After thinking about replacing my well-loved and well-worn silver metallic sandals, I started thinking more about how to wear the metallic trend this coming spring and summer, and even in these next few weeks of cold.
Many designers found their pot of gold this year when they sent metallics down the runway. Everything from pencil skirts, trousers and shorts can be found luxed up and done in metallic shades of gold, silver and bronze. The trick for us is to figure out how to wear it without looking like we are going to a futuristic costume party.
Metallic and Pastels: Why not embrace two of Springs most fashionable trends and mix your metallics with pastels. I actually love this look. You would know by now that I am not a girlie girl and the pastel trend is not one that I have sunk my style into, and that I love to mix opposing pieces when I am creating a look. This mix of silver metallic shirt, belt and jewelry with the cool pastel blue is sleek, sophisticated and just right for the coming hot months. It can be done with white trousers, white denim or white shorts depending on the exact feel you are going for. And don’t forget the metallic sandals.
Two keys to wearing metallics properly are seen in this look – keep the accessories minimal and mix the metallic with neutrals, in this case the white and the palest pastel blue both work as a neutral.
Metallic and Neutral: As mentioned above, one way to keep metallics fresh and not overdone is to pair them with neutrals. The neutral silk top, leather belt and neutral clutch all allow the metallic shorts to be the star of the show without being over the top. And what a great summer night out look! You could also change this up by using a metallic skirt. Keep it shorter if you are having a fun night out or glam it up a bit by using a metallic pencil skirt and a fierce pair of heels.
Metallic Accessories: This look takes the two keys to wearing metallics and turns them around a bit. Wearing metallics with neutrals is seen by keeping the clothing fairly neutral so the focus is on the metallic accessories. Not that the colours are all in the same cool family, grey, bright blue and silver all work really well together – they are a fully functional colour family. The second key – keep accessories minimal – still applies as the single necklace, silver clutch and silver cuffs are all simple in their design without a lot of embellishment. Another modern look that can be worn a number of ways. If you wanted to change out the skirt for a pair of skinny coloured jeans this look would be just as successful. Even a standard pair of blue denim would look great.
Metallic and Print: Again we have the metallic trend and the pastel trend together but we have also added in the print trend! Key to this look – keeping it minimal and all in the same colour family. It may not seem minimal because of the print but it is. There is the dress (skirt/top combo) which is the background and what has been added is a metallic belt and a metallic knit. Fantastic look that is both young and modern.
Mixed Metallics: Gone are the days of only wearing one metallic at a time. It’s now cool to mix your metallics. So don’t be afraid to mix your silver, gold and bronze to play up the richness of a look. I am really lusting after these pewter metallic trousers. I have seen lots of skinny legged pants in metallic but as a classic tailoring kind of girl I would love a high-waisted, wide legged trouser in metallic!
The main key that let’s this look work is minimal accessories…so minimal…there are none. The clothing provides all the bling and pop you need.
Now that we have looked at how to wear the metallic trend, I will be incorporating metallics into my looks over the next two seasons. Will you? Do you plan to go all out or keep it simple?
- How to Wear Metallics (fabsugar.com)
- Trend Alert: Purple Metallic (fabsugar.com)
- Class to Night Out: Metallic Shorts (collegefashion.net)
- Are you thinking trends for Fall? (workwearstyle.wordpress.com)
- Pretty in Pastel (stealthestyle.com)