For those of you into sequins, a pair of sequin pants, leggings, or joggers is a must for the holiday season, especially if you’re attending holiday events at a not-so-heated venue. Even for those of you who don’t usually care for sequins, you may just like the glamour and newness of sequined pants. Interestingly enough, I picked up my first pair of sequin leggings about 11 years ago and they are still perfect — truly a testimony to the timelessness of sparkly pants. In fact, we are updating this post that was first created over a decade ago. I was first inspired to write about sequin leggings when I saw a fabulous pair by Alice + Olivia that was featured in Vogue. Those Alice + Olivia leggings had a fantastic feel and weight that grazed the entire body. Alas, those leggings are only available in a few sizes on eBay, so let’s get you all a diverse selection of fresh sequin stems.
What To Wear With Sequin Pants
A sequin pant look can easily become a spectacle if you overdo it, but it can also become a disconnected flop if you underdo it. You really have to find that glorious middle ground. You want your sequin pants to feel sophisticated or push fashion forward.
Whether your sequin pant of choice is a legging, a jogger, or a more traditional pant style like a trouser, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind. To avoid a costumey look, do not add any other garment or accessory with sequins on it unless it was made to pair with your sequin pants (like this set from Bloomingdale’s). I also like to avoid bold prints with sequin pants so your outfit doesn’t get too busy. If you want full glamour, go with a bold silhouette (instead of a bold print) and try a solid-colored statement top with ruffles or balloon sleeves with your sequin pants. And to avoid the bore-fest, skip pairing a plain, white t-shirt with your sequins — this is a pet peeve of mine.
For proper sequin pants — aka straight-legged, flared, or trouser sequin pants — wear a cropped top or a tucked-in blouse. A bodysuit also works if you have a nice high-waisted sequin pant, like the ones we feature below. (I style sequin joggers similarly, but I go into that with a little more detail below.)
If your sequin pant of choice is a sequin legging, you want more coverage, so skip the crop tops and wear a collared tunic (as pictured above). You can also try a long sweater in the same color as your sequin leggings. The mixture of textures within the same color is so yummy.
Shoe-wise, you want to do a spectacular pump or a pointed-toe flat. You can also do a simple open-toe heel. Take a look at the Shop This Post below to find the right items for you.
How To Wear Sequin Joggers
Similar to a proper sequin pant, sequin joggers pair best with a cropped top, a tucked-in blouse, or a bodysuit. But unlike sequin pants, you can wear a tunic or long sweater with sequin joggers. Though if you go that route you’ll need a higher stiletto heel to slim your silhouette. I prefer to recommend outfit ideas that do not require sky-high heels in order to achieve greatness, so stick with a cropped top or tucked-in look with the sequin joggers.
The one thing you can do with sequin joggers that you cannot do with sequin pants and leggings, is wear booties. The elastic pant hem of a sequin jogger sits perfectly above or tucks into a bootie beautifully. For the best silhouette, select a pointed-toe bootie.
Outerwear For Sequin Legging Outfits
If you are down to create a small spectacle, rock the faux fur — I mean, if you’re down, I’m down! But if you want a more sophisticated look, I love pairing a sleek hip-length or knee-length coat with sequin leggings, just like the model “off-duty” rocked over a decade ago in the Vogue feature (pictured at the bottom of the post). That is still a fantastic choice. Indeed it is my first choice. I especially love a shiny trench coat with sequin leggings and pants. Notice I am recommending only structured outerwear. A simple sweater is too dull for a sequin pant look.
Aqua Sequin Jogger Pants
All Saints Soraya Sequin Joggers
Alice + Olivia Dylan High Waisted Sequin Pant
Commando Sequin Joggers
Splendid Oxford Sequin Pants
Alice + Olivia Elba Sequin Wide Leg Trousers
Wayf Encore Wide Leg Sequin Pants
Aqua Sequin Jogger Pants
Gianni Bini Tatiana High Waisted Sequin Coordinating Joggers
These Gianni Bini Tatiana High Waisted Sequin Coordinating Joggers are a bit baggier, so they look best with extra fabulous heels.
City Chic Plus Size Let’s Party Pants
BB Dakota by Steve Madden Glitter End Sequin Pocket Joggers
These BB Dakota by Steve Madden Glitter End Sequin Pocket Joggers are yet another great option. They’re available at Revolve, Nordstrom, and Amazon.
Commando Sequin Leggings
Charter Club Petite Sequined Ankle Pants
These Charter Club Petite Sequined Ankle Pants were just too cute not to feature and an amazing sequin bottom for my petite gals.
Tom Ford Sequined Zip-Cuff Leggings
These Tom Ford Sequined Zip-Cuff Leggings are a bit sheer, so you will need to wear a longer top with them, or embrace the glory. These leggings are available at Bergdorf Goodman, MyTheresa, and Farfetch.
MSGM sequin-embellished stirrup leggings
Do you have any idea how much I love stirrup leggings? And lavender? These MSGM leggings are a real treat.
My Favorite Sequin Pants From Years Past
I originally wrote this post years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.
Vince Camuto Sequin Pull-On Joggers
These are the cutest sequin joggers by Vince! You will wear them exactly the same way as sequin leggings, but I prefer a cropped jacket with a jogger.
Chico’s Ponte Sequin Leggings
Chico’s Ponte Sequin Leggings are very flattering and great for my size 16 clients. The smallest person that can wear this brand is a 4.
Express High Waisted Sequin Ankle Pant
These Express High Waisted Sequin Ankle Pants look amazing with an open toe heel as pictured or you can sport a pump perfectly.
River Island Black Sequin Leggings
The River Island Black Sequin Leggings are another great option for you sequin-hungry ladies.
Commando High Waist Sequin Leggings
These Commando High Waist Sequin Leggings in burgundy are fabulous. Pair them with a black top and heels for an easy glamorous look.
Cinq à Sept Giles Sequin Joggers
The Cinq à Sept Giles Sequin Joggers are even better than their silky counterpart, which you may recognize from my post on the best joggers. I love the cut of these pants and the pockets are fabulous.
Trina Turk Sparkler 2 Sequin Pants
I love the higher ankle accent of these Trina Turk Sparkler 2 Sequin Pants — and how refreshing to see gold sequin joggers.
Love Moschino sequin-embellished leggings
These Love Moschino sequin-embellished leggings are one of my favorites for a more subtle sequin look.
This Vogue feature was my original inspiration for sequined leggings — they truly are a timeless look for the holidays!