Every party season, the sequin trend rolls around. And, in many ways, this autumn/winter are no different. Except, there will be fewer parties, if any, to go to this time. The COVID restrictions, whatever they may be come the festive period, will no doubt prevent us from celebrating the usual way. Like pretty much every other activity in our lives, this means our wardrobes will be impacted, too. I'm all for a head-to-toe sequin outfit, but in reality, I know I'd feel a little overdressed for a Christmas mostly spent on Zoom office parties and the sofa watching The Holiday for the 89th time. But, let's remember that right now we need to celebrate where we can, and actually, something sparkly might just be what we need to keep our spirits lifted during these times.
The major rule on how to wear them this season is to just dip your toe in—there's no need for a full sequin outfit (unless you want to, of course). So try a pair of trousers, a jumper, or a skirt and pair it with other everyday fabrics, such as cotton, denim, or knit. Or the other way round, based on what you favourite glittery finds. It will come as no surprise, if you're a regular follower of fashion, that Bottega Veneta has created the ideal shirt for the coming season, and it has just the right amount of sparkle. It's a sequin shirt but not as we know it. Crucially, the shirt comes in more tonal colours (muted gold, a pastel blue, and green), which makes this the kind of garment you might also wear outside of the party season. Take a style tip from Grece Ghanem, who's paired her shirt with a pair of blue jeans.
It's not just Bottega that has gone for the more subtle approach. JW Anderson also has opted for a paired-back look this season with his collection of fun, sparkly collars over grey knitwear. A fabulous option if you want to stay warm and tick the Christmas jumper box without going novelty. If that's not your thing, why not go for some sequin trousers? I own a pair from Mango from over three years ago and still wear them every season because they really don't go out of style. Wear with an oversize knit or a plain white T-shirt.
Finally, a note on sequins and sustainably. Party clothes are notoriously items that people wear once and never again, but if you invest in an item that you genuinely love and works with your wardrobe, you'll wear it for years to come. Keep scrolling for ideas on how to wear sequins this party season, then shop the pieces below.
JW Anderson A/W 2020 runway
Bottega Veneta A/W 2020 runway
Sequin trousers, as seen on Ellie Delphine of Slip Into Style
Nicole Ocran pairs her sequin skirt with a cardigan