Not many can rival Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert, Contributing Fashion Editor to W Magazine and Senior Fashion editor at Vogue Japan, when it comes to wearing sequins. By day or by night, Battaglia Engelbert’s sequin ensembles are the epitome of high-wattage chic.

Sequins goes hand-in-hand with the festive season and for ageless party style, here are some ‘grown up’ ways to shine bright – and look more ‘Giovanna’ than ‘Tina Sparkle’:

  • Balance is key to wearing ‘grown-up’ sequins.  Wear one statement piece either top or bottom.
  • Opt for for classic and simple silhouettes – avoid over-the-top styles at all costs.
  • For formal events when full-wattage shine is acceptable, avoid looking like a disco ball with clean lines and simple, classic designs.
  • When it comes to accessorising and beauty don’t OD on the dazzle – under-statement is vital.

Shine Bright in Sequin Top

For formal events, pair a sequin top with classic cut pants; for casual soirees jeans are a modern and ageless choice.

Stella McCartney ‘Rosie’ sequin jumpsuit $2159.40, David Jones;

Danni Minogue Petites sequin tank, $30, www.target.com.au

Shimmering Restraint

Sass & Bide’s striped asymmetrical sequin skirt is the perfect amount of dazzling restraint – especially when paired with a simple silk cami.

Skirt $550 and silk cami $290, Sass & Bide

Add Shimmer to Staples

Amp up the style volume to a chic wardrobe staple – palazzo pants. Pair with a simple silk cami and tuxedo jacket.

Boo Hoo ‘Kate’ wide-legged pants $70

Razzle Dazzle

Pair head-to-toe dazzle with simple, understated accessories and beauty looks.


Layla Jones sequin gown $410, David Jones

Cue sequin dress $350

Rachel Gilbert ‘Inga’ gown $1299, David Jones

Sass & Bide sequin ‘Sunset maxi, $1200


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