What’s the key to a modern, stylish wardrobe? Quality pieces that serve as workhorses in your closet, a consistent stable of basics, and special items that add sass and sizzle. And the main thing that all these items have in common is versatility. There should be nothing in your wardrobe that can’t be worn three different ways, and ideally, the majority of your styles have many more outfitting options than that. But when you think of ‘versatility’, don’t assume that everything is boring and bland – there are loads of unique styles that have multiple uses, as well.
One place where versatility is king is accessories. Accessories can add fun, punch and that extra something to even the simplest of looks. Yes – nude shoes go with everything, and black bags are your go-to, but do you know the other accessory color that is just as wearable, and can add major spark to your everyday style? It’s metallic! Metallic accessories are the unsung, often overlooked heroes of the shoe, bag and belt world.
I often initiate clients into the world of metallic accessories, and here’s how I explain it: gold is just shiny beige, silver is just shiny grey, and pewter, copper, etc. live somewhere in between. So now you may be thinking, “yes, I can wear shiny heels and a gold bag to a holiday party, but when else would I wear something so sparkly?” And the answer is ALL THE TIME. Gold, silver and the like are just as appropriate for relaxed daytime as they are for dressy nighttime. Read on for how I help clients incorporate metallic accessories into their wardrobes, whether the agenda is casual, corporate, or heading out for cocktails.
One of my favorite ways to add shine to a client’s wardrobe (especially if she’s never worn it before) is with a simple metallic belt. It adds so much more than a neutral belt ever could! It draws attention to her waist in a subtle way - even when she’s wearing a blazer or cardigan - and it’s a little unexpected, which is always fun. And don’t even get me started on the versatility of a silver/gold loafer or lace-up shoe – it pretty much goes with anything. If you want to keep it traditional, pair silver shades with cool colors and gold tones with warm hues – but if you’re adventurous, play with either or both.
The next question clients often ask is, “can I wear gold and silver at the same time?” And the answer is a resounding YES! They are both neutrals, so it’s a no-brainer.
A work bag is that kind of thing that most women only want one of. They don’t want to be changing it out based on their outfit (who wants to shift their stuff from handbag to handbag?), so we look for options that mix and match with their entire wardrobe. And what better to pair with a multitude of office outfits than metallic? Feel free to grab that bronze tote whether you’re wearing a classic sheath, tailored separates or dressed-down denim on casual Friday.
If you’re concerned about a little too much shine for the workplace, focus on styles that are burnished or have a patina. It’s a little less ‘look-at-me’ shine, but with just as much ‘I have style at work’ interest.
When it’s time to turn up the volume, metallic accessories are the ideal choice to add straight up sparkle and glitz. The amazing thing is that you can have just one pair of killer gold heels or a single silver clutch, and it will go with most any dressy outfit – they add needed glam to otherwise understated neutral looks, and metallic shades pair with every color of the rainbow. Wear them with a sexy silk top and skinny jeans for a girls’ night out, pair them with your favorite LBD for an evening networking event, and grab them every weekend during holiday party season.
As a general rule, two hits of metallic are probably enough for any outfit, the same way that two pops of a bright color are sufficient for major style impact. But then again, some rules are made to be broken…