How to Wear the Metallic Trend

Drop your metallic fear and rock the trend with our dos and don’ts!


We all know how to pick our rings and collar necklaces, from silver to gold to bronze, but when it comes to your wardrobe, the metallic trend could be quite a tough genre to tackle. One wrong piece in your coordination could leave you looking like a a science fiction character, but the right combinations will make you stand out in any crowd. So drop that heavy metal fear and let us spin up the dos and don’ts for your new metallic hits.

DO pair with neutrals


Oversized Sweater, price unavailable, Lacoste; Leather Sling Bag, price unavailable, COACH; ‘Barbados’ Shoes, RM339, Lacoste; Baroque Leaf Foil-Print Leggings, RM59, Cotton On

The safest way to play with all that shine is to utilize your basics and neutrals. Black, white and grey are your most trustworthy friends.

DO choose form-fitting pieces


Asymmetrical Hemline Tank Top, RM899, BCBG Maxazria; Satin Clutch with Metal Embellishments, RM1,249, Shanghai Tang; Pleather Cuff, price unavailable, MANGO; Foil Printed Jeans, RM229, Levi’s

Metallics look best in figure-hugging styles. Balance it with looser blouses, pants or jackets for work OR play.

DO start slow


Dress with Pleated Skirt and Polka-Dot Mesh Sleeves, RM229, SEED; ‘Shock Mode’ Patent Leather Peep-Toe Wedge, RM429, Nine West; Metal Minaudiere, RM35,200, Bpttega Veneta; Studded Leather Collar, price unavailable, Dorothy Perkins

If the gunmetal shine is too much to handle at the beginning, you can always take it slow and wear the trend on a bag or on your shoes instead!

DON’T pair a metallic top with a metallic bottom


Dual-Tone Pullover, price unavailable, Dorothy Perkins; Set-of-Four Skull Rings, RM63, Diva; Rope Metal Necklace, RM89, Topshop; Metallic Denim Shorts, RM69.90, Kitschen; Felt Bowler Hat; RM59, Cotton On

Some things are just better off without a set. Choose only one metallic piece to work with and you’ll be safe.  

DON’T overload on embellishments


Metal Bangle, RM79, MANGO; Stud and Bead Necklace, RM44.90, Promod; Iridescent Embellished Shorts, RM329, Topshop; Sleeveless Chiffon Button-Down Top, RM59, Cotton On; Clutch with Leather Studs, RM219, ELLE

Texture is everything in this year’s fashion trends but when it comes to metallics, adding a sequin top, a shimmer skirt and a pair of glitter shoes together is your one way ticket to being a disco ball.

DON’T go OTT on accessories


Cropped Jacket with Pockets, RM2,750, Shanghai Tang; Peeptoe Oxford, RM4,100, Louis Vuitton; Snake Skin Minaudiere, price unavailable, Givenchy; Stud Earrings with Heart and Pearls, RM19, Heart Attack; Silver Rope Ring, RM208, Ted Baker; Shimmer Bodice Dress, RM216, Miss Selfridge

Your metallic piece is already the key point of your outfit so there’s no need for jewellery with loud accents – you don’t need to make two statements. Just keep it simple to tone down and enhance your key piece instead.

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