Skip to main content

How to Wear Sequins. The Rules AND How to Break Them

Congratulations on adding a shimmering little sequin something to your wardrobe! Now it’s time to step outside and get noticed. But how much sparkle is too much? What are the rules for how to wear sequins? And more importantly, because life should be fun–especially when wearing sequins–how do you BREAK those rules?

Rule #1 (and This is the Granddaddy of Them All)

That piece of sequin apparel IS the accessory.

  • A sequin dress does double-duty. And Miss Cee can’t work out if that FABULOUS color above is a very steely grey, or a dark teal. Anyone?

And what that means is you don’t need even one other shred of something sparkly. Yes, technically shoes and a bag are accessories–Miss Cee will get to those in a moment. But it’s important to remember that if you’re wearing a sequin dress, for example, it’s doing double-duty.

First it’s covering you up–going outside naked tends to be a bad idea. Second, it’s covering you up in a glitzy, glamorous way. And that’s also the point of an accessory, like a necklace, or a pair of earrings, or a bracelet. They add the glitz and glam factor to your look. Your sequined apparel is doing that for you too.

Rule #2 (Just in Case You’re Still not Sure about Rule #1)

One sparkly piece per outfit.

  • Yes, the Met Gala is all about outlandish dressing, but this ensemble looks a bit like Liberace raided Dracula’s closet and decided to spruce things up a bit. Perfect if you’re one of the creators of AHS though…

It’s not often that you’ll wear a killer long sequin gown (or suit), unless you attend a lot of movie premieres–the Met Gala–or you’re RuPaul–or you’re Miss Cee doing a Walk of Shame. When you DO however, keep in mind that a long sequin gown, or suit, is a LOT of sequin. If you’re strutting the red carpet you probably left your coat in the limo, but should you need a coat, never, NEVER, use a sequin coat–even if it was custom-made and matches your sequin gown (or suit)…

  • DIVINE though each piece above is on its own, sometimes too much is just…too much. (Snaps for the ZFG ‘tude though.)

When you’re not being a movie star, it’s more likely you’ll be layering an outfit and one piece will be sequined. You might have a gorgeous sequin cocktail dress for a night out with your BFFs and throw a cropped jacket over the top, or you might layer a sequin jacket over a cocktail dress in regular fabric. Either way, kids, ONE piece with sequins is enough.

Rule #3 for How to Wear Sequins

Keep your shoes neutral.

If you’ve ever wondered how to dress down sequins, Rule #3 AND Rule #4, next, are vital to remember.

Keeping your shoes neutral doesn’t always mean color neutral. A sequin Little Black Dress POPS when teamed with red pumps and a red clutch. Or gold shoes and a gold clutch–or silver shoes and clutch–or electric blue. You get the idea.

When accessorizing sequin apparel, neutral means no sequins, beads, crystals or other bling on your shoes AT ALL. (Though color-neutral shoes ARE a good idea if your sequin dress is a strong color, or patterned.)

  • Apart from looking THIS fabulous AND following all the sequin fashion rules, Zinta plays polo and flies helicopters. #lifegoals

Rule #4 for How to Wear Sequins

Rule #3 applies to your bag too.

  • No clash here. Move along, folks.

Be it a clutch, a tote, a Birkin or a supermarket shopping bag, make sure it has no bling on it and is not shiny in ANY way (and that includes ditching patent leather of any ilk).

And if you’re wearing a sequin garment with a colored pattern and your bag has another pattern, colored or otherwise, the clash will be MONUMENTAL. So nix patterned bags too.

(Bonus Rule: Avoid bags with patterns in general, especially if the pattern is a monogram. I’m looking at YOU, Louis Vuitton devotees.)

Rule #5 for How to Wear Sequins

Keep your makeup subtle.

  • NOTHING should overpower your sequin dress–and that includes your makeup.

Sequin dresses have traditionally been costumes for stage performers–and the people who impersonate them. By necessity, subtle makeup had (and still has) no place in either world.

Now, thanks to the marvels of modern fabric machinery, sequins have also conquered the worlds of haute couture and everyday fashion. You’ll see them not only on European runways but also on bags, shoes, hats, tee shirts, jeans, swimwear, gym wear, and street wear. They’ve become everywhere-wear, and are often seen giving just a HINT of sparkle–a sequin slogan on a shirt, a sequin pocket on a blouse, sequin trim on a skirt.

But if what you’re wearing is a fully sequined short dress, pant, jacket or blouse then the sequins are your outfit’s main attraction (see Rule #1 again). And unless you’re about to tread the boards, under a spotlight, with your audience 20 feet or more away, your makeup should be as low-key as possible.

Rule #6 for How to Wear Sequins

Leave the jewelry at home.

  • Five contestants go head-to-head in the ‘Accessorizing Sequin Apparel: Plunging Neckline, Green Balmain Sequin Dress Category’. And who comes out on top. Everyone WITHOUT a necklace. Or a metallic belt.

If you’re wearing sequin apparel, especially a dress or long gown, don’t even THINK about a necklace. Skip the bracelet. No drop earrings.

That’s it. Pretty simple, right? Okay, okay. Perhaps a plain ring. Maybe a pair of earring studs. Possibly drop earrings with NO bling on them…

And this rule doesn’t just apply to using sequins as eveningwear. If you’ve ever asked how to wear sequins during the day, or how to wear sequins casually the answer is to leave the jewelry at home.

Now you know the rules for how to wear sequins, let’s BREAK them and have some FUN!

Anti-rule #1

Okay, so TWO sparkly items is fine. IF they never meet.

People who are confident dressers often break the rules–and they do it with style. Rule-beaking can even become fashion law. (THANK YOU Marlene Dietrich for wearing pants.)

So when you want to wear another shiny item in addition to your sequin garment, here’s how to do it:

Table for how to accessorize sequin apparel
Image credit:

Think about it like this: two shiny items repel. And that means you don’t put them next to each other when wearing them. Sequin slacks with a shiny necklace? Fine. Your blouse or top is between them. Sequin blouse with blinged-out shoes? No problem. Your pant, skirt or jeans are keeping them away from each other. But a sequin jacket over a sequin blouse? Or a sequin skirt with a metallic belt? Nope, and no way.

Anti-rule #2

You can even break anti-rule #1

And you do it by layering sequins and shiny accessories on in colors that compliment each other.

Are you feeling EXTRA brave? Do you wanna break ALL the rules for accessorizing sequin apparel? How about a white sequin pant, black sequin long-sleeve, collarless blouse, pearl necklace, leather belt and cuffs with metallic accents, plus statement earrings? Think it can’t be done?

Chanel begs to differ. Color blocking, plus pairing the eternal couple of Black & White throughout the garments and accessories make this look work.

Chanel Sequin Outfit
Image credit:
  • Little Krissy wore the ensemble to the Met Gala and accessorized with her hair. And eyebrows.

Anti-rule #3

There are no rules. PILE on the bling.

Sequins are perfect for parties. So throw out ALL the rules about how to wear sequins. When the mood is Big Fun throw everything on that catches your eye and have a DAMN fine, sparkly night!

Sequin Dresses with a lot of accessories and bling
Image Credit: SequinQueenCUSTOM
  • Accessorize your sequin dress with beaded
    wigs, a sequin-trimmed coat, chunky rings and
    bracelets, chokers, tiaras, sequined clutches,
    drinks and a cigarette.


When it comes to how to wear sequins, less is more–because that sequin item you love IS the accessory.

But if you’re in party mode, more is more and you can go bling-berserk with not only your sequin clothing but also your accessories. (Just don’t tell anyone you heard that from Miss Cee.)

Related Posts

Comments November 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm

I just want to mention I am newbie to blogging and site-building and definitely enjoyed your website. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You certainly have perfect writings. Thanks a lot for sharing your web page.


visit here November 11, 2019 at 8:19 am

I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to reach my goals. I absolutely enjoy reading all that is posted on your blog.Keep the stories coming. I liked it!


Visit This Link November 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays..


Discover More Here November 11, 2019 at 6:57 am

Hi there, I found your site via Google at the same time as looking for a similar subject, your site came up, it appears great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.


Find Out More November 11, 2019 at 4:51 am

I was recommended this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!


Website November 11, 2019 at 3:47 am

I¡¦m not positive where you are getting your information, however good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or working out more. Thanks for excellent info I used to be searching for this information for my mission.


Discover More November 10, 2019 at 8:01 am

Thank you for all your work on this site. Gloria enjoys carrying out investigation and it’s really easy to understand why. All of us hear all about the lively mode you convey vital things through this website and cause response from others about this point then our own child is without a doubt learning a lot. Enjoy the remaining portion of the new year. You’re the one carrying out a powerful job.


Clicking Here November 10, 2019 at 7:59 am

This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!


Website November 10, 2019 at 5:08 am

It is in point of fact a nice and useful piece of info. I am happy that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.


visit here November 10, 2019 at 5:07 am

Wow! Thank you! I constantly wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I take a portion of your post to my website?


click here November 9, 2019 at 10:45 am

Thanks for another informative blog. The place else could I get that kind of information written in such a perfect means? I’ve a project that I’m simply now working on, and I’ve been on the glance out for such info.


Find Out More November 9, 2019 at 9:38 am

Good article and right to the point. I don’t know if this is really the best place to ask but do you folks have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thanks in advance 🙂


Visit This Link November 9, 2019 at 8:31 am

Wonderful site. Lots of useful info here. I’m sending it to several pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks to your sweat!


learn more November 9, 2019 at 8:10 am

magnificent issues altogether, you just received a logo new reader. What may you recommend about your put up that you simply made a few days ago? Any certain?


Get More Info November 9, 2019 at 6:55 am

It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!


learn more November 9, 2019 at 6:53 am

Wow! Thank you! I constantly wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I take a portion of your post to my website?


Web Site November 9, 2019 at 5:31 am

Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks


Read More Here November 9, 2019 at 5:29 am

Definitely, what a splendid blog and illuminating posts, I surely will bookmark your site.All the Best!


Visit Website November 9, 2019 at 3:57 am

Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol


Home Page November 7, 2019 at 11:37 am

Wow, marvelous weblog layout! How lengthy have you been blogging for? you made blogging glance easy. The overall look of your website is fantastic, as well as the content!


Learn More November 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

Wonderful paintings! This is the kind of info that are meant to be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for no longer positioning this submit upper! Come on over and discuss with my website . Thank you =)


Learn More November 7, 2019 at 9:19 am

I keep listening to the news update speak about getting free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the best site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i acquire some?


Learn More Here November 7, 2019 at 9:12 am

Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.


Go Here November 7, 2019 at 8:13 am

I have been reading out many of your stories and i can state clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.


learn more November 7, 2019 at 8:08 am

magnificent submit, very informative. I wonder why the opposite specialists of this sector do not understand this. You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you have a great readers’ base already!


Go Here November 7, 2019 at 6:37 am

Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! come on!


Home Page November 7, 2019 at 6:36 am

I¡¦m not positive where you are getting your information, however good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or working out more. Thanks for excellent info I used to be searching for this information for my mission.


Website November 7, 2019 at 5:24 am

I just could not go away your site before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard info a person supply in your guests? Is going to be back continuously to investigate cross-check new posts


learn more November 7, 2019 at 5:22 am

Hello.This post was extremely interesting, particularly because I was looking for thoughts on this topic last Thursday.


Find Out More November 7, 2019 at 3:50 am

Good web site! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!


Read This November 7, 2019 at 3:38 am

hey there and thank you for your info – I have definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this website, as I experienced to reload the web site lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot more of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you update this again soon..


Website November 6, 2019 at 9:48 am

Well I sincerely liked studying it. This tip offered by you is very helpful for good planning.


Click Here November 6, 2019 at 8:58 am

you are actually a good webmaster. The website loading velocity is amazing. It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a excellent process on this subject!


Read More Here November 6, 2019 at 8:07 am

Hello my friend! I want to say that this article is amazing, nice written and include almost all important infos. I would like to look more posts like this .


Discover More Here November 6, 2019 at 7:18 am

I simply wanted to say thanks again. I’m not certain the things I would’ve carried out in the absence of these points provided by you regarding such field. It was before a real daunting difficulty in my view, nevertheless considering the very skilled style you treated the issue took me to jump with fulfillment. Extremely grateful for the advice and then expect you comprehend what a great job that you’re putting in training the rest all through your site. Most likely you’ve never met all of us.


learn more November 6, 2019 at 6:19 am

I get pleasure from, result in I found just what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye


Learn More Here November 6, 2019 at 4:50 am

It is in point of fact a nice and useful piece of info. I am happy that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.


read more November 5, 2019 at 9:21 am

Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.


learn more November 5, 2019 at 8:14 am

Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very useful info specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.


website November 5, 2019 at 8:10 am

Keep functioning ,remarkable job!


click here November 5, 2019 at 7:20 am

I truly wanted to post a brief comment to be able to thank you for some of the lovely pointers you are sharing at this site. My incredibly long internet search has at the end of the day been honored with excellent facts and techniques to share with my good friends. I ‘d express that most of us site visitors are really lucky to exist in a wonderful site with so many special people with insightful tips and hints. I feel rather blessed to have come across your site and look forward to so many more entertaining moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for all the details.


visit November 5, 2019 at 6:43 am

I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, but I never discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. It¡¦s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content material as you did, the internet can be much more useful than ever before.


Read More November 5, 2019 at 5:38 am

Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks


Going Here November 5, 2019 at 5:30 am

Thanks , I have recently been searching for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve found out till now. But, what concerning the bottom line? Are you sure about the source?


Click Here November 5, 2019 at 3:56 am

My husband and i felt now lucky that Raymond could round up his research out of the ideas he came across using your web site. It’s not at all simplistic just to choose to be giving freely strategies people today may have been making money from. And we also figure out we’ve got you to be grateful to for that. All of the explanations you made, the easy web site menu, the relationships you help instill – it’s most sensational, and it’s really letting our son in addition to us believe that that situation is pleasurable, and that’s extremely important. Thanks for everything!


Click Here November 5, 2019 at 3:54 am

I¡¦ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this site. Studying this information So i¡¦m happy to exhibit that I’ve a very excellent uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most indisputably will make certain to don¡¦t put out of your mind this web site and give it a glance regularly.


Got a question or an opinion for this article? Share it with us!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *