Sequins: we all wear them, we all love them — yet somehow, we still tend to fear them. While it seems perfectly appropriate to sport a sequined dress or miniskirt for a night out with the girls, most of us clench up at the thought of wearing our sparkly pieces to the office or out during broad daylight. One thing is for sure, though: sequins aren't going anywhere. They took over the Spring runways, with designers like Jenny Packham, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, and Tracy Reese showing daytime-friendly sequins — not to mention brands like Parker, Topshop, and Alice + Olivia offering casual-glam sequin pieces that can easily be worn during office hours. If you're wondering how to pull this off, just follow these tips:
- Keep your color palette on the light, bright side. The reason why Diane von Furstenberg and Jenny Packham's springtime sequins work so well is because they're in sweet, sorbet-colored hues that give off a soft and feminine feel, not Saturday night on the dance floor.
- Mix your sequined pieces with something more casual. Sequins have the amazing ability to instantly read "dressy." In order to make them work for daytime, all you have to do is temper the pizzazz with something more laid-back, like a white t-shirt tucked into a sequined skirt, or a denim button-down over a sparkly dress. If you're feeling especially bold, try a sequined tank with a white blazer and sneakers.
- Go easy on the jewelry: Consider your sequins as a built-in accessory; you're already sparkling and reflecting light upon walking into a room, so there's no need to pile on necklaces or flashy earrings. If going sans baubles makes you feel naked, stick to a couple of thin bangles or a single cocktail ring.
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