How to wear holiday sparkles without going overboard

Back in our SMU days, sparkly dresses were all the rage. A gold sequin mini dress was always a go-to for fraternity formals, and sequin mini skirts were essential for a night out. Like so many trends, sparkles went mainstream and soon enough straight to the thrift pile.


Well what goes around always comes back around, and sequins are once again having their moment. While an all-over sequin sheath may be festive for a New Years Eve celebration, finding the perfect balance of sparkle and formal for a Christmas party is essential. Check out our tips below on how to wear holiday sparkles without going overboard:

Choose A Beaded Design, Rather Than All-Over Sequins

As much as we love all-over sequins, this look can sometimes be a bit too much for a conservative affair. Choosing a beaded design not only adds weight to the fabric, but it also gives just the right amount of glitz to a dress.

Keep The Accessories Simple

Let your dress be the center of attention and keep the accessories to a minimum. If you love statement earrings like I do, choose a matte design or tassel to avoid contrasting metallics.

Keep It Conservative With Balance

To maintain the look of a cocktail party (and not a night out at the club), make sure to balance the shape of the dress. Shorter dresses should have a higher neckline to avoid showing too much skin, while low cut dresses should be a midi-hemline.

Save The Party For NYE

While a mirrored silver number is perfect for popping champagne at midnight on NYE, try to avoid a look that's overly festive for Christmas. Darker colors and subdued sparkles are always a safe bet!

Check out my beaded cocktail number below and shop our picks for the perfect holiday frock!


Get the Look:
Ella Moss Dress c/o // Christian Louboutin Heels (similar) // Gucci Handbag (vintage, similar) // Sunglasses // Kendra Scott Ring // Tassel Earrings (similar)

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