Shimmer And Shine: 5 Sequin Trends For The Festive Season

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Nothing epitomizes festive fashion quite like sequins. As the holiday season swings into full gear, brands unveil a stunning array of sequined, beaded, and rhinestone-studded garments. It’s the perfect time to embrace a ‘more is more’ philosophy.

For those ready to dive into sequin-soaked party mode, the options and inspirations are limitless: from Carolina Herrera’s delicate ornamental embroidery and Marc Jacob’s punk vibes to Gucci’s 20s-inspired style and more. This season, designers are showcasing high-shine looks, many featuring head-to-toe sequins that celebrate glitz and glamour.

However, if full-on sequins aren’t your style, don’t fret! There are subtle ways to incorporate sparkle into your end-of-year ensembles and even daywear looks. 

Indeed, sequins might seem daunting for more casual occasions. Still, they can be surprisingly versatile for day events, especially with recent trends offering understated sequins with nude, brown, and taupe tones, as Liane Wiggins, head of womenswear at MATCHES, said to MOJEH earlier this year. Some notable brands to draw inspiration include 16 Arlington, Awake, Balenciaga, Nensi Dojaka, and Rick Owens. 

Whether it’s an office party, a family festive gathering, or a night on the town with friends, sequins can elevate any look even beyond holiday dressing, according to renowned designer and celebrity stylist Mac Duggal, whose clientele includes Kylie Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Khloé Kardashian.

Here are MOJEH‘s top sequin trend picks and tips on how to style them this season:

Valentino, Celine, Germanier, Marc Jacobs

1 Punk Rock

Incorporating sequins into a punk rock-inspired outfit offers an edgy yet glamorous twist to traditional punk fashion. Start with a sequined piece as your focal point, like a dazzling sequin jacket or a bold, sequined skirt. Pair this with quintessential punk staples: think ripped skinny jeans or leather pants for a stark contrast in textures. Layer with a band tee or a mesh top to maintain that rebellious vibe. Accessorize with studded belts, chunky boots, and layered chokers or spiked jewellery to add to the punk aesthetic.

Transition to the evening by letting the sequin dress take centre stage. Pair it with high-waisted briefs or a chic bustier to add structure and style. Elevate the look further with bold lipstick, choosing a shade that complements your outfit and adds a pop of colour. 

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Hermés, Balengiaga, 16 Arlington, Valentino

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Hermés, Balenciaga, 16 Arlington, Valentino

2 Monochrome

For a monochrome sequin look that’s eye-catching and sophisticated, consider embracing asymmetrical goth à la Rick Owens or opting for coordinated sets like Hermès did here. The key to nailing this style is sticking to a singular colour palette while playing with textures and shapes.

If you’re leaning towards an asymmetrical approach, choose a sequined piece with unique architectural lines — think an asymmetrical sequined skirt or an off-shoulder sequined top. Pair it with other monochrome items in varying textures, such as sleek leather trousers or a structured blazer, to add depth to the outfit. Accessorize minimally to keep the focus on the sequins and the silhouette.

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Germanier, Bottega Veneta, Rick Owens, Ermano Scervino

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Germanier, Bottega Veneta, Rick Owens, Ermano Scervino

3 Colour Pop

Leave behind the classic sequin shades of silver, gold, and black. Instead, venture into a world of colour with sequins in vibrant jade green, deep purple, bold red, or soft pastels. These lively hues add a playful and modern twist to your wardrobe, injecting energy and freshness into traditional sequined glamour.  

When styling, opt for understated accessories – delicate jewellery, a sleek clutch, and simple heels to prevent your ensemble from becoming overwhelming. Also, layer your look wisely. If you’re wearing a sequinned top or dress, consider a plain blazer or leather jacket and a colour that complements but doesn’t compete with your sequinned piece.

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Gucci, 16 Arlington, Sonia Rykiel, Vaquera

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Gucci, 16 Arlington, Sonia Rykiel, Vaquera

4 Roaring 20s

The 1920s style made a stunning comeback on recent catwalks, with major fashion houses like Gucci, Armani, and 16 Arlington embracing the era’s distinctive charm. These designers reimagined the Roaring ’20s through modern lenses, featuring sequined flapper-style dresses, elegant drop waists, and opulent touches of feathers. 

For the evening, you can don the full flapper style and throw on pearls and faux feathers to enhance your look. But a chic way to try a sequined 20s-inspired look is to layer a dress over trousers or throw on a blazer for an office-ready look. 

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera

Autumn Winter Collections 2023: Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera

5 Ornamental

Decorative and floral patterns are an ultra-feminine approach to incorporating sparkle into your wardrobe. For the perfect balance, pair your sequined item with understated garments to let the ornate design stand out. Consider a sequined floral top with solid-coloured trousers or a simple skirt for a daytime look.

In the evening, elevate the ensemble with a sequinned dress featuring detailed patterns complemented by minimalist accessories. This allows the detailed sequin work to take centre stage, creating a sophisticated and visually captivating appearance.

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  • Words by Graciela Martin