Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Trend Translation- Metallics


Metallic fabrics and effects have been at the forefront of fashion for several seasons, and shows no signs of going anywhere. Because gold, silver and bronze look amazing next to a tan, summer is a great time to experiment with this trend.

One of the easiest ways to wear a metallic is with shoes. A metallic shoe works for both day and night, as long as you pair it with understated clothes. For day, pull on a bronze heel to replace your usual brown. For night, slip on strappy silver sandals with a simple white dress. Metallics can typically replace any neutral that you might normally wear: brown, black, nude.

Another way to splash on a little metallic is with nail polish. I’ve been wearing a shade of OPI polish called Toron-Toes Rose. It’s a raspberry red blended with gold – the effect is sophisticated with just enough flash to feel trendy. It looks equally great on tips and toes.

If you’re interested in making a bigger statement with metallics, look for a foil tee shirt like this one from Lane Bryant. The metallic foil design stands out from the basic tee, which can be dressed up or down, without overwhelming your look. At all costs, avoid the lame' affect so popular in the 80's.

A Bombshell works a trend by fitting it into her own signature look. Decide how to best work metallics into your wardrobe for an easy update.

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