5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts of Buying Sequin Dresses
From diva glamour to a dash of sassy sparkle, sequin dresses are in a class of their own! When it comes to picking the right level of glitz and glam for your personality and special occasion, you want to make sure you create a look that’s classy and polished (not tacky). Check out the tips below for 5 sequin dress do’s and don’ts.
When buying a sequin dress, do . . .
1. Mix and match fabrics. There’s no rule that says your sequin party dress needs to be all sequins from neckline to hem! Try semi-formal dresses with sequined bodices and tulle skirts or two-piece party dresses with satin halter tops and sequined pencil skirts.
2. Explore the rainbow. Dresses with sequins don’t have to stick to classic metallic tones like gold and silver! Sequins come in every shade, so find a hue that complements your coloring. From bold red and chic navy blue to subtle mauve pink or purple sequins, find a color that’s just right for you.
3. Separate day and night wear. Go for dresses with subtle sequin embellishments for daywear. Lace dresses with a scattering of sequins or dresses with a sequined collar or waistband have just a dash of sparkle to brighten your day. For a night out, you can pull out all the stops with a fancy party dress with allover sequins.
4. Choose a simple cut. Since sequin dresses are already extravagantly detailed, plunging necklines, ruffled hems, or other flashy features can overwhelm your look. Simple designs and silhouettes look best for sequin dresses.
5. Find the perfect fit. All eyes will be on you when the shimmering sequins captivate, so you want to make sure your sequin dress fits you comfortably! Finding a size and design that complements your body type is key for showcasing your style in a sequin dress.
When buying a sequin dress, don't . . .
1. Go overboard. Your sequin dress is already a fashion statement! Adding sequined shoes, a sequined clutch, and a glitter shawl is overkill. You want to please the eyes when you wear a sequin dress, not blind them!
2. Impersonate a rainbow. Since the sparkle already catches the eye, choose one main color for your sequin dress and no more than 2 complementary shades for your accessories. Too many colors, like too many features, start to clash.
3. Bling it up. When you have so much shimmer already, less really is more. Skip the jewelry entirely, or choose simple designs that won’t compete with your stunning sequin dress.
4. Forget your event. You want to keep the formality of the occasion and venue in mind so you can choose the right amount of sequin goodness. A fancy wedding reception during cocktail hour, for example, calls for more sequin embellishments than a day of shopping with your friends. Avoid a sequin faux pas by saving the glamorous fully-sequined gowns for formals and the short party dresses with subtle sequin accents for casual or semi-formal affairs.
5. Ignore your body type. Sequins and embellished embroidery add volume to the silhouette. Light sequin accents can add a dash of sparkle without weighing down your figure. A dress with sequins on half of the design can direct the eyes for a balanced silhouette. Pear-shaped figures with fuller hips might opt for a dress with a sequined bodice and chiffon skirt. A curvy girl who desires a flattering look might choose a dress with a sequined skirt and simple princess-cut bodice.
Whether you want a little glimmer to brighten your casual wardrobe or show-stopping glitz to captivate at formals, use these tips on how to choose sequin dresses to make sure you stick to the fashion do’s (and avoid the fashion don’ts) for wearing sequin dresses.