The thought of sparkling in sequins at this time of year is always very tempting, and the sequin dress magically appears in most stores in some way shape or form, from designer sequin dresses to cheap and cheerful (or not).
I recently had occasion to try a few on, looking, and I realise this may sound slightly strange, for a black tie event I’ve been invited to in a couple of months’ time, and knowing that if I didn’t find something now I’d be looking at spring/summer dresses early next year which wouldn’t fit the bill where I was going to be. Let me put it this way……….it’s likely to be cold, festive and mountainous and no, I’m not planning on wearing my stellar dress on a ski slope.
One thing that was immediately obvious was that sequins can be incredibly unflattering. A badly cut dress will show every lump and bump you possess and don’t be fooled by a changing room mirror. Sequin dresses have an alarming habit of making you look larger than you are, so if you really want to sparkle you need to make sure that a) the dress you choose is cut well, b) it’s shaped to flatter your body and c) when you look at the floor after trying it on the floor is not covered in little shimmering discs.
Another thing to bear in mind is your height/width ratio, as a sequin dress is likely to make you look wider. So a size 14 dress on someone who is 5’8 will look very different to a size 14 dress if you’re 5’2”. And if you choose a lighter colour sequin dress it will make you look wider still, so keep the height/width ratio in mind.
Having said all of that there are some gorgeous dresses out there, perfect for everything from pre Christmas cocktails to New Year’s Eve. And some are extremely tempting……………………………