NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: A model walks the runway at Gucci Cruise 2016 at Dia Art Foundation on June 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Metallics are this seasons must-have trend. With winter warming up and spring on the horizon, fashion is looking to all things bright and shiny! This season’s runaways have featured glitzy gold hues and metal palettes, with gold jacquard and gun metal silvers. Embrace the metallic trend by opting for shimmering dresses and paring back the accessories to let your outfit shine on!

How to: Style Metallics

1. Never mix the elements!

dressing formally in MetallicsAdorne - Boho Stone Teardrop Metal Cuff - Front

The trickiest part of wearing this seasons trend is to not go overboard and end up looking like a walking gold nugget. The first rule when it comes to wearing metallics is to not mix the elements! If you are opting for a gold dress, do not pair with silver accessories. The same goes for copper or bronze or any metallic shade. Mixing different metallic shades results in a look that is busy, confusing and oh-so not chic! Choose one metallic and stick to it. This Lanvin silk dress is perfect for those who want to dip their toes in the trend but not be consumed entirely. Blacks break up the bold metallic shades perfectly and adds a balance to the outfit. Try styling with a single metal cuff and black or nude heels or black boots for a modern edge.

2. Sparkle darling, sparkle!

Parker Black Petra Dress - Front - GoldGrace and Blaze - Oscar Gown - FrontBadgley Mischka - Gold Sequin Cowl Back - Front

For formal events, the metallic trend is a match made in heaven. Shimmering, glittering, dazzling gowns in shades of silver and gold make for a regal appearance; and how can one not feel like a princess in a glittering floor-length gown?! For such events, let your dress do the talking and keep accessories embellish-free. Avoid pairing a glittered dress with a sequin clutch unless it’s 80s glam rock night at the local disco hall! The same goes for details such as your hair and makeup. Keep the face nude with earthy, matte tones. A nude lip works best with metallics. Pair with silver strappy heels and keep your hair loose and understated for a demure yet glamorous appearance. Our favourite pick of metallic formal gowns is this Badgley Mischka gold sequin gown. This would look great styled with black nail polish and a smokey brown eye. when it comes to a purse or clutch, avoid those in the same colour or aesthetic as your gown as it will end up blending in with your outfit and clashing. Instead, opt for a nude clutch.

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3. Accessorise with heavy metal

Elle Zeitoune - Brandy Black Dress - FrontSamantha Wills - Your Warm Whispers Bracelet Set - Gold - FrontOlga Berg - Alexia Studded Square Pod - FrontAdorne - Boho Stone Teardrop Ring - Natural Gold - Front

A simple way to incorporate the metallic trend is through accessories! If you aren’t entirely sure of wearing head to toe gold or just want to dip your toes in to the trend, styling metallic accessories in shades of gold, copper, bronze and silver is a perfect way look fashion-forward while still keeping modest. Style a simple black dress or outfit with gold embellishments in the form of a handbag or clutch, jewellery and shoes. The basic rule for dressing with metallics is to stay in the shade range of your natural skin tone. Warm skin tones look great in gold while silvers pop on cooler skin tones, and shades such as bronze and rose gold flatter every skin tone.


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