Style by Claire Lopez

High Shine

I remember having a gold metallic bag from Oasis a long, long time ago and getting a lot of stick from a certain friend, who shall remain nameless (Sue Fletcher-Watson) about it’s tackiness. Well, all I can say is that you were wrong because metallics are here to stay and if you are someone who doesn’t like flitting from trend to trend and prefers style over fashion, then this is where the money is. Some of the money anyway because metallics are essentially like leopard print or stripes: they go with everything but elevate your outfit, making it that bit more interesting.

So when you are betwixt and between and fancying something to freshen up your clothes, make like Tamatoa and go shiny.

Shiny Shoes

Yes please. I don’t actually have any shiny shoes. I don’t really have that many shoe shoes because of child-sized feet syndrome but if I were to be able to wear a slip on or a loafer I would go for any of these beauties:

Boden’s Geraldine Flats £90 would lift a black trouser or work nicely with denim. I like a statement flat for the evening because it says ‘understated’ in a way that a heel never can. But the evening game on these is definitely strong. And don’t forget the 20% off plus free returns and deliveries until 2nd September.

Or these Ines Loafers £90 in the antique cracked gold.

If you have a problem with slip ons then this Elsie Flat £70 has a strap to keep you in place.

Or Warehouse has this Two Part Point Flat £42 which has my name on it, hopefully as the flat for me.

In the world of trainers, these Steve Madden Bertie Metallic Flatform Trainers £70 are perfection, if like me, you want to cheat and add some height without wearing heels.

If you are still after summer, then these Sasha Sandal £55 from Hush are still available in some sizes in the gold.

Or these Metallic Leather Slip On Sandals £59 from &Other Stories.

Arm Candy

Given my previous with shiny bags, a metallic on my arm is a no-brainer and Mango has this Leather Metallic Bag £24.99 – in the sale. It comes in silver and a rose gold.

For something a little smaller try Warehouse for it’s Triangle Cross Body Bag £22.

Or its Leather Fold Over Clutch £35.

&Other Stories has a whole range of metallic bags that are gorgeous including this Two Compartment Leather Bag £79.

And the D Ring Cross Body Bag £69.

Alternatively a little card holder is very useful like this one £17

Belt Up

Instead of going for a black belt, why not try this Skinny Belt £25 from Boden with your jeans or over a dress.

For silver go for this White Stuff Skinny Belt £19.95.

For a total bargain this Maison de Nimes Skinny Belt is £8 and comes in rose gold or gold.

There aren’t that many pieces of metallic clothing I fancy – sequinned or metallic dresses yes but it isn’t really the time of year for them and gone are my days of wearing a metallic mini skirt – although there are a lot of them about eeek – so here is a much more grown up option: Whistles Kitty Metallic Pleated Midi Skirt £149. It’s a green metallic but don’t be put off that this is only good for Christmas (oh dear I just said it) parties and the day itself. Because with a chunky knit and boots this has a lot more to offer. And on that accidental slip of the finger I will end because it is still August – not that you’d know it, I’m about to turn the heating on.



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