How To Wear Metallics: A Complete Guide

Of all the current trends that have the ability to instantly turn an outfit from drab to fab, metallics might be the best. And (to us, at least) it’s refreshing to know that in a land of Birkenstock sandals and boyfriend jeans, we ladies are still allowed to be just a wee bit sparkly.

But, like anything, you can have too much of a good thing—that’s why metallics are best left to pieces that complement your outfit, not the main essentials. While a skirt or jacket in a metallic sheen can sometimes make a powerful statement, more often than not it comes across as over the top. Instead, we think a splash of silver in a clutch, shoe, or belt is the most impactful way to use the trend to your advantage.

Scroll down for five stylish ways to rock metallic this season, and 25 chic wardrobe additions to shop now!

1. Fact: a metallic bag dresses up any outfit.


Stockholm Street Style

Whether you’re going for grunge-chic (like this gal) or a more ladylike look, a little silver or gold bag will instantly make whatever you’re wearing look a lot dressier.

French Connection Clancy Cross-Body Bag ($145)

If you don’t yet have a classic silver satchel, we just did you a big favor.

Shop more stylish bags here!

Alexander McQueen Metallic Oversized Skull Pouch ($375)

This oversized pouch is great for a night out or anytime you’re on the go.

Alexander Wang Rockie Metallic Duffel ($875)

Wang’s classic studded duffle takes on a shiny new life. 

2. Try matching your metallic tones to the colors in your outfit.

While we love a silver-against-black effect as much as the next girl, there’s something really cool about wearing a colored metallic with a matching outfit. A metallic rose clutch with a pale pink dress—so pretty!

Marni Metallic Bow Clutch ($410)

Pair this bag with an all-pink look for massive impact.

Givenchy Antigona Small Metallic Leather Clutch ($1,085)

The rust brown color of this clutch makes the metallic finish extra-subtle.

Proenza Schouler PS11 Metallic Leather Chain Wallet ($1,080)

With a pair of light blue jeans, a white button-up, and a pair of nude flats, this one’s a killer.

3. Keep it simple.

Just because you’re wearing something shiny doesn’t mean you should try too hard to stand out—in fact, the opposite is true! Keep the rest of your outfit simple, like a basic knit and classic trousers in classic colors.

Loeffler Randall Junior Metallic Convertible Lock Clutch ($275)

This tiny clutch packs a double-punch with its gold finish and gold chain!

Cheap Monday Saviour Sling Back Flat Sandals ($74)

There’s just a touch of metallic in these flats, but they make a powerful statement.

Shop more chic flat sandals here!

Birkenstocks Metallic Arizona Sandals ($130)

The Birkenstock trend, made just a wee bit prettier!

Stella McCartney Metallic Snake Foldover Clutch ($975)

When it comes to metallic clutches, no one does it better than Stella McCartney.

4. Add a little twinkle to your toes.


Gastro Chic

Every woman needs a really great pair of metallic heels in her closet. If you’re too shy to wear full-on silver, try a black pair with a metallic cap-toe. It’s the best of both worlds!

J.Crew Lanie Crackled Metallic Sandals ($140)

This pair of silver ankle-strap heels will dress up any look to perfection.

J.Crew Valentina Mirror Metallic Pumps ($248)

A classic d’Orsay pump in a metallic finish—another must-have item!

Dolce & Gabbana Metallic Leather Sneakers ($695)

Yes, sneakers are still on-trend. If you need a reason to try it out for fall, here’s a good one.

Stella McCartney Metallic Python-Print Platform Loafers ($470)

It’s possible we’ve never loved a pair of sneakers as much as we love these.

J.Crew Malta Mirror Metallic Sandals ($78)

There’s something very Grecian goddess about these sandals.

J.Crew Biella Metallic Tassel Loafers ($298)

The shiny finish of this pair really takes the whole look of loafers to the next level!

5. Subtlety is key.


Soraya Bakhtiar

A little shine can often be more effective than going overboard; we love the hint of metallic in this gal’s bag and skirt.


J.Crew Crackled Metallic Leather Belt ($45)

A slim silver belt can be worn in a million different ways—all of them equally stylish and awesome.

Givenchy Metallic Striped Cashmere Blend Sweater ($1,475)

We love the futuristic stripes on this sweater.

Are you into this trend? Sound off in the comments below!

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