How to wear metallics… without looking like you"re wrapped in tin foil

How to wear metallics… without looking like you”re wrapped in tin foil

This Christmas, fashion has gone crazy for heavy metal. From bronze T-shirts to pink metallic skirts, gunmetal dresses to silver nail polishes — the idea is to shine as brightly as the star on top of the Christmas tree… but to look a bit cool, too.

Acne, Moschino, Richard Nicoll and Stella McCartney have all sent metallics down the catwalk, while Gywneth Paltrow and Heidi Klum have worked the look on the red carpet.

Elle Macpherson has even been sporting metallic jeans — nicknamed ‘bling jeans’ and selling fast in Topshop and Zara.

Shine on: Metallics have been a big look with designers, left, and with celebs like Elle Macpherson Shine on: Metallics have been a big look with designers, left, and with celebs like Elle Macpherson

Shine on: Metallics have been a big look with designers, left, and with celebs like Elle Macpherson

Here’s how to embrace the look without looking like you’ve wrapped up in foil.

2,000BC

The start of Britain”s Bronze Age — when new bronze tools and weapons were brought here from across Europe

HOW TO WEAR

If you’re wearing a metallic dress, keep your accessories and make up simple and matt.
For day-wear, team metallic jeans or skirts with an understated jumper or jersey top. A metallic T-shirt adds a bit of rock and roll bling to plain jeans.
Do not team metallic trousers and top. Ever.
If you don’t want to go all out, try adding metallic shoes, bags or nail varnish to liven up a simple outfit.

SHOPPING LIST

Dress, 150, frenchconnection.com

Dress, 150, frenchconnection.com

Copper skirt, 90, topshop.com

Copper skirt, 90, topshop.com

Amelia shoes, 120, Carvela at kurtgeiger.com

Amelia shoes, 120, Carvela at kurtgeiger.com

Bag, 59.99, zara.com

Bag, 59.99, zara.com