Between glitzy grandmas, pageant queens, Vegas bachelorette parties, New Year’s Eve clichés, and the 1980s, sequins often get a lousy reputation. Sure, they’re shiny and jazzy, but they don’t have to be tacky—or reserved for nights at the club. In fact, sequins can look extremely chic any time of day when styled in a modern way.
Don’t buy it? Even top designers including Rodarte, J. Crew, and Jill Stuart showcased colored sequins on casual silhouettes for fall, while bloggers and editors are embracing shimmer by grounding look-at-me pieces with basics like faded denim, neutral knits, and crisp cotton.
The result? Outfits that stand out from the crowd but won’t leave you looking like a disco ball.
Click through the gallery for 24 looks that’ll inspire you to break out your sequins before cocktail hour.