HOW TO WEAR SEQUINS FOR DAY

Senior Fashion Market Editor Tammy Palmer solves your dressing dilemmas

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Fashion Q&A: HOW TO WEAR SEQUINS FOR DAY
Senior Fashion Market Editor Tammy Palmer solves your dressing dilemmas

Tammy Palmer

 
Tammy Palmer

Q: I have a silver sequin dress that cuts just above the knee, has a racer back and shoulder-width sleeves/straps. Is there a way for me to wear this look a casual day outfit?
Barbara Kerr

A: Forget the old rules about saving sequins for night. Shimmering metallics instantly breathe life into everyday basics and can totally be worn for day – whether at the office or running errands on the weekend.

The easiest way to give your sporty silver tank dress a casual spin is with lots of layering. Sequins look fabulous with earthy pairings such as white cotton tanks, crinkled khakis, and lightweight wool or cashmere cardies. Remember to avoid wearing bold prints or contrasting colors – sequins are attention grabbing enough


 


For example, you can see how well this Prada dress would work with just a basic whisper-thin tank layered underneath or a long cardigan or blazer worn overtop and cinched with a wide belt.
Prada

 
Prada

Prada, Spring 2009


 


We love how Ralph Lauren took gleaming harem pants and mixed them with a sporty cotton button-down – the effect is very modern and you can easily translate this into everyday chic.
Ralph Lauren

 
Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren, Spring 2009

When it comes to a sequin dress, take a cue from these designer looks:

Jean Paul Gaultier

 
Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier
Balenciaga

 
Balenciaga

Balenciaga
Sonia Rykiel

 
Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

Gaultier layered a wispy day dress underneath, Balenciaga paired a white all-purpose long sleeve shirt and Rykiel topped her glittery frock off with a neutral boyfriend blazer.


 


How to accessorize:
If you’re going to wear hose, don’t do black as that will just reinforce an evening look. Pop on a cute pair of flats or sandals and an oversized messenger bag to give your look a running-out-to-the mall vibe.
Richard Chai

 
Richard Chai

Richard Chai, Spring 2009

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