When thinking of holiday outfits one simple thing comes to mind: the Rudolph dress I wore once in when I was 7 that had a light up nose run by a battery pack. Kidding. It’s sequins. Not everyone can pull off a side ponytail & dress run off a battery pack combo. Parties and festive gatherings are the most frequent and most acceptable places to wear sequins. That and 21st birthday parties when you don’t know any better. But I digress…
According to a Smithsonian Magazine article, sequins date back to the ancient Egyptians and were found on the garments of King Tut. It is believed the discs would ensure his financial stability in the afterlife. They were used by many cultures and were even believed to ward off evil spirits. Old Victorian sequins would even melt to the human body if the weather conditions were too hot or too wet. One of the coolest evolutions of sequins came from a man who worked at Kodak who developed acetate sequins inspired by the popular acetate film. Now they are made of a plastic vinyl which is much less cool.
Sequins take on a new life around holiday time but aren’t strictly for the party scene. When done right they can be worn just about anywhere even the office. I would tread lightly when wearing them to the office. Pick appropriate pieces like a jacket or a pencil skirt paired with a basic tee, sweater, or jeans. Pairing the sparkly wonders with solid color basics will make them more eye-catching focal point rather than a full on questionable choice. Sequin dresses need not apply, please don’t try to wear one of those to the office…My advice (and how I approach sequins) less is more. Choose one piece covered in the sparkly stuff and no more than that. If you’re not daring enough go for something understated or just a handbag.
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