Time To Shine! How to Wear Metallics

How To Wear Metallics

Oh yes, it’s time to shine! While metallic jewel tones are usually associated with Christmas, it seems us bloggers and fashion editors are not willing to end the metallic trend. With plenty of golden and metallic tones starting to re-appear on the highstreet as part of Spring collection drops, I thought it would be fun to share some tips on how to wear these flashy pieces. This golden jacket is my current absolute favourite, but I’m no stranger to shiny skirts and metallic accessories. Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe are metallic; whether it’s my pleated metallic midi skirts which I wore throughout the festive season and beyond, to my gorgeous golden Chloe Nile Bracelet bag and trusty Valentino glam lock bag.

Of course, there is always a possibility of having too much of a good thing; and so metallics are often best as carefully selected pieces, garments that complement your outfit, as opposed to making up the majority of it. Choose muted metallics when opting for larger pieces like a skirt or jacket, while you can be more bold with accessories like bags or shoes.

Outfit Details |   Jacket by Karen Millen  //  Top by Karen Millen  //  Shoes by Topshop  // Trousers by Karen Millen  // Bag by YSL  // Rings by Pandora  //  Necklace by Monica Vinader  //

Start with the Accessories

As with most trends that I am trialling, I usually like to start off with some accessories to ‘test’ them out and see how they work with my style and the rest of my wardrobe. My first metallic investment piece was my Valentino Glam Lock bag which I first featured on the blog in this post, and to this day it remains one of my most used bags! As well as the practical style, the metallic shade acts almost like a  neutral, working well and blending seamlessly no matter what colour combination I’ve opted for that day! More recently I invested in a Chloe Nile Bracelet bag also in gold, confident that I’d wear it a lot – knowing how well a lighter gold tone works with my wardrobe! I first featured it on the blog a couple of months ago here.

Try Matching the Metallic to the tones in your outfit

Metallics can be matched – for example I love to mix and match various tones of gold within my clothing and accessories, instead of only wearing yellow gold, or rose gold for example. This jacket is a perfect soft shade that falls between the two most popular gold tones, so it matches well with my jewellery, of which many of my rings are yellow gold (including my new favourite Pandora Shine honeycomb ring) and also rose gold, such as my Monica Vinader bracelets and necklace. Colour combo wise, gold work well with whites and browns especially, rose gold compliments pinky toned outfits like a dream, and silver and black is also a winning combination.

Keep it simple!

Let your metallic statement piece do the talking and keep the rest of your outfit simple. I did so by pairing my statement jacket with an all white outfit, tailored white trousers and a beautiful quality white top make for a chic but simple base to the look. Metallics work equally well jazzing up a jeans and a tee look, or a nude toned outfit.

Twinkle Toes

While in these shots I’m keeping the footwear nude & simple, another fabulous way to bring a metallic touch into your wardrobe is with your footwear. Metallic shoes are a statement and classic piece for your wardrobe, I recently invested in a pair of gold Valentino Rockstud sandals, safe in the knowledge that I’d get fabulous price per wear with them thanks to the amount I wear my closed toe Valentinos! Equally, metallic toe caps are a big trend, as seen on Gianvitto Rossi shoes, and even these fabulous dupes from Missguided. Metallic accents to shoes is also something we are seeing on the highstreet and designers alike, such as the gold heel on the Nicholas Kirkwood baja mules, and these Topshop mules as well.