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How to Wear Metallic Fashions

by Katherine Mitt, studioD

Although metallic fashions are often thought of for cocktail or evening wear, gold, silver and other metallic tones can be worn just as effortlessly during the day. For daytime metallic looks, choose slightly muted tones and pair them with classic, neutral colors -- tan, black or navy, for example. In the evening, you can really let your metallics shine, choosing brighter, flashier hues for a truly stand-out look.

Metallic Accessories

Metallic accessories are the perfect way to inject your outfit with a dose of minimalistic shine. A pair of pewter pointy-toe pumps, for example, looks spectacular poking out from under tailored black pants; when finished off with an off-white silk blouse and a classic black bag, your outfit will look polished and sophisticated. On the weekends, dress up your denim by carrying your Saturday essentials around with you in a warm gold tote bag. Keep accessories and other clothes simple -- a navy blue blazer or cardigan over a white t-shirt and neutral ballet flats helps your bag pop as the focal point.

Shiny Separates

Most metallic tones act as near neutrals and can be paired effortlessly with a wide range of other colors, so separates are an easy way to introduce metallics into your wardrobe. Try wearing a gold sequin top with black skinny jeans for a great night-out outfit. Keep jewelry simple with a medium-sized pair of gold hoop earrings, and complete the look with black high-heel sandals and a shiny black clutch. During the work week, tuck a silver-hued silk blouse into a navy pencil skirt. Add black patent pumps, crystal stud earrings and a menswear-inspired gold watch, and you’ll be ready for anything your boss can throw your way.


A head-to-toe metallic look can be surprisingly demure if you choose more muted metallic tones. A soft, rose-gold blouse paired with tailored silk pants in a similar hue creates a delicate and feminine look. A camel purse, nude patent pumps and classic pearl jewelry will complete your chic ensemble. If you prefer a bolder metallic look, choose a gold or bronze sequin cocktail dress. Prevent the look from becoming gaudy by wearing a classic shawl or delicate sweater in a lighter tone over your dress. Gold or bronze strappy sandals and a nude evening clutch will tie the look together seamlessly.

Embellished Basics

It's not uncommon for fashion designers to use gold, silver and bronze accents to embellish otherwise simple clothing. A green sweater might be adorned with bright silver beads, or a pair of burgundy pants might feature gold threads woven throughout. Metallic embellishments instantly dress up a piece of clothing without making it too fancy for everyday wear. Embellished separates can be paired easily with more casual clothes -- think a metallic-knit cardigan with blue jeans -- but they also can also take a look from day to night in a flash. Wear your gold-accented silk pants with a white t-shirt and smoking slippers during the day; to make the pants evening-ready, simply trade out your tee for a black silk blouse and your flats for some black stilettos.

About the Author

Katherine Mitt has been contributing to online publications since 2009, focusing primarily on fashion and style topics. She holds a B.A. in English from a small liberal arts school.

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