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The Simple Guide To Wearing Sequins Without Looking Like A Disco Ball



I don’t care who you are, don’t care where you’re from, don’t care what you did…if you’re a college girl, you should have at least one sequined item in your closet. (Also, can you name the song I just quoted? Because if not, I am officially old as hell.)

Here’s my take on sequins. When you wear them, you just feel happier and more fun and Edward Cullen-level sparkly. They’re eye-catching, they tell the world that you’re out to celebrate and they’ll make you stand out in a crowd.

But they can also look incredibly tacky.

When it comes to sequins, there’s a fine line between looking great and looking like…well, a disco ball. Because all good lessons can benefit from a Hills reference, let’s take a look at a sequin ‘do’ and a sequin ‘don’t.’ Below you’ll see Lauren Conrad looking every inch the classy, stylish lady she is in sequins.

She looks great, right? There’s no one any would say she looks trashy at all. Then you have Heidi Montag, who does sequins in a way that makes her look like…a girl who married Spencer Pratt, which is to say, someone who has questionable taste.


The rules of sequin-wearing are simple:

If you’re letting the sparkles on your outfit do the talking, you must keep everything else simple and modest. That means no cleavage, no statement shoes, no other embellishments.

Sequins also have a tendency to look terrible when they’re stretched away from one another, exposing the fabric below. The easiest way to avoid this? By never wearing anything sequined if it’s too tight. The skimming shape of LC’s dress befits the sequins perfectly. Loose sequined items have movement, which means they catch light beautifully.

Balance is key. If your sequined dress is mini, a long-sleeved option is best – a blazer over the dress also classes up the look and adds a ton of balance.

Try wearing every day items that happen to covered in sequins: Everyone and their mother has a sequined dress or one of those sequin-covered Express beaters. Not everyone has a sequined boxy tee (but I do and I happen to love it) or sequined jogger pants.

Consider the occasion: If it’s your birthday, by all means, pile on the glitz for a night out. If it’s someone’s wedding, still light outside or a funeral…well, you might want to stick to something else.

I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.