Whether you’re shopping for a prom dress, hoping to “formal-up” a drab outfit, or add a little bling to your tried and true little black dress, sequins are the way to go.
Marchesa added them as shoulder embellishments on this sci-fi inspired dress.
While designer Riccardo Tisci even added the sparkly little beads to a fantastic sweatshirt!
Source: Marc Jacobs
If you can’t afford Marc Jacobs’ prices ($850!), better thrift stores often have vintage sequined sweaters at more reasonable prices. Just watch out for moth holes. Throwing a dazzling sweater or top on top of a classic skirt or even a pair of jeans escalates an outfit to the “next level,” as stylist Brad Goreski would say.
Source: Neiman Marcus
Sparkling accessories are another way to turn a drab dress into a celebrity dress. This blue/green ombre Prada clutch would be perfect with anything from the Ashley Benson dress collection. Or, if you’re going for a more fashion casual look, this fresh-as-daisy embellished bag from Anthropologie might be more your speed.
Source: Rebecca Minkoff
Speaking of ombre, Rebecca Minkoff chose a subtle light pink and silver ombre sparkle manicure for her last show. Using muted colors almost turns silver into a neutral that’ll look great regardless of whether you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a formal dress.
Source: A Pink Dream
However, there is such a thing as too much bling and this mishmash of large pailettes, uneven hemlines, and contrasting (not complementary) colors, is an unfortunate example of bling gone bad.