A sequin dress, blazer, or skirt are quintessential holiday attire in my style book. Personally, I think a sequined garment is always a good idea, but if there is ever a time to sparkle and shine it’s definitely during this time of year. The problem I’ve always run into, though, when looking for a sequined dress is that they are either way out of my price range or they are cut for a newly turned 21 year old who is about to hit Vegas. I’m 37 and a mother of two, so a dress that looks ready to hit the clubs is not in the cards for me and there isn’t a lot of extra cash sitting around to spend on a garment that I cannot wear to a variety of occasions. While I love sparkly things as much as the next girl, let’s face it, a sequined dress isn’t the kind of garment that can be worn to just any old occasion, so when I started looking for one a few years ago I spent a great deal of time looking for one with a more classic, feminine silhouette so it would withstand the test of time and trends.
I’m actually wearing this dress backwards here; since I wanted a more timeless, sophisticated silhouette I like the effect of a more conservative collar line in the front. This certainly makes the dress a whole lot easier to pull off without having to worry about how far you are leaning over in mixed company. (What’s underneath is better left not exposed to everyone in the room.) Wearing the dress this way also creates a little element of surprise. I love the way the draped collar creates a bit of an exposed back without going too far. You can never go wrong with a little bit of sex appeal, right? Just make sure to not go overboard with how much skin you reveal. The key here is that the overall dress has a very feminine, classic feel so the draped back is just right rather than too risque.
Another great aspect of this dress is the slight draping where the bodice meets the skirt. There is a little bit of elastic right below the bodice to help create that effect, which you can further exaggerate by pulling the dress’ waistline slightly above your own. The draping adds to the femininity of the dress and is an easy way to hide a multitude of sins or a few too many bites of dinner or dessert at holiday functions, so you can continue to celebrate with comfort and confidence.
Here are a few more affordable and stylish sparkly options for this holiday season: