Sequined dresses are a no-brainer when it comes to stealing the spotlight, whether it's on the red carpet or at this year's holiday cocktail party. Their festive sparkle is celebratory, while the shine is attention-grabbing. We've seen beauties like Kate Moss, Kristen Stewart, Heidi Klum and sparkle-addict Jennifer Lopez hit the scene in gowns that steal the show. So why not sparkle a little yourself this holiday season?
As with any outfit, our primary goal is to showcase our best assets, and the same thing goes for sequined dresses. After all, no one wants to look like a disco ball (or Snooki). Sally McGraw, blogger and founder of AlreadyPretty, had some advice on choosing the right sparkles for your shape: "Since sequins sparkle and shine, they attract the eye. If you're self-conscious about a particular body part -- your hips, your midsection, your arms -- consider a dress design that features sequins elsewhere. For instance, a woman who would prefer to downplay her hips could seek out a dress with a sequined bodice and sleeves but a matte, sequin-free skirt. Direct attention to the aspects of your figure that you love with strategic sequin placement."
Here, 10 tips guaranteed to have you shining bright this holiday season, plus 26 celebrities who wear sequins just right.
Ruler-Shaped: Stacy Keibler
DO look for details like subtly padded shoulders or peplum to add curves to your figure.
Ruler-Shaped: Evan Rachel Wood
DON'T go for a stick-straight sheath dress. Instead, opt for a racerback top that will draw attention to your shoulders. A corset-style belt will also create the illusion of an hourglass figure.
Ruler-Shaped: Taylor Swift
Ruler-Shaped: Kristen Stewart
Ruler-Shaped: Julie Bowen
Ruler-Shaped: Jessica Stam
Laundry by Shelli Segal Sequined Mini Dress, $106 <a href="http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418064&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446482261&site_refer=AFF001&mid=13816&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-N8gmNToq9NcbvJKJzx5Qqw&LScreativeid=1&LSlinkid=15&LSoid=203720&LSsid=J84DHJLQkR4">Saks.com</a>
Topshop Sequin Peplum Dress, $130 <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fts=peplum+sequins+dress">Topshop.com</a>
Petite: Hayden Panettiere
Petite: DO choose a fit-and-flare style with a short hemline that will elongate your legs. Strappy heels or pointy-toe pumps will further lengthen your figure.
Petite: Vanessa Hudgens
Petite: DON'T wear a tea-length hemline. Instead, opt for a knee-length hem (or go even shorter to show off your legs!)
Petite: Carrie Underwood
Petite: Carly Rae Jepsen
Petite: Nicole Richie
BCBGMAXAZRIA Seri Sequin Dress, $368 <a href="http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446535103&site_refer=AFF001&mid=13816&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-5jqSwPkMJP1kQEzI_XqhVw&LScreativeid=1&LSlinkid=15&LSoid=203720&LSsid=J84DHJLQkR4">Saks.com</a>
<a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cynthia-steffe-sabella-sequin-fit-flare-dress/3401205?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=cynthia_steffe_'sabella'_sequin_fit_&_flare_dress:625298&cm_pla=dresses:women:dress&cm_ven=bizrate&mr:referralID=614dc83e-380a-11e2-8751-001b2166c2c0">Shop.Nordstrom.com</a> Cynthia Steffe 'Sabella' Sequin Fit & Flare Dress, $248
Busty: Kellie Pickler
DO opt for dresses with structured bodices that will show off your neckline, without revealing too much.
Busty: Christina Hendricks
DON'T choose halter-style dresses: The lack of support will make for a droopy look.
Busty: Reba McEntire
Busty: Gillian Anderson
Busty: Olivia Munn
Busty: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Bebe Sequin Strapless Peplum Dress, $169 <a href="http://www.bebe.com/Dresses/View-All/Sequin-Strapless-Peplum-Dress/pc/197/c/0/sc/198/15677.pro?extid=af_gan_k108283_ShopStyle.com&clickid=0004cf6c17dfbe250ae0444d94001a86&gan_clickID=0004cf6c17dfbe250ae0444d94001a86&gan_affID=k108283&gan_affName=ShopStyle.com&utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=GAN">Bebe.com</a>
Victoria's Secret Sequin V-Neck Dress, $158 <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/clothing/dresses/sequin-v-neck-dress?ProductID=82077&CatalogueType=OLS&search=true">Victoriassecret.com</a>
Pear-Shaped: Solange Knowles
DO look for styles with plunging necklines that draw the eye to your upper body. Add a skinny belt at your waist and choose a style where the skirt skims the lower body in a gentle A-line.
Pear-Shaped: Jennie Garth
DON'T go for bandage-style dresses. Instead, choose styles with details that focus on your neckline and waist.
Pear-Shaped: Kim Kardashian
BCBGMAXAZRIA Katarina Sequined Lace Dress, $104 <a href="http://www.6pm.com/bcbgmaxazria-katarina-sequined-lace-dress-black?zfcTest=mat%3A1">6pm.com</a>
ALICE + OLIVIA Bridget Sequin Blouson Dress in Dusty Pink, $269 <a href="http://www.forwardforward.com/fw/DisplayProduct.jsp?code=ALFW-WD121&d=Womens&utm_source=ShopstyleFBEW-en_US&utm_medium=affiliate&source=shopstyleFBEW-en_US">Forwardforward.com</a>
Hourglass: Ginnifer Goodwin
Do exaggerate your tiny waist with broad shoulders and a flouncy hemline.
Hourglass: Jenny McCarthy
DON'T cover up your best asset -- that trim waistline. Instead, show it off with an awesome belt.
Hourglass: Hana Nitsche
Hourglass: Nelly Furtado
Alex Evenings Scalloped Lace Surplice Dress, $145 <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alex-evenings-scalloped-lace-surplice-dress/3363370?siteId=J84DHJLQkR4-MegoKCGzy9Ley83BVYo8lQ" target="_hplink">Nordstrom.com</a>
DSQUARED2 Short dress, $597 <a href="http://www.yoox.com/us/34286962UX/item?dept=women&tp=11227#cod10=34286962UX&sizeId=" target="_hplink">Yoox.com</a>
Curvy: Octavia Spencer
DO choose wrap-style dresses that show off your neckline, while cinching in your waist. Sequins don't always have to be metallic; matte and black paillettes are more subtle choices that still add interest.
DON'T hide your shape. Instead, look for a swing style dress that flares out under the bust line creating an A-line. And don't be afraid to hike up that hemline to show off your legs!
Curvy: Kirstie Alley
Aidan Mattox Beaded Wrap Dress, $231 <a href="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Aidan-Mattox-Beaded-Wrap-Dress-Dresses/prod147860347_cat43810733__/?ItemId=prod147860347&ecid=NMALRJ84DHJLQkR4&CS_003=5630585">Neimanmarcus.com</a>
Lipsy VIP Sequin Bust Dress, $193 <a href="http://us.asos.com/countryid/2/Lipsy-VIP-Sequin-Bust-Dress/y70g7/?iid=2239514&MID=35719&affid=2135&WT.tsrc=Affiliate&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-0imWwI8nNFx_FIOVTWG2mQ">ASOS.com</a>
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