10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Metallic Outfit

Eke Esther

Whether you’re looking for something bold and eye-catching or something subtly shiny, metallic outfits are never out of style. We’ve seen metallic outfits in almost every decade, from gilded gold looks in the ‘70s and ‘80s to jewel toned metallic looks in the early ‘00s and sleek silvers in the ‘00s.

Metallics are back this season with new textures and surprising textile combinations. Akris paired thick knit dresses with high shine metallic boots during their runway show at New York’s Fashion Week. 

Other designers, such as Christian Siriano and Jason Wu, have also shown molten metal dresses and separates, opting for a rough hewn, multidimensional finish in contrast to the micro sequin smoothness we’ve seen on red carpets this season. Whether you’re a fan of layered statement textures or just want a little shine, we’ve got you covered with our 10 metallic outfits worth replicating.

Subvert Classic Suiting

Is there anything more elegant than a tailored suit? Well, we don’t think so, unless you’re going for a muted silver or a gunmetal gray suit. Of course, you can always go for a gold suit, but we love the elegance of darker hues for this metallic outfit look. If you’re looking for a more elevated look, opt for a suit that features a luxurious pattern such as brocade or a moody floral print.

Try a Liquid Metal Finish

If this year’s best-dressed celebrities have proven one thing, it’s that you can’t go wrong with micro-sequins’ liquid sheen. This metallic texture is just as eye-catching in gold and silver as it is in soft dove gray, smokey beige and more.

Opt for Coated Denim

If you’re looking for a more subtle twist on a metallic look, try styling your look with a shiny coated denim skirt, or a pair of jeans. Coated jeans come in a variety of hues, from shimmering quicksilver all the way down to softly shining opalescent hues, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Generally speaking, darker denim will have a darker, more vampyrous metallic look, while lighter denim will have a more opalescent shine.

Mix Metals

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Mixing metals isn’t just a good rule of thumb when layering jewellery; it works equally well when putting together a metallic outfit. Pair separates in tones on opposing ends of the metallic colour wheel or choose a single piece that features multiple shiny shades in colour-blocked panels, sequins, or a high-contrast pattern.

Go Beyond Silver and Gold

There’s no such thing as a “gold-dipped” or “shining silver” look, but there is an entire world of metallic hues to choose from. Many of these hues are even more eye-catching than the ones inspired by the precious metals themselves. Make a statement with vivid magenta or royal blue or forest green for your next gold-plated look. 

Add a Structural Statement Piece

Metallic bottoms and contrasting tops are two of the best ways to wear metallic outfits, but you can also use the texture as an accent. Metallic corsets and corsets are never going to go out of fashion, and the structure of these garments makes them perfect for metallic textiles such as faux leather and durable vinyl. 

Our favorite way to wear a metallic outfit is to add a corset to a maxi dress or a midi dress that is cinched in.

Try a Subtle Print

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the brightness of straight gold and silver separates, try breaking up the monotony with a more subtle pattern, such as stripes. You’ll still get the look of a metallic look, just not as bright.

Swap Out Your Go-To Neutrals

One of the easiest and most effective ways to incorporate more metals into your ‘fit rotation is by thinking of them as neutral. For example, if you wear a classic trench that you wear every week, why not switch it out for a gold one? Or if you wear a pair of black work pants that you can’t live without, why not switch them out for a striking silver one? Not only does this styling hack brighten up your favorite look, but it’s also a great way to decide what metallic pieces you’re willing to invest in.

Brighten Up Business Casual

Metallics have a reputation for being a bit loud, which isn’t necessarily true, but this trend-led texture can be surprisingly subtle. Just as we did with our neutral colour swap above, think about making metallic separates a staple in your work wardrobe. Whether it’s a pair of silver slacks or a fitted gold blazer, adding a touch of metal to your business casual wardrobe can take you from the office right into happy hour.

Add a Barely-There Layer

If you’re looking for an easy-on-the-go metallic look, we suggest styling a lightweight mesh/weave dress with an oversized button down shirt/shirt dress. Don’t worry about how your layers match up; playfully oversized proportions will highlight the metallic top layer you’ve chosen. Sneakers will keep this look on-trend for the day, and a pair of bright heels will take it to the next level for a night on the town!

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Eke Esther is a professional content writer that focuses on fashion and lifestyle. She has worked as a freelancer for years, helping several organizations achieve remarkable results. Giving you the newest fashion designs and trends is her main goal. You'll get blogs of the highest caliber that fit your tastes.
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