Trend Report: Sequins

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Molly Hannelly

Sequins are to garments what sprinkles are to ice cream. They add flavor, texture, and sparkle so extreme, there's rarely a need to accessorize when it comes to sequined garments. Designers have been utilizing sequins with precision this year, so let's take a look at what they've done and how you can use sequins for your own wardrobe.

Disco

In the 1970s, Disco took the world by storm as celebrities flooded into Studio 54. Leg slits, short skirts, and shimmer was the style. Designers are using a modern take on this American classic to inspire their latest collections. The iconic wrap dress of the 70s is remade by Blumarine in leopard print sequins, while Tadashi Shoji and Elie Saab showed eye-catching leg slits. Halpern showed a stunning mini dress that featured a daring hip cut out, and Haney's simple mini dress is brought to life with aquamarine sequins.

Blumarine | Pre-Fall 2019

Blumarine | Pre-Fall 2019

Elie Saab | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Elie Saab | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Halpern | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Halpern | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Haney | Pre-Fall 2019

Haney | Pre-Fall 2019

Tadashi Shoji | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Tadashi Shoji | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Do it right with disco:

Red Baby Sequins on Mesh

Red Baby Sequins on Mesh

Leopard Print Inspired Sequined Polyester

Leopard Print Inspired Sequined Polyester

Everyday Wear

Fondling a sequined garment most likely elicits images of dancing until dawn with people you met hours before, taking the last train home early on Sunday morning, and wearing more makeup than you'd like to admit. But some designers are taking sequins out of that box and bringing them into the sunlight with sequined garments you can wear on any given day. Cinq a Sept's sequined joggers might not be perfect for a run but would work well on a light jog to catch a taxi, while Les Copains shirt looks like something stolen from Emilio Estevez's character in The Breakfast Club, albeit with a little more sparkle and shine. Leonard's button-up blouse features a variety of sequins that are ready to go to work, and Prabal Gurung's stunning gamboge sequin dress is the perfect ensemble for brunch in the city. Temperley London's relaxed wrap dress in white sequins looks ideal for lounging around a beach house in early September or running to the corner store from some

Cinq a Sept | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Cinq a Sept | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Leonard Paris | Pre-Fall 2019

Leonard Paris | Pre-Fall 2019

Les Copains | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Les Copains | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Prabal Gurung | Pre-Fall 2019

Prabal Gurung | Pre-Fall 2019

Temperley London | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Temperley London | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Where these sequins every day:

Pink Circle Paillette Sequins on a White Mesh Backing

Pink Circle Paillette Sequins on a White Mesh Backing

Mocha Baby Sequins on Mesh

Mocha Baby Sequins on Mesh

Fitted

Some sequins are left to flow in the wind, gently reflecting light as the hang loosely from the body. But the best sequins, in my opinion, are the type that cling to the curves. Antonio Berardi shows why with a beautiful fitted skirt paired with a loose sweater, while Dundas plays with prints in a camo sequined dress.  Haney gives off 90's vibes with a vertical striped mini dress, while Blumarine opts for a champagne cocktail dress. Iceberg shows skills with a lime bodysuit of sequins, not the best for the beach but ideal for a beachside brunch.

Antonio Berardi | Pre-Fall 2019

Antonio Berardi | Pre-Fall 2019

Blumarine | Pre-Fall 2019

Blumarine | Pre-Fall 2019

Dundas | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Dundas | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Haney | Pre-Fall 2019

Haney | Pre-Fall 2019

Iceberg | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Iceberg | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Fit these fabrics:

Black and Gold Striped Sequin Fabric

Black and Gold Striped Sequin Fabric

Dusty Rose Sequined Stretch Velour

Dusty Rose Sequined Stretch Velour

Full Outfits

Typically, sequins make up just one part of an ensemble. A sequined blouse paired with jeans, sequined pants paired with a simple tank. But some designers are building entire outfits with sequined garments. Dundas fashions a sequined bralette and wide leg pants ensemble, ideal for dancing and dining, while both Jonathan Simkhai and LaQuan Smith have managed to convince me that sequins are professional business attire with stunning sequin suits. Prabal Gurung pairs pink and orange for a festive fashion and Rachel Zoe creates a lovely leisure suit of sequins paired with a sequin

Dundas | Pre-Fall 2019

Dundas | Pre-Fall 2019

Jonathan Simkhai | Pre-Fall 2019

Jonathan Simkhai | Pre-Fall 2019

LaQuan Smith | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

LaQuan Smith | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Prabal Gurung | Pre-Fall 2019

Prabal Gurung | Pre-Fall 2019

Rachel Zoe | Pre-Fall 2019

Rachel Zoe | Pre-Fall 2019

Deck yourself out in sequins:

Neon Green Paillette Sequins

Neon Green Paillette Sequins

Black Baby Sequins on Mesh

Black Baby Sequins on Mesh

Trim

Sequin trim can make a simple ensemble sophisticated, all with ease. Christian Dior creates a lovely pattern with square sequin appliques, while Dundas gives off some Grecian vibes with golden strips of sequins. Elie Saab utilizes abstract sequined appliques on a jumpsuit and jacket, while Richard Quinn gives a simple shift a lift with a sequined neckline. My personal favorite is Stella Jeans lovely Macaw applique on the perfect dress for relaxing at a tropical resort.

Christian Dior | Spring 2019 Couture

Christian Dior | Spring 2019 Couture

Dundas | Spring 2019 Couture

Dundas | Spring 2019 Couture

Elie Saab | Spring 2019 Couture

Elie Saab | Spring 2019 Couture

Richard Quinn | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Richard Quinn | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Stella Jean | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Stella Jean | Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Do it with all the trimmings:

Cobalt Sequin Butterfly Sew-On Applique - 6.5

Cobalt Sequin Butterfly Sew-On Applique - 6.5" x 8"

Gold Beaded and Sequined Neck Applique with Multicolor Stones - 7.5

Gold Beaded and Sequined Neck Applique with Multicolor Stones - 7.5"

What sequin style will you be rocking? Let me know in the comments!

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