Sequin dresses come in a variety of styles, starting with the arrangement of the sequins themselves. Depending on how fluid a look you want, sequins can be rigidly attached to the dress; sewn tight, they produce a fishtail, mermaid iridescent effect that – as an added bonus – increases the durability of the piece. Attached like this, the sequins are likely to keep intact for many wears, allowing you to enjoy the piece over the years, and not worry too much as you dance the nights away. On the other hand, when sequins are attached in a looser way, so that they hang from the dress, it produces a tasselled tapestry style. The key effect of this design is that the sequins are able to reflect much more light, producing an incredibly beautiful result. Swaying with your movement, these sequins will impress and hypnotize.

Depending on the design desired, sequins have the potential to be arranged into incredibly intricate designs. Florals, harlequin styles, geometric patterns; sequins can be incorporated into a whole range of styles, illustrating their versatility. Subtle changes in the sequin tone across a dress can produce a gorgeous ombre effect, playing into one of this year’s biggest trends. A sparse of use of sequins on an otherwise detailed dress, such as a tutu or Grecian style floaty chiffon dress, provides an interesting contrast and adds an extra hint of shine and glitter.

Sequins are a great choice for a Prom dress because they add an excitement that might otherwise need to come from expensive accessories and jewelry. A glittery shift dress in metallic bright tones is more than impressive enough, and accessorized simply, brings a sophistication and elegance. You can even, if you like, tone down the Hollywood effect of the sequins with a simple blazer or classic leather jacket. This will bring a casual element and nonchalance to your style, showing you don’t need to try to hard to look that fabulous. If you see a sequin shift dress and are wondering about how to break up the detail, a contrasting waist belt is the perfect solution: it will flatter your figure, calm down the colour, and yet highlight the sequins by juxtaposing them with another material.