4 Ways to Pull Off Summer Sequins

Sparkle isn't just for the holiday season.
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Janelle - Smith College
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Sparkle isn't just for the holiday season.
Photos: 1, 2, 3 (via ELLE)

Photos: 1, 2, 3 (via ELLE)

There are a few things we associate very strongly with summer, and sparkle is not one of them. While traditionally paired with a killer red lip and reserved for Christmas and Thanksgiving parties, I have far too many sequined pieces in my wardrobe that only see life during the holiday season.

Solution: I've been styling my sparkly body-con dresses for everything from backyard barbeques to brunch. Here are four of my favorite ways to dress down sequins for summer:

1. You've Got to be Ked-ding Me

sequinned shorts and yellow keds

Product Information: Shirt - New Look, Shorts - New Look, Necklace - Wet Seal, Sneakers - New Look, Backpack - Wet Seal

Your favorite summer shirt-shorts-Keds combo is more versatile than you realize. Here, I've swapped denim cut-offs for these fun sequined shorts, but you could easily keep the bottoms and trade the shirt for a glittery alternative.

Because the sequined shorts instantly make a t-shirt look appropriate for a night out, I went with these fun lemon-colored Keds for an element of the unexpected. They're also a super-casual summer staple, so you could still wear these shorts to a campfire or barbeque.

2. Denim is Always a Good Idea

sequinned dress and denim jacket

Product Information: Dress - H&M, Jacket - Mango, Bag - Daily Look, Sandals - H&M

Nothing screams 'holiday parties!' louder than a gold sequined body-con dress, but if you're looking to give this statement dress a life outside of Christmas feasts, you can't go wrong with a denim jacket. It instantly makes this dress appropriate for casual get-togethers, and adds an element of the unexpected to the ensemble.

Body-con dresses of this variety are typically worn with heels, but the casual 'Sunday brunch' vibe of these sandals dresses everything down. I also love the look of Chanel's classic BOY bag because it blends edge and dainty femininity so well. This Daily Look alternative will give you the look without breaking the bank– score!

3. Just Pull on Your Boyfriend Jeans

sequinned top and boyfriend jeans

Product Information: Top - Boohoo, Jeans - Topshop, Bag - Urban Outfitters, Heels - ZARA, Necklace - Daily Look

The sequined bandeau top is a night-out staple, and therefore has to be one of the hardest items to dress down. Your best boyfriend jeans should do the trick– they can make anything look super-casual, even when paired with these strappy heels!

If a sequined bandeau top is something you'd absolutely never own, this trick also works for any elaborately hand-sequined tops you might have. 

4. Try a Romper

sequinned romper

Product Information: Romper - Boohoo, Bag - Nasty Gal, Sandals - New Look, Hat - New Look

If you prefer to express your love for sparkle more subtly, a romper with sequin detailing is a good compromise. This teal romper is such a fun, summery color, plus you won't have to fuss with separates!

Of course, I had to include some of my favorite summer style elements in this outfit–the grapefruit bag is kitschy enough to add interest, but won't steal attention from the sequin detail. A large, floppy hat goes well with everything, and I couldn't resist throwing in these adorable hot pink sandals.

What do you think?

Would you wear sequins during the summer? How do you make holiday season staples warm-weather-appropriate? What are some of your favorite ways to dress down night-out pieces? Let me know in the comments!