Hidden Sequins

by jennine on September 30, 2009


Do you love sequins, but don’t know exactly how you can wear them all the time? I know, I know, deep thoughts here. But I do think about this stuff! I love sequins, I want to wear them all the time… but sometimes, I don’t want to look like a Vegas grandma on a night with the ‘ladies’. As appealing as that sounds. Surprisingly, I only own a few sequin pieces. And I do love them but the main problem I face is how to actually wear them in real life.

Then the answer came… I have a sequin tube top, and most of the time it lays around because I’m thinking ‘What can you really do with sequin tube tops? Really?’ It has the thickness of a sweater, but if I wear it, chances are, I have bare arms and shoulders. . However, the sparkles are great, and it did  come for cheap, I picked this black sequin tube top at the flea market for $1. And I’ve seen boxes of them in vintage shops for $10. One of the ways I’ve been experimenting with lately is to wear sequin tubes like belts… Belly warmers… Midriff covers… Obviously I need to take a trip to the clothing naming department, perhaps I’ll pick up a clever name like ‘jeggings.’

The tube worn as belt made it easy to show a little bit of shape as well as add the comfort of warmth… these days the chill is starting to blow in, and I need all the secret layers I can get.


Yeah, I probably wont survive the Chicago winter. Anybody in California got a spare room? Oh yeah, my mom does, I better give her a call.

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1 elleannn September 30, 2009 at 9:59 am

Where did you get your boots?!
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2 jennine September 30, 2009 at 10:00 am
3 georgienyc September 30, 2009 at 10:00 am

love that belt. where’s it from? sequins were definitely one of the big trends at NY fashion week. scroll down to see our faves… am 100% obsessed with the oscar de la renta….sigh….http://www.what2wearwhere.com/blog/post/2009/09/18/-NY-Fashion-Week-Spring-2010-Pt-2.aspx

4 Bridget September 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

Cummerbund perhaps?

So emphasize on the winter situation. Although I do appreciate the opportunity to wear a sequined beret because is “necessary.”
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5 Alicia September 30, 2009 at 10:45 am

Great idea! One of my sequined granny vegas shirts has been languishing in my closet. For some reason, I never thought to throw a blazer over it until just now…now I feel slow. LOL. =D

6 Sonja September 30, 2009 at 10:47 am

I love it! I’m such a sucker for sparkly things (yes, just like Homer Simpson). I love your creative idea. I think “belly warmer” is the perfect name. And you know, you can market these to pregnant woman who buy those little tube tops for their bellies so they can keep wearing some of their non-preggers shirts for awhile. I think they’re called belly bands. I love all the blue, too. Hope you’re loading up on sweaters for the winter. Be sure to get a good supply of long underwear, too. :)

7 Betsey J September 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm

love the sequins and the layering job you did!
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8 Andrea September 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Love a bit of sequins peaking out on any outfit…so fab! I have a sequin tank I have been trying to work into my wardrobe - this gives me some inspiration!
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9 dreamsequins September 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Despite my moniker of choice, I don’t always run around wearing sequins. But you look amazing on the layered sequin look. There are all sorts of embellishments for fall that don’t look as Vegas shiny- such as matte paillettes for texture and subtle shimmer… and also the idea of layering mesh over the sequin outfits to mattify. You can definitely come up with creative ways to don the sequin. Speaking of which… I do have a Topshop sequin dress that I’ve been dying to debut…..

Tis the season of the sequin!
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10 Sabrina Krejci September 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I have a sequin headband that I made as part of my Halloween costume last year (I was a flapper girl) and I still wear it all the time!! Sequins are great in moderation, to much at one time and you look like a vegas showgirl.

Don’t give up on Chicago just yet. I know it was cold yesterday and that won’t be the worst of it this fall/winter, but there is no other better place to live (myopnion at least:)
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11 Sal September 30, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Ach, brilliant. What a fantastically subtle way to wear your sequins! I love my sequined tops, and can’t wait for it to get a bit colder so I can bust out the sequined skirt. Somehow, it seems like a winter item to me …
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12 Make Do Style September 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Good layering - is it a tube belt or tummy warmer. You see I’m struggling to think of a jeggings like term!
Whatever it is a stroke of sheer fashion genius, looks fab.
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13 jennine September 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm

❤ georgie…ooh it’s from my thrifting run… i’ll do the update on what i’m wearing i a sec.
❤ bridget..oooh that would work, but i would think that would be something more for tuxedos….
❤ alicia…soo glad you’re with me on this… those sequins gotta come out!
❤ sonja…ooh i had no idea! that’s great! do you think pregnant women would want sequin belly warmers?
❤ thanks betsy!
❤ andrea…ooh a sequin tank…that needs to be worn.
❤ dreamsequins…didn’t you wear mesh over sequins to the dress up party? i’m imagining it…but i better check. what a great idea.
❤ sabrina…aaawww well i won’t give up yet…today is much nicer, yesterday was just such a shocker.
❤ sal..oooh sequin skirt! i love it! and yes, it does seem more winter because that’s when we need someting to brighten up the day!
❤ makedo…lol we’re about equally as good name thinker uppers. ;)

14 Audi September 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm

What a great idea! This whole outfit is perfect, head to toe.
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15 eyeliah September 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I just wore a sequin tube top as a belt too ;-) actually I’v done it before as well for a costume, link here:
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16 eyeliah September 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

p.s. I am also happy you’ve been posting outfits again lately, the striped socks here are a cute touch.
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17 Kenza September 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm

great outfit, love the balance with the sequin top. i know what you mean, you can’t over do it other wise you’ll look like some old diva poser haha.
great blog :)
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18 ...love Maegan September 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I love it love it love it!!! I have an old sequin round scarf …that used to be a tight dress …that I altered into a skirt …then a tube …then when it stretched out too much, a scarf!! We so think alike ;) …I may need to learn more about that camera lens you were commented about …easier = better!
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19 fashionable palette September 30, 2009 at 5:58 pm

That belt is amazing!!
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20 Michelle September 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I love the peekaboo of the striped socks & all the layering you have going on here!

What about…oh, I don’t know, I won’t even try because the first thing I thought of was “telt” for tube belt. Sorry, Jennine, I’m not a namer!
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21 michelle September 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm

killer idea… i really want to try this!!! also, love the socks and still the boots!!!

22 enc September 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Very clever. I like the placement and the peekiness of it. Sequins can be so OTT, but not in this case. They don’t steal the look. They play off the boots and belt a bit, I think.
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23 Clare September 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Jennine, I thought I warned you about winter!! You gotta toughen up, lady! However, you look pretty spectacular in this particular outfit.
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24 jennine September 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm

❤audi! thanks love!
❤eyeliah…ooh thanks! i’m getting back into it! slowly…but still…
❤kenza….hahah sometimes i want to look like an old diva!
❤maegan…omg that sequin dress has nine lives!
❤michelle…i love these socks, been living in them for the past week… it’s kind of crazy realy.
❤enc..sequins can be ott, but thank you for saying i didn’t do it this time
❤clare, oooh you’ll have to take me coat shopping, i’m having a feeling it’s not going to work if i go alone.

25 Aurora September 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm

you look fab

26 Ambar September 30, 2009 at 11:44 pm

WOW! Thanks, I had thought of that, and decided that whatever sequined item I would buy, would just stay in my closet for-friking-EVER. So now I know. THANKS!

Btw I love your dark lips.
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27 Vint junky October 1, 2009 at 1:39 am

Love the stripy socks , too cute!
Ha, love the inventive belt idea…i’d recently taken to wearing a fur scarf as a funny peplum/skirt thing, but i don’t think it looked as good!
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28 Annie Spandex October 1, 2009 at 3:19 am

I love what’s going on with your socks!!
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29 Amy A October 1, 2009 at 4:08 am

It looks great with the rest of your outfit.

I used something very similar a while ago. It was actually the model’s idea. She brought it and it was a vintage boob tube too.


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30 missmilki October 1, 2009 at 5:41 am

Love this outfit, The sequin belt/bellywarmer is the icing on top. I love the layers and those boots are fabulous. I think it can be so much harder to be stylish in the cold, I end up wearing my fluffy warm dressinggown over my clothes half the time at home because I get so cold! Not so stylish! :)
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31 James October 1, 2009 at 9:49 am

I love the tubing belt — but I can tell you those are MURDER for us to clean here at work!

32 sarah von October 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

Genius you! I have a gold sequinned tank top that I’ve been trying to work into the everyday, you’ve given me some good ideas!
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