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The Lust List: Sparkle, Sparkle

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Sequins are a Catch-22. On the one hand, they’re sparkly, pretty, and fun. On the other hand, they’re in the rhinestone family, which is nothing but tackiness. The solution? Just go for it – but style it carefully. No one wants to look like a disco ball, or worse, a Vegas call girl (ahem, like this DON’T, below).

Annalyne McCord is a don’t. Courtesy of Go Fug Yourself.

Sequined miniskirts first popped up in magazines and on runways last fall, but, at the time, I was still hesitant to drop the cash for this much-desired sequined mini.

This fall’s magazines and look books have confirmed that sequin skirts are here for another year. And this time, I won’t be able to resist. Here’s the best news: The new fashion consensus is that, if styled correctly, sequin skirts are acceptable for night, day, and even at the office. Here’s how to pull it off …

Sequins at Night

For a sparkly night out on the town, pair a sequined mini with a solid colored top, like a silk blouse or cotton tank. Make sure the top isn’t too tight, as sequined skirts are typically form-fitting. Add long, layered necklaces and a fun cocktail ring. Pair with pumps, gladiator sandals, or ankle booties.

Sexy, fun, not slutty.

Sequins During Daytime

For day, dress down your sequined skirt. Try a casual cotton tee—like a long-sleeved tissue tee from J.Crew or a casual V-neck pocket tee from Hanes or Urban Outfitters. If it’s chilly, throw on a long belted boyfriend cardigan or a leather jacket. Minimize jewelry since the skirt is enough sparkle for daytime. Wear knee-high boots, Oxfords, or ballet flats. (Purchase the skirt below at Shop Bop, here).

Weekend Casual. Courtesy of Shop Bop

Sequins at the Office

Believe it or not, you have a few options here. First things first, if you’re leggy like Miss Becca, make sure your sequined skirt is an appropriate fingertip length. I like it worn belted with a tissue tee, a wool blazer, and Oxfords, as shown in this shot from the J.Crew fall look book. Another option is a classic, crisp white button-down with tights and ballet flats.

This skirt will soon be in my closet. Photo courtsey of J.Crew

Sequins Day to Night

For a day-to-night look, I like a simple silk blouse, tights, and black patent pumps.

Perfect for dinner or happy hour after work.

This is important: When purchasing a sequin mini, make sure you see it in person, to ensure its quality; sequins can bend, break, and fray easily. If you’re going for a cheaper sequined mini, stick to black, which masks a lower-quality-but-still-fun piece from somewhere like Forever 21. There are several cute, affordable black options here, here, and here. And a navy option, here.

And finally, embrace it! It’s fun to sparkle.

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