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Why you should reconsider metallics as a way to pep up your summer wardrobe

The very idea of wearing metallics by day might seem baffling; brilliant forthe party season, but surely never in the same category as thesubtle prints and pared-back colour palettes synonymous with warmer weather days?Of course,you do risk feeling overdone when stepping out in silver when the sun is shining and that instinct is important, yetthere are a plethora of ways to work gorgeous metallics into your everyday look forSpring.They lend themselves very well, for example, to a simple white t-shirt;metallic slip dresses are a romantic option for warmer evenings, and gold, as we"re sure youknow, looks great against lightly bronzedskin (seeSienna Miller at the Met Ballfor the ultimate proof).

We"ve got a few pointersto helpyou glide seamlessly through to summerwith a a hand full ofkey metallic pieces in tow.

Ease yourself in with accessories

If the idea of wearing silver trousers, or a goldjacket makes you want to run for the hills, we suggest adjusting your metallic radar with accessories first.Gold and silver bags are fool-proof.They go with just about everything,and will bring a certain elegant nonchalance to your look; effortless, but still put together.Youcan"t go wrong with Issey Miyake"s cult Bao Bao bag in a metallic hue, but there arean abundance of great high street options too(Anthropologie has some goodies, as does Whistles).

Baxter mini chaincamera bag, £95,Whistles; textured high waisted trousers, £130, Whistles;shoes, £165, Whistles (coming soon); striped top, £95, Whistles

Not just another jacket

A metallic jacket is the perfect pick-me-up for a simple spring outfit, and is actually very wearable.Try a bomber (à la Gucci"s magpie-level shinyversions) or a boxyjacket (see Weekday and Isabel Marant) that sits on your hips.Something about these slightly cropped styles make them more "effortless throw-on" thanoverkill.Pair with a midi skirt and a blouse for work, or offset something floral and girly for aweekend get-up.

Don"t just go for gold

Approach colourfulmetallics with caution as some have the potential to look garish, and also in theory aren"t particularly spring-suitable, butolive green is a very flattering colour and easy to work into the rest ofyour wardrobe.Ditch the tights (if you haven"t already) and try elevating a pleated skirt with a platform sandal.A neutral blouse (Related Apparel do a good one) brings the sheen down a notch-add a leather jacket for edge laterandyou have a great evening ensemble.

Metallic pleated skirt, £65, & Other Stories; shirt, £79, & Other Stories; platform sandals, £95, & Other Stories

Lurex knits are your new go-to cover-up

Shimmery knitwear comes to the rescuewhen it becomes too warm to warrant a substantial cover-up, but you still need something to ward of the chill in the evening.They"re also very versatile, and will look greatlayered underneath a lightweight jacket or thrown around your shoulders before you"re ready to put it on.Uterqüeand ASOS both have great options.Try pulling one on over the shirt you"ve been wearing at work if you"re heading straight out from the office, or pair with jeans and a chunky sandalto give your denim a little extra pizzazz.

Metallic sweater, £70,Uterqüe; nappa skirt, £160, Uterqüe​; leather shoes, £80,Uterqüe​

Platinum pants...Yes, you can

Sounds a bitboldand potentially not for the faint hearted,but metallic trousers are a greatalternative to tired black jeans.They may be a bitmuch for day time dalliances (although with simple trainers and a tee, they"d work)but a pair of shimmery wide-leg trousers, teamed with a simple blouse or silk t-shirt, couldbe justthe answer you"ve been looking for when it comes to all yourspring and summer event dressing dilemmas.

Copper satin rambling trousers, £127,Marina London

Don"t forget footwear

Despite metallics oftenbeing associated with the festive period, in reality this ishighly impractical assilver and gold shoes don"tlast five minutesin bad weather (trust us, we"ve been there).Seizethe opportunity while the sun is shining and invest in some equally shiny soles.Loafers (see Topshop), chunky sandals(Marni do a very covetable pair),pointy flats, jazzy trainers -take your pick.An ideal shortcut for adding interest to an otherwise minimalist look.

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