Trend Report: Working Metallics

Metallics was one of the most ubiquitous trends on the spring/summer 2014 runways. From shiny frocks to lustrous bags and shoes, high fashion labels, including Altuzzara, Givenchy and Saint Laurent Paris, have sent out bright, shiny pieces we can't help but to drool over. This was followed through in the fall/winter 2014 shows and when the recent spring/summer 2015 shows wrapped up in Paris, in October, the word is out: the lustrous shine trend is officially here to stay. 

High fashion labels such as (from left) DKNY, Versus Versace and Peter Som sent out high shine pieces for their spring/summer 2015 runway collections.

And since Christmas is just around the corner, what better way to usher in the upcoming festivities than to work the metallics trend into your wardrobe. After all, everyone loves a little bit of sparkle, no? 

While you might be tempted to leave all your glitzy metallic pieces for evening-wear only, know that adding a little bit of metallic glamour to your everyday look can be a great way to add fun into your daily outfits.

Want to know how to work metallics this season? Here are some tips we live by:

Want to know how to work metallics this season? Here are some tips we live by:

1) Shiny Separates
Afraid of looking like an aluminium-wrapped turkey at a Christmas dinner? The best way to ease into the trend is by working some separates into your wardrobe. As most metallic tones act as near neutrals, it can be paired effortlessly with a wide range of other colours. 

Try wearing a gold sequinned top with black skinny jeans (or a tailored trousers in a dark hue, as shown by our Curator here) for a great night-out outfit. If you are not adventurous and don't want to look like a lost bauble that fell off the Christmas tree, keep jewellery simple with black accessories and shoes for balance.

2) Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise
Go for a metallic leather bag (such as our Metallic Saddle in Silver by Dior) or a pair of metallic shoes (such as our Devon Sandal by Diane von Furstenberg). These pieces are all that you need to spice up your outfits this season. The best part? You can team them with a range of different looks at any given time beyond the festive season. In short, you’ll get more bang for your buck!

3) Bold is Beautiful
Some of the best ways to work the metallics trend is by going for statement pieces. Team your black corporate-wear with bold gold accessories (such as our Gilt Metal belt by Chanel) to liven up the look. For night time, turn your belt into a chain bracelet or a chunky necklace. This lends edge to your outfit in a snap.

4) Neutralise Your Look
Play it safe by pairing your metallic pieces with a neutral colour palette. Generally, gold and copper metallics look great with creams, pinks, and greys. Silver metallics, on the other hand, are better suited to blacks, greys, and whites. Mixing a single metallic piece with neutral separates will still create an impact without being over-the-top.

5) Liquid Metal
When making your rounds this party season, be courageous and go for a head-to-toe metallic look. Surprisingly, this can be demure if you choose more muted metallic tones. For instance, opt for a soft, rose-gold blouse paired with tailored pants or pencil skirt in a similar hue to create a delicate and feminine overall ensemble. Or, if you prefer a bolder metallic look, choose a gold or bronze sequinned cocktail dress.

WARNING: Avoid looking gaudy. You can do this by balancing the statement pieces with a classic shawl or feminine sweater in a lighter hue. Work some gold strappy sandals and a nude evening clutch into your outfit - these pieces instantly tie the whole ensemble together for that effortless look.