Down With Disco Balls: 7 Non-Cheesy Ways To Wear Sparkles

The holidays are, without a doubt, the sparkliest couple of weeks of the entire year. And, after those many days and nights of party dressing, we can't blame you if you've grown a bit tired of wearing sequins, spangles, and all manner of shiny bits and bobs.
Still, we have the whole rest of the year to wear non-reflective clothing. And, since nothing says fancy like a little bit of shine, we rounded up seven genius ways to sport sparkles without feeling like a disco ball — or, worse, an '80s prom date. Don't believe us? Click ahead for the most gorgeous, modern, elegant ways to embrace the shine.
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Sheer was made for sparkly. — If you can find a sheer, sparkly slip dress like Ms. Kloss' here, you've hit the glamour-girl trifecta. It's elegant and a little bit silent-film star, but, unlike last year's Gatsby, it doesn't feel at all costume-y.

Free People Starry Night Slip, $78, available at Free People.
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Keep the rest of your look low-key. — I mean, you are wearing a sea-green, sexy mermaid dress, so no need to overdo it on the beauty look. Your everyday hair and makeup are the coolest way to go here — with maybe a little bit more cat-eye than usual.

Topshop Sequin Velvet Slip Dress, $136, available at Nordstrom.
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A little dab'll do. — The main difference between an elegant, modern sequined gown and one that looks like it escaped from the Dynasty wardrobe department is the number of spangles. So, stick to a minimum scattering of the shiny stuff (and, while you're at it, go ahead and skip the poufy shoulders, too).

Philosophy Sleeveless Embroidered Gown, $2,695, available at Shopbop.
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Don't be afraid to blush. — Pink-on-pink evening wear — we know, it sounds a little cloying. But, it's the shapes that make the difference here: A sporty, spaghetti-strap tank with a sleek pencil skirt is forever simple and elegant.

River Island, $63.52, available at ASOS.
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Grunge, meet glam. — An oversized flannel, parka, or army jacket is just the thing to keep a sequined jumpsuit from feeling too Studio 54 (all due respect to the Grace Joneses and Bianca Jaggers of the world).

Sparkle & Fade Sequin Jumpsuit, $79, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Take it low. — Shiny doesn't have to be in your face. A silver- or gold-metallic ankle sock is the coolest way to zhush up your most basic LBD and heels.

Tabio for Opening Ceremony Metallic Sparkle Socks Gift Pack, $35, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Pair 'em with winter whites. — Instead of basic black, try sporting your sequins with soft gray, white, and other neutrals for a look that's pure ice princess (even if you're a complete disaster on skates).

Zara Sequinned Sweater, $79.90, available at Zara.
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