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Sparkle and shine at the office in a sequined jacket

Deborah Baic / The Globe and Mail/Deborah Baic / The Globe and Mail

The sequined jacket was a much-loved staple of Michael Jackson's, but its uses this season extend far beyond stadium shows and zoo-keeping at Neverland. With designers working the sparkly stuff into more casual separates and day wear, taking a special-occasion garment into the everyday can be easy. Here's how to do it (the matching chimp is optional).

1. When wearing such a statement piece, keep the rest of your look as neutral as possible. The simplest way is to stick to a monochromatic palette (we suggest white as the weather heats up) and add a jacket in a bolder shade.

2. While Riccardo Tisci went for a disco-ball effect in his Givenchy runway collection, you don't want to go head to toe with glitter. Take your cue from the cut of the blazer − structured and stiff − and pair with a slim trouser.

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3. Keeping your accessories light will help shift the tone from formal to professional. Opt for stud earrings or a single bangle that will pick up some of the glitter.

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