How does one wear metallic clothing without looking like a Quality Street sweetie wrapper? There’s a delicate little line between looking a bit devil-may-care cool or just very, very shiny! What’s apparent from a study of the designer S/S 16 collections is that this styling concern needs to be confidently sorted out ASAP because metallic jackets, bags, trousers, and were all over the catwalks, and will be sparkling on rails, in ads and on your go-to sites with almost immediate effect.
We may have mastered the art of wearing a pleated maxi skirt thanks to Alexa (slouchy cashmere jumper plus ankle boots, got that, thank you), but what of the Loewe high-shine, unapologetic trousers that come with an in-built mirror ball, to speak in superlatives?! We leave no sequin unturned, and take to the street style photo archives for styling tricks for the day, and catwalk look books to find out how to get metallics on point at night, so you can wear it 24/7 throughout party season and into spring.
Scroll down to find out the new way to wear the metallic trend around the clock; then, shop our favourite high-shine pieces!
Style Notes: J.W. Anderson's Loewe collection was a fashion tour de force, brimming with accessories with in-built personality (the transparent Puzzle bag, yes, please!) and then, there was the metallic mock croc trousers (wide-legged too) worn with suede square-toe shoes and a relaxed yet luxury T. The lesson? When wearing high octane trousers, off-set the high shine with rough slub silks or organic cotton tops that are slick; together they'll create a balanced evening look.
Style Notes: There are many fashion cues to take from Alessandro Michele's perpetual genius, but this time we're focusing on how the designer accessories metallic dresses. The secret? Matt leather high sandals, bold lashings of costume jewellery, and slightly messy hair. Done.
Style Notes: Channel Rodarte's glam-rock look and top off a muted-metallic (dull metal sequins, not really shiny ones) jumpsuit with a silk skinny scarf (or two) and a shearling. Move over, Ziggy Stardust.
Style Notes: Double up your metallic knits, take one pleated skirt and a matching fitted top. Complete with a copper waistbelt and killer shoe/bag combos.
Style Notes: If you want to tap into the look without going for a head-to-toe shimmering statement, go for the long waist-coat jacket by Katrantzou and team with cropped smart trousers. A slinky choker, architectural blouse and classic court shoes will keep this look ultra cool.
Style Notes: To master metallic during the daytime, tuck in your luxe shimmering jumper into a staple pair of smart jeans (no rips, that would be overkill).
On Chiara Ferragni: Louis Vuitton bag; Nike trainers.
Style Notes: A vintage T will offset the disco look from a dazzling pencil skirt. Plus trainers and you can turn up anywhere at any time.
Style Notes: Take the high-end shine down to your feet and let the rest be classic. A blazer, T, pleated skirt combo will keep the glam rock Gucci heels locked down for board meetings.
On Gilda Ambrosio: Loewe Metallic Dress (£2125) available in green.
Style Notes: If you're set on wearing a luxe dress during the day, then slip on a pair of jeans underneath to keep the louche look alive.
On Veronika Heilbrunner: Christopher Kane Metallic Mini Dress (£510); Jimmy Choo clutch; Altuzarra boots.
Style Notes: The sure-fire way to get away with a party dress at lunchtime? Premium walking boots and a wry smile. Works everytime.
Wearing: Dior bag.
Style Notes: Doubling up the shimmer? Pair those metallic pieces with crisp white trousers and trainers.
On Alexa Chung: Loewe Metallic Pleated Skirt (£1195).
Style Notes: For a versatile look that'll work at breakfast or dinner? Take one metallic pleated skirt, add some sleek leather ankle boots with a mid-heel and then wear it with a supersoft cashmere jumper, with a feminine neckline.
Will you be wearing this trend more during the day or at night? Let us know in the comments below.