Metallics dominated the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. We show you how to incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Precious metals - Metallic fashion trend

Add a touch of glitz and glam by incorporating a few metallic pieces to your wardrobe. Metallics really pop against a neutral or nude colour, so team them with simple, solid monochromatic pieces. Basic black, white or grey works well with silver, whereas purple, green and red looks fantastic paired with gold garments. Mix and match to see what works for you.

Let the metallic piece be the focal part of your outfit, keep accessories to a minimum and don’t team it with any printed pieces. A gold skirt or bronze blazer is enough to make you stand out from the crowd. For an even more subtle look, start wearing metallic vests under blazers or cardigans for a flash of style.

Precious metals - Metallic fashion trend

The rules

  1. You need just a touch of bling to jazz up an outfit, so don’t go overboard with metallic pieces.
  2. Start small with metallic accessories instead. Make a bold statement with a metallic bag, belt or shoes and keep the rest of your look monochromatic and simple.
  3. The way light catches metallic fabric can add volume to certain areas or draw attention from problem areas. Depending on the type of material you choose, this could be a good way to hide or flatter certain parts of your body, so make sure to pick items that suit your body type.
  4. Keep your skin-tone in mind. Gold will look gorgeous on warmer skin tones, whereas silver complements lighter skin-tones.
  5. Experiment with textures. Don’t be afraid to mix and match several coloured metallic pieces with different textures.
  6. For daytime glamour, tone down the bling with embellishments. If you don’t want to invest in metallic garments, opt for a few simple studded or sequined items.
  7. Don’t go for the head-to-toe look. It’s very tricky to pull off pairing two metallic colours, so stick to one piece.
  8. Don’t ever team metallic items with sequins – or you’ll end up looking like a disco ball.

The key to wearing metallics is timing. During the daytime, metallic accents should be kept to a minimum. Feel free to experiment with accessories and a few sheer tops in a metallic hue before sundown. Save the more daring pieces, like sequined dresses and gold blazers for a night out – but even then, steer clear of trashy over-the-top outfits. If you take away one piece of advice on wearing this space age trend, it’s the age-old cliche; less is more.

All images via Vogue

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