Shiny Days - sequins for the eye
They glitter, shine and sparkle with every movement: Sequins.
Made of feather-light plastic, they are sewn onto the fabric, glued on or knitted in during manufacturing; this is how sequined fashion is made especially in things like a sporty sweater.
Once intended only as party clothing and for nice events, sequins are now suitable for daily use. It is a glittering trend that brightens up our everyday lives, that can be worn by everyone and is anything but stuffy.
The term sequin is French and means ‘stains of metal’.
Originally, they were made from flat-rolled wire rings and painstakingly sewn close to the fabric by hand. This meant that the garments not only had considerable weight, but were also very expensive, often taking months for the tailors to finish an elaborate dress.
In the twenties, sparkly fashion had its climax. However, the women had so many pearls and sequins sewn onto their clothes that they were almost depressed by their weight. They wanted to show what they looked glamorous and above all - attract attention.
Sequins are glamorous and have lost nothing of their elegant image, even today. But, they have indeed become suitable for daily use.
With purposeful re-styling, one could even go into the office today in a sequin dress.
And this is how the re-styling works:
First of all, it must be noted that in everyday life several sequin pieces must never be worn together. No sequin top added to a sequin skirt - otherwise it looks like a New Year’s Eve party. It is also important that the pieces do not sit skin-tight on the body. Sequined clothing should fall loosely, this way one can create the desired casual look that makes the outfit suitable for everyday use.
A shiny, sequin piece has to be adapted for the office and working life with a creative break in style. Thick sweaters, sneakers, socks and knitted tights are best suited for this, so the desired modernity comes into play.
The desired coolness arises when a cuddly, coarse knit sweater is combined with a sequin skirt - preferably in the same colour as the skirt. Sneakers and thick pantyhose complete the monochrome styled look and the glittery item fits well into the office while also being able to be worn perfectly for a shopping spree.
For a meeting, the sequin skirt is combined with a simple blouse, cashmere jacket and pumps. It looks feminine, embodies power, determination and shows the assertiveness of its wearer.
The shiny sequin pants get their stylish contra through a thick, oversized sweater. A cool look, very individual and above all - absolutely hip. Another option: A double buttoned, hip-length cardigan with a casual striped shirt underneath. Sneakers, booties or ballerinas - that’s the look.
Sequin dresses with spaghetti straps are the easiest to restyle. With a narrow turtleneck underneath, the sexy New Year’s Eve dress becomes a minimalist, sporty office dress. Socks and sneakers or booties to go with it. Put on a pair of jeans or a bomber jacket in cool temperatures.
For dresses that only have sequin details, care should be taken that the details remain clearly visible and sometimes a short, boxy sweater is better than hip length in this scenario. Sneakers and booties also fit best here.
Small spaghetti tops and tight-fitting tops can also be quickly integrated into your everyday wardrobe. The required contrast is provided by jeans and slacks or cardigans and blazers, made of slightly rustic, wool fabric. Everything should be within the same colour family allowing for an effortless and perfect office outfit.
Sequins are a statement, but they are no longer reserved for parties and events - try them out at work, for shopping or lunching with friends. Shine bright under the sun or the disco ball.