By: Cathy Ann Sauer / Buyer, Nina Raynor
J. Mendel purple sequined dress
I think it starts when we are little girls. The sight of something catching the light with shimmer, catches our eye. I still watch for the ruby slippers every time “The Wizard of Oz” comes on. The grownup equivalent are red crystal covered Christian Louboutins, for $5,995. I guess we’re not in Kansas anymore.

There are oodles of options for adorning ourselves in sparkles; jewelry (of course), rhinestone clutches, studded belts, hats, boots, eye shadows, even hairspray. But the one that comes out this time of year is - sequins.

The origin of sequins goes back to the Mediterranean during ancient times. Coins, called sikka’s, were sewn onto women’s garments as a sign of wealth (and a place to keep the coins safe!). The trend was popular enough to evolve into other cultures and become the sequins we know today.

Sequin and feather gown by Naeem Khan
The festive feel of wearing sequins makes them a perfect holiday choice, but sequins are in vogue any time of year. And you don’t have to be a girly girl to love them. Contrasting textures always add interest to an outfit, so mixing casual with dressy sequins makes a stylish statement.

Whether you wear a little sequined tee peaking out of a sweater or a slinky sequined sheath that turns every head in the room, sequins are fun to pair and wear in a hundred ways. So much so that many designers embraced sequins for their 2012 resort and spring collections. Naeem Khan, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa and J. Mendel are just a few of the designer lines meant to bedazzle you with sequins. And Christian Louboutin has a more reasonably priced sequined platform pump for $1695.

So pick up a piece or two and add some sparkle to your wardrobe. You will be surprised at the many ways sequins can be worn, day or night!