Embracing the Metallic Fashion Trend Without Looking Like a Hooker

One of the big trends right now is the metallics.  Metallics used as accessories, like shoes and bags, has been a trend that has been going on for years. I’ve been telling my clients to always have a pair of metallic sandals for summer as easy, yet exciting, go-to shoes in their closet.  A Metallic bag, be it gold, copper or silver, is a versatile bag color that is way less boring than black but just as user friendly.  Now the trend has moved towards metallic clothing and, let’s just say, done wrong can be a bit frightening and little too much.

Yet, I wanted to explore this metallic clothing trend.  For a more realistic lifestyle, is it possible to do metallics in a way that doesn’t say street walker or cocktail waitress?  You bet it is and I’m going to tell you how.

Before I do, however, I want to give you some advice about wearing metallics near your face through a top, a dress or a jacket.  Metallics are, obviously, very reflective fabrics.  Due to the fact that they reflect light, when worn near the face, they can enhance wrinkles or advanced styles of aging.  This is why older women often feel better in fabrics that have more texture.  If you’re someone who is trying to camouflage the signs of aging, metallics are probably better worn away from your face through pieces like skirts or in small doses or in understated ways.  It’s all about making an informed choice and if you’ve ever noticed that metallic or fabrics with sheen don’t do much for your facial appearance, there is a good chance that this is why.

Now, let’s move on to some looks

Metallic Peach
A beaded metallic top is a great way to make a pair of dark denim jeans worn for a night out with friends look more exciting.  Metallic isn’t just for formal anymore and the use of them in a more casual tank top creates this fun dichotomy that dresses up a look that would be seen as more laid back.   The nice thing about this top is that there is some nubby texture in the sequins that can make it suitable for someone with a bit more texture in their facial appearance.
Sophisticated Metallic
For a night out, a metallic skirt is a great way to dress up a look.  Additionally, the nice thing about a metallic skirt is that it is nowhere near the face.  This elegant look is great for a night out where a formal cocktail dress isn’t necessary but a slightly elevated look is.
Classy Metallic
One of the more obvious ways to wear metallics is through a cocktail dress.  Metallics can be subtle like in this case where the metallic is woven within the fabric.
Casual in Metallic
Metallics aren’t just for evening anymore.  This sweater has a metallic yarn knitted through which offers the sweater some trendy interest while still being a daytime look.  Adding a pair of sandals and some natural wood jewelry, this is a great weekend daytime look with a bit of flair.
Metallic Night Out
Nothing is stopping you from embracing the metallic trend whole-hog.  If you want to go for it, then…well, go for it.  This top is not for the wallflower.  To cut the metallic brightness, I brought in red to balance out the look and to make it a little less “Tin Man” in appearance.  Metallics don’t have to be tacky…just as long as you wear them in an un-tacky manner.
  • http://www.hautecurvywoman.com tovah

    That whole classsy metallic look is to die for. You picked out some great items and, worn together, would really look stunning.

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