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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.

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