How to wear sequins: it's the sparkly summer trend to try out

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Harriet Davey
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From sequin adorned skirts and sliders to dresses – this is how to add some sparkle into summer.

While we usually associate sequins with the “C” word, (it’s far too early to mention it yet) sparkly fashion pieces actually work way beyond the festive season. Yes that’s right, they work for summer too. 

Anyone who has the internet will have seen this year’s Met Gala and all the sparkly looks that came with it –from the likes of Anna Wintour in Chanel, to that Celine Dion Oscar De La Renta dress. Then there’s the 2019 Cannes Film Festival where Tilda Swinton hit the red carpet in a maxi embellished Haider Ackerman creation, and Eva Longoria went for pink. So. Many. Sequins. 

Of course we don’t all have A-list events to attend on the daily, so this is why sequins are not only perfect for wedding guest looks and after-dark soirées, they actually look just as good for daytime too.

Whether you go for a sequin midi skirt like the Olivia Rubin stripe, or the Mango check style in our edit below and team with a Persil-fresh white T-shirt and trainers. Or, you go for a subtle hint of sparkle with Paco Rabanne’s latest “It” bag, we guarantee you’ll embrace sequins for any occasion – even a trip to the supermarket will become more glamorous. Continue to see our top 10 sequin pieces that will put the sparkle into summer.

Zara dress with sequinned straps

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The slip dress is one of those staple pieces everyone should own. This showstopper is one of those items that’ll be at the forefront of your wardrobe for every dressy occasion year after year. Best part? It has pockets so no need for a handbag. 

£79.99, Zara

Paco Rabanne sparkle 1969 sequined faux leather shoulder bag

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Sometimes there’s a bag that may not be the most practical, but it becomes an ‘it’ bag all the same. This is what has happened to the Paco Rabanne chain handle, super sequinned style that wouldn’t look out of place in a Nineties rom-com. We approve. 

£790, Paco Rabanne

Shrimps Lucia sequinned mesh dress

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This has to be the dream wedding guest dress, or you know, just a sparkly summer dress for those days you feel like being a bit fancy. Either way, you’ll wear it on repeat. Team it with pink mules and chic hair accessories.

£450, Shrimps

Olivia Rubin Penelope striped sequinned skirt

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Midi skirts are universally flattering no matter your size, shape or height which makes this beauty even more of a winner. We’re imagining it as a daytime outfit with a white T-shirt, trainers and a matching lipstick. Note: it of course works for evening, too. 

£280, Olivia Rubin

Asos Edition floral embellished milkmaid mini dress

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Statement sleeves are a a key detail this season. Enter: The Asos Edition square neck milkmaid mini dress (it’s not as mini as it looks here in real life, trust us). Try styling it with simple jewellery and white strappy sandals. 

£150, Asos Edition

Bershka cycling shorts with mirrored sequins

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We’re aware cycling shorts are a tricky throwback Nineties trend as it is, and adding sequins into the mix may make them a little scarier, but hear us out. If you want to try out the trend that the likes of Chanel paraded down the s/s19 catwalk then keep the rest of the look simple – we’re talking a crisp white shirt and flip flops or chunky sandals

£17.99, Bershka

Galvan Whiteley sequin-embellished camisole

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Jeans and a “nice” top has been a successful outfit formula for decades, so why stop now? Add this sparkly cami to any jeans and you’ll get an instantly more glamorous outfit. Or add it underneath a shorts suit for a high/low daytime look that somehow works.

£475, Galvan

Accessorize Atlanta sequin sliders

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Want to be more subtle with your sequins? Opt for a pair of embellished sliders and we guarantee they’ll elevate any outfit – from a linen shirt dress to a belted swimsuit on the beach. 

£22.75, Accessorize

Mango sequin wrap skirt

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Combining many of summer’s key trends all in one flattering wrap midi skirt – this neon, checked, sequin skirt will be your go-to this season, and the next. 

£59.99, Mango

Rixo Tessa multi stripe sequin dress

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Have you ever seen a more summery dress? Answer: most probably not. This rainbow, shiny midi dress is one of those pieces you’ll keep in your wardrobe for a lifetime. Imagine the memories you’ll be able to make together!

£325, Rixo

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