I love sequins. I've always loved them. First memory was obviously mother Rita who had rainbow sequin boob-tube. I wore it as a mini skirt when I was little and now its in our dressing up box. Mums silver sequin jacket has always been a winner. She wore it in the 80's, I wore it in the 90's and now. We pass it around like the crown jewells and promise 'not to loose it!'
Wearing sequins is like wearing a glitter ball. The reflection of light around you is quite spectacular (particularly when its sunny!). The bling, the glamour, the shimmer.
This summer we've seen a new revival of sequins. They are brighter, colourful, more disco, more rainbow than blacks and reds we wear at Christmas.
Recently I took my daughters to their first open air concert to see Jess Glynne. The getting ready bit (for them) took up all of the 1 hour we had given ourselves. Thankfully I threw on my sequin jacket, red lips and I was ready in 10 seconds.
A garment in sequin is a standalone piece. Its maximalism statement with minimal effort.
Sequins are ageless and worn correctly anyone from 4 - 104 can wear them. Big rule of thumb though is keep everything else simple.
Don't over do the bling.
Well unless you are Mary Katrantzou who's top to toe sequins (Resort Collection for SS18) has already sold out.
Or me wearing mine with striped jeans.
Disco Fever bomber: Great for Festivals
If your are off to a festival this summer go sporty with your sequins. Take your inspiration from Gucci and throw on a sequin bomber. Teaming it with denim and a t-shirt. Easy peasy disco style.
I took my sequin jacket to a 40th camping trip a few years ago teaming with pink cowboy boots.
Emerald green sequins
Emerald green & turquoise sequins are another dramatic way to wear the trend. Wear with black and play down with simple separates.
This one-piece is dramatic for poolside but more believable with black shorts and long line shirt Effortless shimmer.
These black jeans with sequins on the front would be fabulous for the disco or festival. I'd love to see these with biker boots and a gigantic woollen jumper thrown over the top.
Wicker baskets are having a moment right now and New Look have embellished theirs with leafy sequins.
Sequins + Kharki = cool casual
So if the glitter ball look is not your bag, but you'd like to look a bit hip. Take the glitter down a level and work it with khaki. Great for casual at the weekend, daytime on hols or even the campsite.
I just love this parka jacket from Zara, with fabulous sequinned back.
A simple white t-shirt with a floral sequin badge will make a shorts and t-shirt day more exciting.
This sequin khaki shirt could be worn in the day open as jacket but also as shirt. Team with black or grey jeans or shorts or throw over a silky dress.
Kharki, sequins and denim look laid back and stylish. A brilliant outfit for the pub (just add trainers if you are walking!)
Layer Grey + Sequins = rock style
Layering sequins is great way to work your garment into Autumn. I love this layer of grey knitwear, sequin jacket and biker. Just a touch of glimmer gives it a rock chic style.
Dark grey sequins are not as bold but more flattering than black and are less 'Christmassy'
And a more subtle approach to the trend is simply wear a sequin star by Mint Velvet.
Mix Sweatshirt & Sequins = glam daytime style.
Sequins worn with sweatshirt make the trend wearable, comfortable to throw on any day. The plain sweatshirt plays down the sequin skirt.
There are so many sweatshirts with sequins on the high street. Here are my favourite.
I love how this blogger has kept the look sporty by wearing ankle sport socks with her heels, teamed with simple a-line skirt and sequin sweatshirt.
Next do a great affordable disco sweatshirt.
Or...you should just work on your feet...
Like metallic footwear there are also so many beautiful shoes out there with sequins. Easy to add to a classic jeans and t-shirt or update your tailored trousers for work. Love these slip ons from Anthropologie.
These Next khaki esperdrilles would really rev up my old linen dress.
So here's my history with Rita's sequin jacket (although no digital ones of Rita from the 80's).
Hold on to your shiny numbers and wear with pride....this season and beyond...
2004..at our darling friend Charley's Hen Party I organised in Portabello.
2017 - With daughter Darcey at Jess Glynne Concert
And Verity who's also rocking her sequin leggings.