Party Dressing: Sequins for grown-ups


As much as I try to move out of my default setting of ‘scruffy’ and be a pulled-together grown-up (hardly ever happens), the glint of sequins is just too hard to resist – especially at this time of year. Thankfully, there is a way to do grown-up sequins for NYE i.e. how not to look like you’re 6 years old and trying to outshine the Christmas tree….


To avoid looking like the aforementioned overgrown 6-year old, keep your sequins to one half and dress down the other. I adore this look from H&M above. Chunky knit + sequin skirt is a definite winner in my book. Although make sure the skirt is below or quite a bit above the knee – it just looks fresher than a knee-grazing style. Also note how much cooler a low heel looks than a high one would. And finally, tuck the front of your knit into your skirt as it’ll pull everything together. If you’re tall enough, box fresh trainers would also look amazing. On the subject of sequin skirts, H&M is currently on fire, the pink skirt below was a hit for us on Instagram (where I paired it with this knit from Me + Em. The classic Tippi would also look nice) whilst the metallic may not be sequin, it certainly has a similar feel going on…



Cashmere side stripe jumper, £199, Me + Em; Cashmere polo, £79, M&S; cashmere cowl neck, £150, Pure Collection

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Silver skirt, £29.99, H&M; Sequin skirt, £39.99, H&M; skirt, £49.99, Zara


If you prefer your sequins on top, then the dress down rule still applies. I LOVE how Spanish blogger Shining Beads has styled this top with boho tasselled necklaces, shorts and tons of bracelets. I’d love to have her tanned legs too, but sadly December in Sussex is not going to provide those. If you, like me, aren’t in possession of the tan or the temperature to rock a pair of shorts with a sequin top go for girlfriend or cropped wide-leg jeans. I also think the fact that her (old season Zara) top is blush coloured and isn’t heavily sequinned on every spare bit of fabric makes it slightly less dressy than a full-on sequinned number. This top from By Malene Birger and this top from Topshop have similarly relaxed feels, although warning – they both look short at the front, so you’ll need to be comfortable in high-waisted jeans to be able to wear either of them. This black top is dressier, but the plain arms and the large sequins stop it being too much. The length and looseness of this is good, although I’d probably go for blue to keep it a little more low-key. Whilst the black and gold top below is the perfect example of how sequins can be cool and dressed down – note how it’s tucked in again!



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