10 Ways To Style A Sequinned Vintage Jacket
There are loads of amazing vintage sequinned jackets out there just waiting to be worn again. The 80’s were full of them.
Erase your preconceived ideas about this type of jacket. It can easily be updated to fit in with a contemporary vibe.
I was so excited when I found this one, the sequins, design and colours were too good to pass up despite the waist erasing boxy cut. For a person with an hour glass figure this is the worst shape for my body type but I’m up for a challenge. I was sure I could make it work.
My original idea was to just let the jacket shine (literally) and then keep everything else low key.
My first try…
It didn’t turn out as cool as I’d hoped.
Probably because in my mind I’m about three inches taller, have much thinner legs and no hips.
Funny how my mind keeps reverting back to what I looked like when I was twelve.
I got serious about it and tried again.
I told you I put my serious face on.
Here I am trying it with darker jeans and more attitude.
I’m telling myself,
“Put your game face on, “look tall” and suck it all in.”
If you know a trick how to suck in your thighs I’m all ears.
I prefer my sitting photos. Much more relaxed.
Still not 100% thrilled.
What about switching out the shoes to something extra elongating?
My original efforts were lacklustre to say the least.
Let’s try again shall we?
10 Ways To Style A Sequinned Vintage Jacket
After recently writing about more is more with Gucci inspired style I was ready to try again.
This time I didn’t focus on the jacket but created entire outfits that challenged my imagination.
I mixed a variety of textures, patterns and colours.
Ideally I wanted to pair this with my gold pussy bow blouse but I spent 45 minutes looking for it today and came up empty.
Someone came into my house in the middle of the night when I was sleeping, went into my bedroom closet and stole it!
Either that or I’m losing my mind. Let’s go with the first idea. Totally plausible and has nothing whatsoever to do with my aging brain.
Which outfit was your favourite?
If you liked this vintage sequinned jacket I have another one listed currently in my Etsy store by Joseph Ribkoff. It would be loads of fun to style as well.
Linking up with the lovely Patti over at Visible Monday.
I stole your pussy bow blouse (and some cookies while I was there) JK!! You have never been/could never be “boring”, it’s simply impossible. Oh those mixed prints like #1, #2, and #6 – 6 is my personal fave – are amazing. And the teal suede boots – i’m heading to your shop to see if they’re for sale, and for big feet : >
suzanne carillo says
Damn you Patti! Hahahahaha!
Sorry, the teal boots aren’t for sale : ( But since you now have my gold blouse I figure we’re even.
Love the jacket as you wore it and also with the gold skirt. A fabulous piece. You look way better than you give yourself credit for.
suzanne carillo says
You are very kind Elle : )
Embroidered velvet skirt, one of a kind sequined jacket, beret..
amazing styling Suzanne.
Life is short, and my message is too..
please know how talented you are and that it is appreciated.
jodie filogomo says
Suzanne—first off you need to embrace that fabulous body of yours!!! There’s no way that those first two outfits aren’t great!!! Sure, they don’t fit in as much with your creativeness, but for many women out there, it’d be the cat’s meow!!!
With that being said, my absolute favorite one might have to be the gold maxi, or the flocked velvet jeans!! It goes to show how versatile this jacket could really be.!!
ps…maybe you sold that bow tie blouse??? Either that or Zoe is hiding it….
Exciting jackets like this one remind me of you — bold, beautiful and full of life. No wonder you’re attracted to them!
No Fear of Fashion says
I see the challenge of the boxy shape. Even though I am no hourglass whatsoever, but an incerted triangle, I couldn’t pull this jacket off. Kudos for trying so hard. I think I like it best with the belt around it, for obvious reasons and with the A-line skirts. Again for abvious reasons. Hard to tell though when you haven’t got it on. The jacketis indeed awesome.
Goodness me, that 1980s jacket is fabulous! I think you look fabulous in it, you couldn’t look boring if you tried.
Your styling is spectacular, I love each and every outfit you created. xxx
i´m a big fan of all the maximal outfits – you´d guess it, right? 😉 – the more patterns and structures the more i like it. the jacket looks less overdone in maximal looks – very interesting. and a skirt is always better for the shape……
the purple leather skirt is fab – but me is needing 2-3 more panels to fit in….. so i will not sneak into your house at night to steal it ;-D
Tiina L says
You need to go with what comes naturally, and that Gucci-style more-is-more is you. That’s what you do best. Minimalism is wonderful, but it’s just not you. So yes, all of your maximalist versions are great, each one of them look perfect.
And me? I would probably wear the jacket with a white t-shirt and joggers or something. But I’m a minimalist…
It’s a great jacket but I’ve learnt that the boxy shape does me no favours whatsoever. Your favorite is also mine – great mix of textures!
That is one fabulous sequinned jacket, Suzanne, but like you, it’s not a shape that suits me very well. You did give it your all, though, and there are quite a few looks that I love. Your favourite, for instance, which might even be better with the elusive gold pussy bow blouse (I hate it when I cannot find these, and always blame it on burglars too!). Another favourite is the one with the embroidered velvet maxi, and the one with the wool dress and those droolworthy velvet boots! xxx
Defenitely the one with the wool dress! Fantastic boots!
The robber is the same that takes one sock our of a pair in the washing machine – a leprechaun 🙂 I loved this jacket, loooved so much! I think you looked great in any picture, sitting, serious or not! I liked the jacket with the velvet boots or shoes. The way you styled it, many nice looks, my favorite is with the long skirt – it could have a beret, yes 🙂 – and the belt. I hope you have a very beautiful Christmas time! Bisous!
Veronica Cooke says
What a totally fabulous jacket! It’s not a good shape for me either having a fat middle but I’d give it a go!
I like the jacket best not paired with trousers….I think the grey wool dress and blue suede boots were gorgeous and elegant; loved the black skirt and purple pussy bow blouse (No! I did not nick yours!); the metallic skirt and leather skirt looked wonderful, too! A really versatile jacket thanks to your immaculate styling.
Just a though – might loose trousers i.e. palazzo trousers or Oxford bags work better than jeans?
suzanne carillo says
That is a great point Veronica. Another reader also suggested this to me. I *almost* took out the one pair of wide leg pants I own to style them with this but in the end forgot.
I’m not a fan of wide leg pants myself just because they don’t look good on me.
I know that for me, wide with wide (the jacket is wide) just makes me look extra wide which is why normally I wouldn’t do that look for myself. For someone with a much taller thinner frame and less chest and hips though it would look awesome.
My favourite is the grey knit dress and turquoise boots with the jacket. It lets the jacket be the star, which of course it is. In my “smaller” days I would have worn that jacket in a minute, but jackets don’t fit me as well anymore now that I have a larger chest.
P.S. I changed the settings on the “comments” on my blog, so let me know if you still can’t submit a comment.
Marilee Gramith says
I’ve seen jackets similar to this one in consignment shoppes and thought they were amazing and completely delicious because of all the different colors and types of embellishments. It’s rather like a way to wear the crown jewels without a lick of royal blood!
There are so many glorious jewel tones to pick up on in this jacket. It’s versatility is endless. That’s why I enjoyed your venture into pairing it with good ol dark denim. If nothing else it demonstrates just how versatile this jacket is and how everywoman should consider the sequined look!
I’m very envious of your beautifully colorful and tectural boot vollection Suzanne. You really have an array of delightful boots. I’m surprised that the thief even bothered with a meer “pussy bow” blouse,
(does anyone else find that word titillating?) .
My favorites are the stylings where the turquoise in the jacket is highlighted by the suede boots and the flocked velvet pants. You do such fabulous work Suzanne!! I sincerely hope you find the gold blouse… :-\
Señora Allnut says
You’re so brilliant!, I love every outfit, even those ‘boring’ ones, denim and booties look fabulous!
I also prefer those combos involving different textures, leather, velvet, patterns!, lots of fun. You made a great job mixing and matching all those outfits for our amusement!, You rock!
This shape could not be flattering, but you made it look awesome! Love this jacket over your grey maxi dress (and suede boots) and also over your velvet maxi with a belt!
I would wear this kind of jacket over a tunic/dress, and would pretend that my waist is somewhere under it!
Elaine Monkeypaints-Tralala says
Those round-necked boxy jackets look so much better if you fold back either side (from the right angle-d bit of the neckline where it meets at front centre) to create faux lapels and a more flattering V shaped front – a couple of tacks and a quick press (where suitable), et voila !
The only thing I find is that long hair snags on sequins/embellishment – so up it goes!
Lots of inspo as usual – thank you xx
suzanne carillo says
I agree! The jacket would be more flattering like this as I did that to my other round neck boxy jacket and it helped heaps.
You are also right about the hair snagging issue. Next time mine goes up as well.
Anna Parkes says
Great styling here Suzanne with lots of options that I would wear, but my favourite has to be the grey woollen dress with the teal suede boots. Do let me know if you ever decide to let the jacket go, as it’s swoon value would be a wonderful addition to my closet too.
And hey, that losing thing happens to me more and more nowadays. The trouble for me is that there’s always a huge volume of clothes packed away under beds and in boxes/suitcases at any given time, that I just have to hope the missing piece won’t really have been stolen. Good luck locating that elusive blouse.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
More is more! Your outfit looks are great and work so well with all the bling. Too bad you couldn’t find your blouse- I’m sure it would have looked marvelous.
Suzanne, like everyone, you’re your own harshest critic! I think you look great in the dark skinny jeans and the jacket, I do like it better in the shot where you wear it open though.
All the outfits you put together are fantastic. But my favs are the first and last, and the gray dress. I do love the mixing of textures and/or prints.
So sorry you couldn’t find your blouse. I know how you feel, having driven myself crazy on numerous occasions searching for misplaced articles of clothing. Do hope it turns up soon so you won’t think you’re losing it (your mind, that is.)