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10 Best Sequin Dresses in 2022 (H&M, Urban Outfitters, and More)

Whether you're attending a fancy event or spending a night out on the town, sometimes you want a dress with a little something extra. You might think of sequins as being reserved for holidays and New Year's parties, but we're here to tell you otherwise! Sequins can be formal, feminine, daring, vintage, or modern, depending on how they're used. They can create eye-catching patterns or add sparkly flair.


For some inspiration, we've put together a list of the top 10 best sequin dresses. We love the simple, modern cut of H&M's Sequined Dress, which can easily be dressed up for a party or down for a casual look. Keep reading to see the rest of our picks! And if you have some reservations about adding sequins to your wardrobe, our buying guide is full of information and helpful tips.

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  • Last updated: 08-22-2022
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How to Choose a Sequin Dress - Buying Guide

In addition to the things you'd normally consider when buying a dress, like the style, fit, and occasion, there are some factors that are unique to sequin dresses. In this buying guide, we'll walk you through the most important points.

Pick a Dress Style for the Occasion

Sequin dresses come in a variety of styles that are great for different occasions. The silhouette and details of the dress will help determine whether it’s better suited to a formal occasion or a night out on the town.

Gowns for Super Formal Events

Gowns for Super Formal Events

For white tie, black tie, and formal events, a long gown is ideal. Look for a floor-length or ankle-length dress and don’t forget to take the height of your shoes into account. Depending on the season, you can go with short sleeves, long sleeves, or sleeveless styles. 


Long gowns use a lot of fabric, and a dress that’s completely covered in sequins might end up feeling heavy or restrictive. Consider gowns that use sequins on a mesh layer, as a small decorative detail, or paired with other embellishments like beads, lace, or ruffles.

Cocktail Length for Semi-Formal Events

Cocktail Length for Semi-Formal Events

If you’re attending an event with a semi-formal or cocktail attire dress code, look for a dress that hits between your knees and ankles. The sleeve and neckline styles can vary, depending on the season and time of day of the event. You can opt for an all-over sequin style for an eye-catching look. 


However, if you’re attending a wedding, look for something more understated. You can tone down a sequin dress by looking for less reflective sequins, like translucent or matte. Or look for a dress that uses sequins sparingly to add just a little bit of sparkle.

Mini Dresses for When You Want to Move

Mini Dresses for When You Want to Move

If you’re looking for a fun dress for a night out, a shorter length is usually more manageable. You won’t have to worry about it dragging on dirty bathroom floors or getting in your way on the dance floor.


Let your personal style shine! You can find short sequin dresses in all styles, from party-ready bodycon minidresses to loose T-shirt styles to floaty sequin and tulle fits.

Consider the Sequin Finish and Color

Consider the Sequin Finish and Color

Sequins come in a variety of finishes that will reflect light differently and create different effects. Metallic sequins are popular for holidays, while holographic sequins reflect a rainbow of colors and can give you a more ethereal look. 


Transparent sequins let some of the fabric behind them show through and create a softer, more understated look. Matte sequins are the least shiny and are ideal for more casual pieces. 

Consider the Sequin Finish and Color

All of these types of sequins come in a range of colors. Gold and silver are often reserved for holidays and parties. Black sequins have a club-ready vibe, while white sequins look more romantic.


Transparent or holographic sequins in pastel colors can give you a light, floaty, summer look, while darker-colored sequins might be better suited to fall and winter. 

Look at How the Sequins are Attached

Look at How the Sequins are Attached

Sequins can either be sewn flat or overlapping. When sequins are sewn flat, they lie flush with the fabric, creating a smooth surface. They’re less likely to get caught on things and tend to look more understated. 


Sequins that are overlapping stick out from the fabric and move around if you run your hand over them. They’re more likely to catch on things and fall off, especially if you're wearing a top layer like a coat or sweater. However, because they're all at slightly different angles, they create a sparkly, eye-catching look that’s great for parties.


You can also find dresses that use large sequins that dangle off of the dress, adding movement and shine as you walk.

Decide How Many Sequins You Want

Decide How Many Sequins You Want

You can go all out with a dress that’s completely covered in sequins or opt to use sequins as a decorative detail. In general, the more sequins on the dress, the more eye-catching it will be. In addition, if a few sequins fall off, it probably won't be very noticeable.


When used as an embellishment, sequins are often sewn onto fabric or mesh in patterns like stripes, squiggles, swirls, and flowers. They might be paired with beads, ruffles, or lace. In these cases, lost sequins can affect the overall look of the pattern, so opt for flat-sewn sequins, which are less likely to catch on things.

Don’t Forget About Comfort

Don’t Forget About Comfort

Most sequins are made from plastic and therefore aren’t the most comfortable against bare skin. Sequin dresses are usually lined, but there are still opportunities for discomfort in places like the neckline, sleeves, armpit, and hem. 


In addition, if your dress is sleeveless, your bare arms can rub against sequins on the body of the dress. To avoid chafing and discomfort, look for dresses that avoid placing sequins on areas that are close to the skin. You can also look for sequins that are sewn down completely, so no sharp edges stick out.

Be Prepared to Hand Wash or Dry Clean

Be Prepared to Hand Wash or Dry Clean

Sequin dresses are delicate and often need to be hand washed or dry cleaned. Not only can the sequins fall off of your dress inside a washing machine, but their shiny finish can be scratched or destroyed. Before you buy a dress, check the care instructions and make sure you have the time and tools to clean it properly. 

10 Best Sequin Dresses

Our list includes sequin dresses for all occasions and styles, from glitzy gowns to floaty feminine frocks to dancefloor-friendly mini dresses. We made our choices based on the points listed in the buying guide below, as well as reviewer comments when available.

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H&M Sequined Dress 1

H&M

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Scoop Back Sequin Gown 1

Adrianna Papell

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Love & Lemonade Knot Straps Sequin Mesh Dress 1

Love & Lemonade

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Needle & Thread Trellis Rose Mini Dress 1

Needle & Thread

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Urban Outfitters Carrie Sequin Mini Dress 1

Urban Outfitters

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Monsoon Louise Sequin Midi Dress 1

Monsoon

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Pisarro Nights Embellished Mesh Gown 1

Pisarro Nights

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ASTR The Label Dance With Me Sequin Mini Dress 1

ASTR The Label

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Rixo Ombré Sequin Dress 1

Rixo

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Retrofete Grace Dress 1

Retrofete

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Sequined Dress

Plus Size Scoop Back Sequin Gown

Knot Straps Sequin Mesh Dress

Trellis Rose Mini Dress

Carrie Sequin Mini Dress

Louise Sequin Midi Dress

Embellished Mesh Gown

Dance With Me Sequin Mini Dress

Ombré Sequin Dress

Grace Dress

Features

A Flowy T-Shirt Dress for a Casual Chic Look

Be the Belle of the Ball in This Sparkly Gown

Sequins, Mesh, and Retro Details

A Wearable Work of Art

Keep It Short, Sweet, and Sparkly

Understated Embellishments With Sequins and Beads

Channel the Glamour of the Jazz Age

A Bright Multicolored Mini Dress

Flutter into Spring With Pastel Ombré

A Reversible Sequined Look

Price$34.99$310.00$44.00$549.00$49.99$199.00$238.00$69.97$475.00$765.00
StyleT-shirt dressShort sleeve gownSleeveless midiShort sleeve miniSleeveless miniLong sleeve midiShort sleeve gownSleeveless miniShort sleeve midiLong sleeve mini
MaterialLining: 100% polyester; shell: 94% polyester, 6% elastane100% polyester100% polyester100% polyester85% viscose, 7% nylon, 4% polyester, 4% spandex100% polyester100% rayonShell: 100% polyester; lining: 92% polyester, 8% elastane100% viscose100% viscose
Available sizesXS-2XL0-20; 14-24 plus; 2-18 petiteXS-L0-14XS-XL8-222-16XS-XL2XS-XL2XS-2XL
Available colors115 regular, 7 plus and petite11112118
CareMachine wash coldSpot cleanNot providedSpot or dry cleanNot providedMachine washableSpot cleanDry clean onlyDry cleanNot provided
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H&MSequined Dress

$34.99

StyleT-shirt dress
MaterialLining: 100% polyester; shell: 94% polyester, 6% elastane
Available sizesXS-2XL
Available colors1
CareMachine wash cold
2

Adrianna PapellPlus Size Scoop Back Sequin Gown

$310.00

StyleShort sleeve gown
Material100% polyester
Available sizes0-20; 14-24 plus; 2-18 petite
Available colors15 regular, 7 plus and petite
CareSpot clean
3

Love & LemonadeKnot Straps Sequin Mesh Dress

$44.00

StyleSleeveless midi
Material100% polyester
Available sizesXS-L
Available colors1
CareNot provided
4

Needle & ThreadTrellis Rose Mini Dress

$549.00

StyleShort sleeve mini
Material100% polyester
Available sizes0-14
Available colors1
CareSpot or dry clean
5

Urban OutfittersCarrie Sequin Mini Dress

$49.99

StyleSleeveless mini
Material85% viscose, 7% nylon, 4% polyester, 4% spandex
Available sizesXS-XL
Available colors1
CareNot provided
6

MonsoonLouise Sequin Midi Dress

$199.00

StyleLong sleeve midi
Material100% polyester
Available sizes8-22
Available colors1
CareMachine washable
7

Pisarro NightsEmbellished Mesh Gown

$238.00

StyleShort sleeve gown
Material100% rayon
Available sizes2-16
Available colors2
CareSpot clean
8

ASTR The LabelDance With Me Sequin Mini Dress

$69.97

StyleSleeveless mini
MaterialShell: 100% polyester; lining: 92% polyester, 8% elastane
Available sizesXS-XL
Available colors1
CareDry clean only
9

RixoOmbré Sequin Dress

$475.00

StyleShort sleeve midi
Material100% viscose
Available sizes2XS-XL
Available colors1
CareDry clean
10

RetrofeteGrace Dress

$765.00

StyleLong sleeve mini
Material100% viscose
Available sizes2XS-2XL
Available colors8
CareNot provided

More Dresses for Every Occasion

Not sure what to wear? Throw on a dress and you'll look instantly put together! Check out more of our favorite dresses for everything from big events to small gatherings.

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