequin Bandeau Dress   ||   Rare Diamond Sequin Bodycon Dress

Now, if you’re feeling a bit more daring, why not combine some bold colours and patterns with those fabulous sequins? I mean, you’re wearing sequins already, might as well go all in with the extravagance. They’re probably the best at transcending the festive ambiance of the New Year. I would probably combine any of these pieces with black basic accessories to balance out their awesomeness. My favourite has to be the Rare Baroque Sequin Triangles one. There’s just something inherently cool about geometric shapes.

Colour Gradients

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French Connection Colour Block Sequin Vest Dress   ||  Warehouse Ombre Sequin Shift Dress   ||  French Connection Colour Block Sequin Dress

Now if you find the previous section was way too saturated in terms of colours but still want some colours on your outfit, why not pick a dress with a gradient/ colour-blocking effect? The cool tone of these three dresses make them look chic and elegant. I must say that I really like the mix of black and silver sequins, they sort of remind me of a night sky scenery – lovely!

The Little Black Sequin Dress

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Warehouse Sequin Velvet Dress || ASOS One Shoulder Mini Dress With Sequins and Lace ||  French Connection Sequin Panel Body Con Dress

However, if any combination of bold colours, patterns on top of the shiny sequins is too much for you, you can always opt for the little black sequin dress. It’s a known fact that the little black dress is a staple in every girl’s closet so why not add a bit of sparkle for the festive season? If you decide to go low-key on the sequins, might as well mix some textures or pick something with an interesting cut, like the asymmetric cut of the ASOS dress or the alternating of fabrics on the French Connection one.

Fun & Girly

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ASOS Skater Dress in Rose Sequin    ||    TFNC Dress with Sequin Bandeau and Hi Lo Skirt    ||    ASOS Sequin Dress with Square Neck

Who said sequins cannot be graceful? There’s nothing more girly than a mix of sequins and draped gowns. If you haven’t noticed the pattern yet, I’m more of a short-dress person (if that’s even a thing?). The asymmetrical hem on the TFNC dress is thus a compromise between a short and long dress for me. I also really like the sort of Grecian feel that both the golden TFNC and ASOS one give. The rose sequin detailing on the black skater dress is to die for – I wouldn’t mind having the top part as a shirt actually.


Out of this lot, I think my favourite by far has to be between the green Motel one or the Prey of London one… can’t decide! With my student allowance, I’ve restricted myself to the realm of high street brands but if I was rolling in cash, I would get myself this 3.1 Philip Lim Sequined Silk Dress. I’m such a sucker for geometric patterns and mesh cut-outs. But anyways, tell me what you think. Will you be wearing sequins during these holidays? Or are you not really convinced by the idea of wearing sequins at all?

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