Heavy Metal

Come summer, bronze and gold are most people's go-to metallics, but that's not your only option, of course. Rather than wearing the aforementioned warm hues, we've noticed ultra-stylish ladies like Camilla Belle, Poppy Delevingne, and Oh Land (with whom we're obsessed!) are opting for superbly chic, slightly silvery shades. Whether they're building an outfit around a standout dress, pairing their neutral pieces with gunmetal accents, or selecting a single mercury-hued piece, we're crazy about the way they're styling this cool color!

We'll be the first to admit that wearing this shimmery shade might seem intimidating at first--it's flamboyant in a futuristic sort of way--but it is actually extremely easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe! If you're not quite ready to don head-to-toe gunmetal garb, simply try out this trend with a statement necklace. For guidance, look to the outfit Gaia Repossi wore to a charity dinner in Paris last month. She teamed Celine Pre-Fall 11 pants and shoes with a white Celine S/S 11 cape, and then accessorized with a vintage necklace and clutch, as well as some Repossi Berbere Rings ($3345). We appreciate Repossi's well-calculated decision to add a head-turning, cascading necklace, which instantly enlivened her ensemble.

Opting for standout jewelry is definitely a great way to test-drive this look, but it certainly isn't the only way to do so! Poppy Delevingne and Taylor Tomasi Hill presented us with another idea for styling metallics: start with neutral separates and add a lustrous accent to spice up your outfit. Snapped at a party at Soho House in London in late March, Delevingne demonstrated this theory when she wore a glittery Thakoon jacket with an otherwise all-black ensemble. We especially love how she allowed her outerwear to stand out by pairing it with all-noir pieces, including an All Saints top, Willow leggings, Tory Burch boots, and a Bulgari bag. Of course black isn't your only option, as Marie Claire's Style and Accessories Director Taylor Tomasi Hill proved last month. Spotted at a Theory party in New York, Tomasi Hill started with army green pieces--specifically Comme des Garcons pants and an Equipment shirt--and added two gunmetal accents via Givenchy shoes and the Burberry sweater she tied around her waist. We particularly admire how her sparkly accents took her neutral outfit from simple to sensational!

Adding gunmetal accents to your ensemble is a great option if you want to play it safe, but if you're feeling even more adventurous, why not go for a dress in this steely shade? If you're looking for an A+ example of how to execute this look, simply check out the outfit Camilla Belle wore to a Coach party in Santa Monica earlier this spring. The actress let her fanciful Victoria Beckham frock shine by styling it with simple black Sergio Rossi pumps and an unfussy clutch, which was quite wise. (Loud accessories would have been too overwhelming.) We also adore the way singer/songwriter Oh Land wore this key metallic color last month at a cocktail reception at the Georg Jensen store in New York. The Danish singer/songwriter kept her sleek dress front and center by pairing it with a slicked-back bun and neutral shoes, resulting in a sophisticated after-dark look.

While Belle and Oh Land picked relatively body-skimming sheath dresses, you also can take a more romantic approach and go for a softer silhouette. As seen on Stockholm Streetstyle, a pleated midi frock like Halston Heritage's Pleated Evening Dress ($298) in Sterling Foil is certainly one brilliant option. Wear it with delicate heels or '70s-style platforms for a dramatic disco look, or make it more downtown-friendly by pairing it with a leather jacket and leopard loafers, as one stylish civilian did!

Now that we've discussed the various ways to wear this silvery shade, it's time to go for some gunmetal products! Just to keep things simple, let's start with accent items, a la Repossi and Tomasi Hill. If you're looking for some baubles, we'd like to direct you to Free People's Armor Fringe Bib ($38) and Topshop's Mesh Loop Tassel Necklace ($30); either option would look amazing with a sheer white blouse, or even a casual t-shirt. If you're more of an on-trend-footwear sort of girl, we've got options for you too. Elizabeth and James' Metallic Leather Ankle Boots ($289) are incredibly cool, and we also appreciate KORS Michael Kors' Ramsey Sandals ($225) in Gunmetal/Black. Not much for heels? Fret not, dear reader, because we have an idea for you too, specifically Enzo Angiolini's Nessta Sandals ($89), which have interested braided details. Moving on to clothing, if you're dying to recreate Poppy Delevingne's metallic mix, you'll want to check out this Miss Sixty Jacket ($130) and MICHAEL Michael Kors' Drape-Front Jacket ($450) as well. And last, but not least, dresses! While we love the Halston Heritage pleated number we talked about earlier, a shift is nice too, especially if it looks like Alice + Olivia's Silver Sequin Marina Dolman Sleeve Dress ($235). Additionally, for those of you who prefer a silhouette with a touch more detailing, don't miss J. Crew's Shimmerveil Dress ($295), which is quite flattering and has a hint of Lanvin in its bones.

Photos of Camilla Belle, Gaia Repossi, and Poppy Delevingne, courtesy of Getty; Photos of Oh Land and Taylor Tomasi Hill, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Street Style photo, courtesy of Stockholm Street Style