How to wear metallics before dark

Add an edge to daytime dressing with this timeless trend--but don’t forget some rules of taste


Gold dress with sheer hem, Myth

Metallics are back, as designers offered interesting versions of the scintillating trend for their Fall 2012 collections.

Barbara Bui went for slightly Asian-inspired ’70s glamour with tuxedo jackets, jersey and lamé maxi dresses, and loose leopard-print trousers. Elie Saab featured red carpet-ready frocks decked in gold and silver sequins, some made sexier with thigh-high slits.

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa and Michael Kors took a similar route. Marchesa paired the trend with embroidery and tulle, while Kors featured cocktail hour pieces. He showed a drop-waist gold number with sheer insets and a floor-sweeping iridescent dress, but tamed an eye-catching gold lace skirt with an ivory fisherman sweater.

Proving the perennial trend’s versatility was Prabal Gurung, who came up with polished basics: billowy knee-grazing skirts, trousers and cinched dresses.

Take metallic pieces from nighttime glam to daytime chic, with these easy style tips.

Lamé pleated dress with appliqués, Myth; Nude sandals, Zara

Since a metallic dress already  packs a visual punch on its own, there’s no need to go overboard with accessories, or to wear any at all.

Gold dress with sheer hem, Myth


2. Pair a metallic dress with neutrals

Easily incorporate metallic pieces into your wardrobe by balancing them out with nude pieces, like wearing a lamé dress with simple nude sandals.

Lamé pleated dress with appliqués, Myth; Nude sandals, Zara

3. Wear one metallic piece at a time

Sheer button-down shirt, Zara; Culottes, Emporio Armani

Keep your look polished by choosing one metallic piece and accentuating it accordingly. Top off slightly metallic culottes with a sheer pastel button-down shirt to keep the overall look toned down.

Sheer button-down shirt, Zara;

Culottes, Emporio Armani

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