Sorry, '80s Kids—You Might Cringe at This Trend's Revival


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If you grew up or spent any amount of time as a consciously thinking human in the '80s, this micro-trend is about to give you all the feels—as in, all the nostalgia—good or bad. Just like the other trends reemerging from the decade right now, such as puffy sleeves and neon brights, this one is bound to be polarizing. Ready or not, metallic clothing is on the rise.

While you may have reserved your shiniest, sparkliest pieces for nights out or New Year's Eve, it's time to embrace your inner disco girl for all hours of the day, too. If metallic clothing seems intimidating to you, fret not. The easiest way to embrace all that glitters is by balancing it out with clean neutrals and solid-colored basics. Try out a pair of pink metallic mules with your everyday jeans or ground a party dress with neutral heels. Get inspired by how fashion girls are reclaiming the trend in 2022, and then shop some suggestions to get you started.


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Metallic iterations on fashion-girl favorites like the mini skirt are popping up everywhere.


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Channel Kendall Jenner in cool-girl brand Area on your next night out with friends.


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It doesn't get any more fun (or timeless) than a metallic party dress.


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"Disco pants" like the ones from Saks Potts and Hosbjerb are the latest micro-trend all the Scandi girls are getting in on.


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Go for metallic versions of the pieces you already know and love, like a structured blazer.


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Feeling the shine? Load up on metallic accessories.


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Take note: Metallic swimwear is the latest emerging swim trend to take 2022 by storm.


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If you're really gunning for an '80s revival, team metallic pieces with puffy sleeves.

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This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.