5 Non-Basic Ways To Wear Sequins This New Year's Eve

Okay, okay. As you may have already read, many of us here at Refinery29 are pushing for sequin abstinence this New Year’s Eve. We share this sentiment with our readers knowing that many of you will choose to ignore it. And hey, if it doesn’t feel like New Year’s without a good dose of sparkling paillettes, who are we to judge? Sometimes, a girl just wants to shine.

If you do choose to participate in sequin-mania this December 31, all we ask is that you do so responsibly. Because, in our opinion, sequins are like the foods at the top of the pyramid: One should enjoy them sparingly, otherwise they might get sick. In layman's terms: wearing sequins is all about the mix, and one shiny piece can look perfect when worn with a simple T-shirt, casual sneakers, or even a cashmere sweater.

And don’t worry! We have examples! Here's five that will allow you to practice safe sequins for a healthy and happy New Year’s Eve.

Plain and simple, a sequined skirt mixed with a classic, cashmere sweater is sophisticated. Hey, you can even re-wear this to work come January 2.

Zara Draped Skirt with Sequins, $119, available at Zara; Everlane The Cashmere Crew, $100, available at Everlane; Alexander Wang Party Animal Mini Ryan Dust Bag, $325, available at Alexander Wang; Alumnae Soft X-slide Block Heel Sandal, $288.99, available at Need Supply; Leigh Miller Double Whirlpool White Bronze Earrings, $300, available at Mode Sens.
Balance out the wow-factor of full-on sequin pants with a simple white T-shirt and black kitten heels. And if you can't resist the sparkle, add some extra shine through your accessories, like a rhinestone chain necklace or sequined pouch.

Diane Von Furstenberg Skinny Sequin-embellished Trousers, $998, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Hanes x Karla The Crew, $30, available at x Karla; Kendall + Kylie Michelle Small Shopping Bag, $95, available at Shopbop; Justine Clenquet Joe Hanging Rhinestone Chain Necklace, $100, available at Opening Ceremony; Tibi Frank Mules, $400.00, available at Tibi.
The mixed colors on this bodysuit make it a little less in-your-face, meaning you can go even more all-out with the rest of the outfit. For us, that means adding in some printed pants, colorful shoes, and dangling earrings.

Cushnie et Ochs Supernova Lenora Embellished Silk-chiffon Bodysuit, $925, available at Net-A-Porter; Miaou Tommy Velvet & Denim Stripe, $395, available at Miaou; Saint Laurent Patent Small Kate Clutch, $797, available at Ssense; & Other Stories Multi-circle Link Earrings, $29, available at & Other Stories; Amelie Pichard Audrey Velvet Green, $349.91, available at Amelie Pichard.
Sequins and sneakers. What else could you want?

J.Crew Collection Tie-shoulder Sequin Dress, $298, available at J.Crew; Céline Baroque Earrings, $1,650, available at Céline; L.Erickson Large Sash Bow Ponytail Holder, $48, available at France Luxe; Converse Chuck 70 Low Top, $80, available at Nike; Mansur Gavriel Vegetable Tanned Circle Crossbody, $695, available at Mansur Gavriel.
Wear this sparkly blouse open over an all-black ensemble. It's part-pajama party, part-ready-to-party.

Ashish Sequined Cotton Shirt, $1,440, available at Net-A-Porter; Rag & Bone/JEAN Straight, $210, available at Aritzia; Topshop Strappy Bodysuit, $22, available at Topshop; Proenza Schouler Mini Cube, $595, available at Proenza Schouler; by FAR Shane Metallic Dark Blue, $462.59, available at by FAR Shoes.
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