Shine on, sister

We’re over halfway through November. Which of course means the festive season is in full swing. Christmas songs are playing on the radio, the most gigantic Christmas tree is standing loud and proud near my office and the shops are full of sequins. Christmas should start in December. Now’s too early. Way too sodding early. BUT… I do love sequins.

If you’re struggling with what to wear for your work Christmas party, buy something covered in sequins. You’ll wear it again and again. About three years ago, I bought a sequinned mini skirt from H&M. It cost £15 and I definitely got my money’s worth – I’ve worn it to Christmas parties, festivals, on holiday and to work.

I’m not suggesting that you turn up to your work do looking like you stepped off the set of Dynasty. I’m talking about a splatter of sequins. A spangly top or a shimmery skirt that you feel really comfortable in. The key is to dress sequins down.

Personally, my favourite look is a sequinned mini skirt with a woolly jumper, black tights and biker boots. I also really like this lairy look from Alice and Olivia. It’s probably about a million quid so here are some affordable ways to shine like a disco ball.

Warehouse topI spied this during my lunch break last week. I couldn’t stop stroking it. Stroke one way for silver and the other for different colours. It’s unashamedly sparkly, making it perfect for peacocking – no wilted mistletoe needed here.

Ombre Sequin T-shirt, Warehouse, £55

Oasis skirtLast winter, Holly Willoughby caused a stir in a skirt a bit like this. She Instagrammed a photograph of herself wearing a £120 Anthropologie sequinned pencil skirt and then it sold out. Thankfully this year we’ve got plenty to choose from. I like this one the most.

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This shape is really similar to my previously mentioned bargain H&M skirt. I don’t know why but it’s really flattering. It’s like the light hits the sequins and they turn into a magical shield that conceals your lumps and bumps.

Lipsy Sequin Stripe Mini Skirt, Next, £44

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This notch lapel blazer has ruched sleeves and is pink. PINK. You could wear it with leather leggings, a vest top and spiky heels and look like a rock star. Or you could wear it with jeans, a t-shirt and trainers and still look like rock star.

Punk Sequin Ruched Sleeve Blazer, River Island, £65

Wallis‘Hello is this the 1970s? Oh it is. Brilliant. I’m just calling to let you know that I’m popping back to join you for a bit of D.I.S.C.O’. These spectacular flares are also great for dancing to house, hip hop and The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York.

Main image: Sharon McCutcheon 
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