For some, the idea of wearing anything metallic is either intimidating in a rocket to Mars, “Ground control to Major Tom,” way, or something that is best saved for special occasions, like New Year’s Eve or a stroll along the Red Carpet. To others, metallic is merely a left-over vestige from the Disco era, long-ago and just as well forgotten.
Make no mistake though, metallic fashion has been with us since lame gowns were introduced in the 1930’s, and the reason it has never gone away is because it has timeless appeal.
Whether it’s something found in nature or in fashion, few can say that they aren’t easily entranced by anything that shines, sparkles or shimmers.
The irresistible qualities of glowing and reflective fabrics like silk, satin, foil jersey, lame, leather and spandex, along with light catching details in reflective textures with glittering sequins, metallic beads and embroidered mirrors, are undeniable.
There is also absolutely no good reason to relegate metallic to evening wear
Since metallic can be showy, one way to tone things down for daytime is to choose pieces in a matte finish. Metallic leather skirts
and trousers are much less in-your-face when they’re matte.
Wear one metallic piece
per outfit and make it the focal point of your look. Also consider pairing your metallic pieces with a neutral, like white, black or cream.
The palette of precious metals like silver, gold, bronze and copper also look amazing when paired a color that pops like bottle green, pink, and azure.
If you’re just not comfortable with the idea of metallic clothing, then think jewelry and accessories.
Metallic jewelry in statement pieces like chokers
and stand-out earrings
can add a bold dash of luster that makes any outfit shine.
“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” Bill Cunningham
Photography by: Elodie Durand