Sequins are no stranger to the red carpet. In fact, along with glamour and elegance, sparkles have been a mainstay on the awards show circuit since Mary Pickford wore a beautifully embellished dress to accept her Best Actress Oscar at the second-ever Academy Awards in 1930. But this year glimmered brighter than most. Alongside the lace that’s been so popular of late and the Old Hollywood fit-and-fare silhouettes that are always a hit, dresses cloaked in monochromatic sequins from top to toe were a big hit.
Clare Foy’s beribboned sequin dress in the perfect shade of cotton candy pink was one of my favorites of the night, and Viola Davis cut a striking figure in a sleek yellow sequin dress that was positively radiant. But it was Ruth Negga’s silver Louis Vuitton look that inspired me to incorporate more sequins into my everyday wardrobe. I love to dress up, and I see no reason to save my sparkliest possessions for special occasions alone. Why not wear a sequin dress to work, layered over a turtleneck and topped with a leather jacket to dress it down a bit? And what about the effortless combination that is sequins and a sweatshirt? All one has to do is look at one of Jenna Lyons’ greatest hits to be convinced.
If you’re as eager as I am to hop on the sequin bandwagon—and why wouldn’t you be? It’s a very sparkly bandwagon—scroll down to see the rest of my red carpet inspiration and a round-up of a few sequin looks suitable for everyday wear.