Speed read: Get sparkly in super-sized sequins

Speed read: Get sparkly in super-sized sequins

Paillettes were scattered all over the catwalk at Stella McCartney (pictured), Marc Jacobs and Prada

Paillettes were scattered all over the catwalk at Stella McCartney (pictured), Marc Jacobs and Prada

Your turkey’s ready for collection, the gifts are wrapped, but you’re standing in front of your wardrobe feeling utterly uninspired when it comes to a festive look that’s a bit special.

The answer is paillettes, a word you might not have heard before. It’s French for ‘spangle’ and refers to over-sized sequins.

They were scattered all over the catwalk at Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Prada. The High Street has been quick to scoop up the look with Hobbs and Marks & Spencer leading the pack.

Paillettes lift an outfit with a bit of glitz, but make sure you commit to only one sparkly item per outfit or risk being more Little Mermaid than Christmas belle.

HOW TO WEARThis is a bold look and you can be brave with bright colours. ’Tis the season to stand out from the crowd.

2500 BC

The date sequins are thought to havebeen first used. Evidence suggests the people of Pakistan attached goldversions to clothes in the Kot Diji era.

Stick to one sequin size. Any more and the outfit can start to look messy.For the best effect, team a paillette piece with a less textured item. Try pairing a cashmere cardigan with your sequinned skirt or wear an embellished top with wool trousers.SHOPPING LIST Paillettes

Per Una dress, 85, Marks & Spencer, 0845 302 1234

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Red top, 35, asos.com

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Dress, 110, Hobbs, 0845 313 3130

Paillettes

Pencil skirt, 47.50, asos.com

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Cardigan, 17.50, awear.com

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Earrings, 6, Freedom at Topshop, 01277 844 186