The same sequins that are sewn on a $4,750 Chanel bag can also be found in Wal-Mart’s craft section. Granted, this bag is cute as hell, but really? Why do we fall for this stuff?
Sequins are all the rage right now, which, to me, translates to “already over it.” Remember when sequins tried their comeback in 2004? The big nickel-sized shiny pieces of plastic are fun to look at, but it’s nothing we haven’t already gotten sick of. And just to clarify, the sequins I’m referring to aren’t made with the super-high-end glass or Swarovski crystal sequins. I’ve felt and examined a Prada sequin bag and those sequins were just as fun to fold up as the ones in my childhood craft box.
I love the idea of them and how they’re supposed to be uber-glam, but we all need to be smart when falling into fads. Think about what you’re really spending your money on and get into the habit of looking for quality products made with materials that actually require effort to construct.
If you’re like me, you still want that flashy diva look without draining your bank account (and still looking cheap). Here are some ways I get around it: Opt for a shiny or metallic printed blouse and pair it with a plain pencil skirt; stock up on some faux-diamond or rhinestone accessories, shoes, or hair bands/clips; find a blazer with accent buttons; or simply go for a sequin-lookalike material, like silver or other colorful metal studs. Or, if you’re my identical twin, you’ll notice that faux fur is the new “thing” for winter anyways and jump on the opportunity to be a trendsetter, ditching the shiny plastic discs for good.
If you totally disagree with me and think that sequins are effing awesome, then I at least recommend investing your precious dollars in something other than a purse. I admit that I’m rather fond of sequin skirts, and a pair of sequined shorts with some tights and chunky high heels would melt my stylish heart.
But don’t say I didn’t warn you when sequins are eyesores again in five months.
Point blank: You decide where to spend your money, so do what you want. But next time you’re staring at that glittery, luscious, $4,750 (plus tax!) Chanel sequin bag, think about how dropping 5K on part of your craft box is a little ridiculous.