If there’s one time of year when you’re allowed to go a little over-the-top in the wardrobe department, it’s the holidays. I’m all for taking advantage of the opportunity to channel Liberace sans judgment, and since sequins are my sparkle of choice, I thought I’d take on the embellished jacket for this month’s trend trial.
How To Wear A Sequin Jacket For The Holidays And Beyond
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I’ve got two killer outfit ideas for you: one for a festive party and one for a casual weekend, so you can look stellar at your company holiday party, and still be able to wear this sparkly number after the confetti has been cleared.
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Look 1: For The Holidays
Holiday outfits have the tendency to skew toward the cheesy side, which is why I’ve had this unforgettably cool look from Saint Laurent’s S/S ’13 show saved for inspiration. The easy components: a sequin jacket, white collared button-down, and floppy bowtie make for a standout look that is not only festive, but downright stylish. For your bottom half, wear a black basic you’ve already got in your closet: shorts and tights, like I did, or perhaps a miniskirt or wide-leg trousers.
What I Wore: Juicy Couture Mini Sequin Jacket ($228); Jill Stuart Margot Blouse ($368, 212.343.2300); The Loved One Bow Tie ($18) in Black; Bebe Dome Shorts ($79) in Black; Hue Opaque Control Top Tights ($10) in Black; American Apparel High Heel Bobby Patent Lace-Up Shoes ($95); Charlotte Olympia Wind Up Pandora Clutch ($980); Catbird Jewelry Ballerina Earrings ($76) in Silver.
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A whimsical Perspex clutch is a playful touch, lest anyone think the sparkles are taking themselves too seriously.
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Patent oxfords with a short heel are ideal because the shiny finish has a dressy vibe while the manageable height lengthens the legs and is still comfortable enough to dance in.
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Hint: if you don’t have a bowtie, they’re easy to make. Just get a swatch of slightly sheer chiffon and tie it in a bow under your collar.
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Look 2: Post-Holidays
Sure, wearing sparkles before the sun goes down sounds ill-advised, but they can actually look unexpected and daring in a good way. It’s easy to transform a sequin jacket for day; just pair it with off-duty basics such as a band tee and slouchy denim.
What I Wore: Juicy Couture Mini Sequin Jacket ($228); American Apparel Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie ($48) in Barrack Green; OBEY Cosmic Blues Raglan Tee ($34) in Red; Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Oceanside Skinny Boyfriend Jeans ($125); Rachel Comey Ankle Boots ($268); Botkier Honore Crossbody Bag ($295); Bing Bang Tiny Circle Ring ($58) in Gold; Bing Bang Tiny Baguette Ring ($64) in Gold; Bones & Feathers Oval Signet Ring ($36); Catbird Jewelry Dark & Stormy Earrings ($98); Kathleen Whitaker Staple Earrings ($88).
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For a weekend look, I always reach for an unfussy cross-body bag. I also love how the suede adds a second texture to the outfit, removing some of the focus from the sequin jacket.
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A hoodie is the fastest way to give an outfit a daytime feel. Here, it provides a delightful contrast to the jacket.
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Heavily distressed jeans and low-heel ankle boots reinforce the casual vibe.
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Guess Long-Sleeve Sequined Moto Jacket ($178)
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Smythe Sequin Bomber Jacket ($495)
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Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna Rain Sequins Jacket ($750)
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IRO Sequin And Leather Trimmed Jacket ($998)
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Forever 21 Showstopper Sequin Cropped Jacket ($30) in Gunmetal
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Mango Sequin Bomber Jacket ($110)
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Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Night Flame Gold Sequin Jacket ($427)
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Blu Moon Sequin Easy Breezie Blazer ($248)
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Diane Von Furstenberg Tamali Sequin Jacket ($340)