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How To Style Metallics

Sometimes you just want to shine, and what better way to make a standout style statement than with this season’s hottest runway trend: metallics.

Gold, silver, bronze…these aren’t just for the Olympic champions! Whatever occasion you’re attending, you can elevate your ensemble from modest to next-level glamorous with an injection of shimmer and sparkle.

Read on to discover our picks of the best ways to get a statement-making metallic style into your new season closet.

Glitter at an Evening Soiree

Nothing beats a metallic style if you’re dressing for a party. Whether it’s a formal black-tie event or a trendy cocktail party, you can go all out with a metallic look to dazzle on the dancefloor.

Luxurious lurex fabrics with a glittery metallic thread running through, in full-length or midi styles and glamorous detailing from tiered hems to sheer sleeves and flattering wrap front designs. Look out for slinky bodycon dresses with metallic sequins, fringed hemlines and sleeveless silhouettes.

Or how about an all-over metallic look? You’ll truly shimmer in a metallic colour block maxi dress, with a slim column silhouette or a sassy fit and flare shape. Try a look with long sleeves and a ruched wrap front, and finish your style with a pair of elegant strappy heels and a coordinated clutch bag to ensure that all eyes are on you!

Be Golden on a Night Out

On an evening out with friends or a romantic date night meal, a metallic-look outfit is a great eye-catching and playful option.

Try a jersey t-shirt with an all-over gold metallic front, paired with coated skinny jeans and elegant strappy heels. Or opt for a slinky, relaxed fit sequinned vest top, tucked into a pair of dark wash skinny jeans, or try a style with a flattering longline shape layered over leggings.

Another option would be an all-over metallic pencil skirt, in a shiny stretch fabric, with a high waist and a figure-hugging bodycon silhouette. Pair it with a tucked-in knit jumper or a satin blouse and finish your look with a faux leather biker jacket or a tailored longline blazer.

Make Your Daytime Occasion Look Shine

When introducing a metallic trend to a daytime wardrobe, try to strike a balance between an elevated style for a special occasion, combined with a more’ dressed down’ feel, to avoid your outfit leaning towards an ‘evening’ look. Opt for fabrics with a more casual, daytime feel, such as knitwear, jersey, cotton or viscose or chiffon.

Team one metallic item with another more neutral garment. Try pairing a simple jersey top tucked into a slinky maxi skirt with a metallic thread running through it. The metallic embellishment will add just the right amount of shimmer to lift your look, without making it overly dressy.

Alternatively, team a metallic-embellished jumper or blouse with a pair of neutral, elegant wide leg trousers or a denim midi skirt. Add a pair of heels and a coordinated clutch bag to finish your look.

Dreamy floral patterns and vibrant animal prints can be ‘glammed up’ with a shiny metallic foil designs embossed over the top. Perfect for a summer garden party or a day at the races. Foil embellishments can be really effective, offering a subtle metallic shine to elevate an outfit, without going overboard.

Polish Up a Casual Wardrobe

Metallic knits are great for introducing a shiny style to a casual weekend wardrobe. A chunky roll neck sweater with a metallic thread running through it is a great on-trend option that’ll pair perfectly with skinny jeans and warm boots or trainers.

In summer months, opt for a t-shirt with a metallic logo embossed on the front, and look out for soft and floaty maxi skirts in semi-sheer and breathable fabrics, with gleaming foil prints or shimmery beading. Mix these up with delicate ditsy floral designs and dreamy tie-dye patterns to elevate a warm weather holiday style.

Puffer coats or gilets with a gold or silver sheen are fabulous ways to incorporate the metallic trend into a practical casual daytime closet. Look out for styles with cosy hoods, slim fit quilted vests and belted looks. Layer over jeans and boots for a glamorous cold weather look that’ll be sure to turn heads.

Make a Dazzling Workwear Statement

There’s no reason why metallics can’t be included into a workwear wardrobe. The trick is to tone things down, so you have the feel of a vibrant metallic look, but with a more tailored and modest overall appearance.

Try a tailored shirt or blouse in a gold or bronze satin fabric. Tuck into fitted, full-length trousers and add a pair of elegant closed-toe heels for a look that’s both polished and professional, while making an style statement.

Alternatively, team a fine-knit roll neck jumper with a metallic pleated midi skirt and layer with a full-length trench coat for a perfect winter office ensemble.   

3 Ways to Easily Adopt the Metallic Trend

1. Metallic styles make a statement. Even a small nod to the trend can go a long way towards influencing your overall look. Try a belt with a metallic buckle, or a top with a metallic zip neck detail. These will be sure to catch the eye and elevate your look in an instant.

2. Metallics suit everyone. So don’t be afraid to explore how you feel in them. As with the traditional colour spectrum, different shades offer varying looks. A soft gold will add a warmth to your outfit, while a stark silver is great for mixing with monochrome shades for a striking icy statement. The less-seen rose gold is on-trend and sophisticated, while a bronze tone is a great option for a casual style.

3. Metallics are amazing at making other colours really pop. For example, when you pair some rose gold heels with a plum-coloured knit dress, you’ll find your outfit will really come to life. Alternatively, pair a cream blouse with a gold knit cardigan and see your style sparkle. Have a play around with different combinations and get ready to make an impact!


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