The Non-Boring Spring Trend Fashion People Are Wearing With Their Basics


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By far one of the most exciting trends I'm embracing this year is bright and bold metallics. Eye-catching silver and gold hues, in particular, had a huge presence on the spring/summer 2023 runways—spotted on everything from outerwear and shoes to pants and handbags at shows such as Tory Burch, Nensi Dojka, Bottega Veneta, Paco Rabanne, Valentino, Gucci, JW Anderson, Jason Wu… the list goes on.

While metallics usually get their time to shine in autumn and winter, what makes metallics feel so fresh and alluring is the idea of adding them effortlessly to our warm-weather wardrobes. (And don't worry—they'll certainly be sticking around for the colder season too after spotting them far and wide on the recent A/W 23 runways).

How fun and refreshingly cool to pair your white tank top with relaxed silver trousers, or your jeans with gold Mary Janes, or give a casual little white dress an of-the-moment touch with a silver handbag. Quite honestly, the styling options are endless and above all exciting—proving that metallics are versatile, modern, and cool for both day and night.

Of course, fashion people have been quick to take on the fun trend—we've already spotted silver and gold hues in full force during fashion month, as well as on celebs, and the fashion Instagram set. If you need extra encouragement to try the trend this spring and summer, take a peek below for plenty of styling inspiration from the runways and fashion crowd, and then shop our favourite silver and gold pieces that feel modern and fresh for the season ahead.

Metallics on the S/S 23 Runway:


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For a statement look, try a metallic gold jacket over your basics.


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A shimmering silver skirt paired with a sleek top is a trendy option for your next special event.


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Give a metallic slip dress a casual spin and try pairing it with flatform sandals and a denim jacket.

A Peek at Metallics on the A/W 23 Runway:


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Make a statement with a matching silver set during the colder months.


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This is one outfit I am personally so excited to replicate for myself. Simple yet striking.


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Metallic accessories are an easy way to lean into the trend.


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Experiment with touches of silver within your outfit. I'm really into this silver underwear and low-rise skirt situation spotted on the runway at Vaillant.

See How the Fashion Crowd Are Styling Metallics and Shop Our Favourite Pieces:

1. Silver Trousers


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Style Notes: Metallic pants aren't just for a fancy night out. Give them a casual spin and style them with a white tank top, a neutral blazer or a denim jacket for a look that feels very 2023.


2. Gold Trousers


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Style Notes: Take your look into the evening by pairing a gold pair of straight-leg pants with a black blouse.


3. Silver Shoes


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Style Notes: A chic and easy way to try the trend is with a pair of metallic shoes. Style them with your neutral basics to let them pop.


4. Gold Shoes


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Style Notes: Break up a neutral outfit with gold boots and a pop of red—two colors that complement each other beautifully.


5. Metallic Mini Skirts


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Style Notes: Add a trend-forward touch to your white tank or tee and pair with a shimmery metallic skirt for day-to-night look that feels fresh.


6. Metallic Bags


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Style Notes: Take your outfit from zero to one hundred with the addition of an eye-catching silver or gold handbag.


Shop More Metallic Pieces:

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This story originally appeared on Who What Wear US and has since been updated.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.