How to Do Summer Sequins

The tiny, sparkly addition that makes any outfit 1,000 times better.

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Sequins: we're used to seeing them for fall and winter—the shiny little things are synonymous with the season. But, for summer? Yes! It's happening! Designers got more than a little bit carried away with them for spring/summer.

Tibi, Lanvin, Paco Rabanne, Prada, and Rodarte were among those who decided to ditch the traditional florals in favor of some bling. And it feels surprisingly fresh—especially worn almost head-to-toe, as at Tibi, in blocks of white, black, or maroon (this is probably the look we will be adopting first).

Swap the floral summer dress for a sequin summer dress! Paco Rabanne spring/summer 2016. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images
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Try not to think about it in party dressing terms—instead, look to dress the sequin down. Search for them in serene color palettes, rendered in easy shapes, layering them with basic pieces such as a cotton T-shirt (worn beneath), or try adding some simple sneakers.

Summer bling from Lanvin, spring/summer 2016. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images
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"I like it when sequins are worn with a sense of ease," confirms London-based designer Markus Lupfer, who is arguably the reigning king of sequin style in fashion (his signature knits and T-shirts boast an archive's worth of sequin motifs, from lips to poodles, often with witty slogans). He says sequins should be effortless, and suggests a sequin sweater (one of his, naturally!) over a light summer dress.

Now that you know how to wear summer sequins, here are the pieces you should add to your basket! 

Navy Wet Weather Cycle Sequin Emma Jumper, $380, markuslupfer.com.

Just as the designer himself instructs: find yourself a sequin knit and add it to a light summer dress. This one, with its wet-weather cycle motif, is all too appropriate for a British summer!

Sequined crepe shorts by Tibi, $750, net-a-porter.com.
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This was the label that, at the beginning of the season, made us entirely reconsider the sequin as something that could be fresh and modern. Team with a tucked-in plain white T-shirt with simple plimsolls. It's summer in a look.

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Wear this head-turning piece with a vintage T-shirt and slip on your sliders.

Floral Printed Top by Marques'Almeida, $410, brownsfashion.com.
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So, yes, they might be an alternative to floral decoration, but you can wear sequins and florals together, too. In keeping with our new modern approach to wearing sequins, though, make sure your accompanying skirt or pants are in a simple block color. Of course, you can't go wrong with denim either.  

Sequin Embellished Ballerinas by Lanvin, $595, mytheresa.com.

When a classic sundress needs a bit of a helping style hand, these are sure to bring it. But that's enough sequins for one outfit, please. 

Ombre Sequin Bomber Jacket, $135, mytheresa.com.
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Avoid the kitsch factor that this jacket could potentially lend your outfit by teaming it with a white vest and white denim jeans. There's already a lot going on, so get the balance just right. 

Sequined Maxi Dress, $70, hm.com.

Swap summer's favorite boudoir slip dress for something drenched in sequins. Wear with sneakers or sliders. 

Sequins and Leather Baby Tote by Vanessa Bruno, $260, monnierfreres.com.

The easiest way to bring sequins into your life this summer is with a bag—and this one has just the right amount of shine to make it feel modern, too. Which, remember, is what we're going for here!

Blouse With Sequined Yoke, $50, zara.com.

With just a small smattering of sequins here, you could go all out on sequins elsewhere in the look—a miniskirt, worn with the shirt untucked, or a pencil skirt, worn with the shirt tucked in, are two ways to go.

Celia Sequined Strappy Dress, $215, usa.frenchconnection.com.

One to wear on the beach as it is with a pair of flip-flops; or one to wear with a white cotton T-shirt beneath and a pair of clogs. Easy. 

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