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What Goes With a Sequin Slip Dress?

by Stacey Kole

The sequin slip dress is one of the most versatile party pieces you can own, because it's easily accessorized in a multitude of ways. Certain occasions might call for simplicity, while other events might let you push the fashion envelope. Forget one-size-fits-all styling – from sophisticated to urban, there’s a sequin look that's right for you.

Chic and Simple

Whether your sequin slip dress is black, metallic or brightly hued, a simple styling approach always fits the bill. Wear either a high strappy sandal or a peep-toe or d’orsay pump in a neutral hue to keep the attention on your glittery frock. For example, pair a silver sequin dress with sheer black stockings, brushed silver pumps and a studded miniaudiere clutch in a matching tone for a monochromatic look. Or, go bare legged in red sequins with nothing but a nude heel. Keep jewelry to a minimum with this type of styling – think simple metallic hoops or drop earrings and a single bangle.

Rocker Glam

Edge up your sequin slip dress with leather adornments. Start with a multicolored sequin dress or one with an ombre effect, such as gold to bronze or burgundy to black. Then top it with a leather motorcycle jacket and opaque black tights. For footwear, dress up the look with high-heel suede ankle booties or go gritty and urban with flat moto-style boots. This kind of notice-me styling calls for minimal jewelry – simple rhinestone studs are all you need – or simply skip the bling all together and let your rocker look speak for itself.

Sophisticated Lady

A black or navy sequin slip dress takes on sophisticated elegance when topped with a tuxedo-style black jacket. To pull off this look, be sure your dress fits snugly to avoid appearing boxy. Wear black open-toed heels with ankle straps or a simple patent-leather pump; sheer hosiery is optional. Since your outfit is sparkly enough, steer clear of rhinestones or gems and instead reach for gold accents, like a gold cocktail ring and thin, dangly earrings.

Pop of Color

Any neutral sequin dress – from silver to black to white – can be effectively styled by introducing a bold pop of color. Try a black sequin frock with hot-pink satin pumps or a pair of purple suede booties. Sometimes your dress is full of color on its own – think pewter sequins intermixed with emerald, blue and fuchsia for a multicolored effect. Embrace the color in your slip dress by pulling out one hue for your bag, footwear or both. Try dark tights with a medium sheerness under the dress for a conservative contrast to your otherwise daring, colorful look.

About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.

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