Ladies, welcome to my favourite section of my wardrobe… sequins!
From a young age, I’ve been drawn to the glitz and glamour of a pailette, a rivet and a shimmer… and nowadays the high street offers so many affordable sequin pieces that I’m spoiled for choice.
The first sequin jacket I ever bought was when I was filming in Australia with Susannah, and I had a spare five minutes so of course I went shopping… I found this beautiful Alexander McQueen-inspired jacket from a brand called Willow, and fell in love instantly. The sequins, the structure, the cut… everything about it is perfect and it brings me so much joy whenever I wear it.
Sequins never fail to make me happy, and whenever I’m tired, I wear them to lift my mood and appear more awake. One of my favourite designer sequin jackets I own is from Miu Miu, circa 2005. I spotted it across the room in the sale at Harvey Nichols, and got it for 80% off. It’s a beautifully made jacket and the flow of it is just exquisite. It is slightly snug across my chest now but I still style it up, and keep it away from Lyla’s prying eyes…
Before I splash out on designer pieces, I take inspiration from the high street. The trick to finding a lovely sequin outfit is to look at the quality of the sequins. I take the sequin’s shape, colour and size into consideration, because if the sequin looks expensive, the outfit will too. I adore my sequin jacket I got from Topshop with the circular, golden rivets. They catch the light in the right way, and make any outfit look luxurious.
Ladies, if you’re worried about looking too formal or dressed up in sequins, do what I do and wear them with jeans and a white shirt… it will change your life…
As many of you know, Zara is one of my favourite high-street stores to buy sequins from. The Balmain-inspired shoulders on their jackets are divine, and I love the cut. To complement my Zara sequins, I went to Berwick Street and got a gilet made from a sequinned fabric because I could not find one anywhere. Although it was expensive to have made, a designer version would easily have cost ten times as much. Sequins are always an excellent investment.
I often buy a sequinned outfit purely for the sparkle, and tailor it after. I cut off sleeves, cut out lining or tuck in collars… nothing gets in between me and a special sequin.
And ladies, sequins don’t have to be limited to tops and jackets. My red-orange pair of sequinned trousers from Halpern are perfect for styling up with a bright orange coat, as the sequins are so small, they’re not overpowering. Dress them down with a white trainer and voila… easy sparkles you can wear everyday.
It makes me sad to think that many of you may have sequins in your wardrobe that you only wear on special occasions. If you have expensive pieces that you save for a Christmas party, like my Alice Temperley jumpsuit, why not wear them to the office with a white shirt? Embrace the sparkle, ladies, and give yourself a new lease of life.