Mixing Metallics

How to be less "disco-ball" and more "graceful, glowing, beam."
Mixing Metallics can be a challenge. Sure, they look great in theory, but when overdone you become some version of a slinky disco ball spinning around for attention.  Sorry, I said it. BUT, the flip side of these shiny superstars is that when you find the right shades, the right cuts, the right materials, and the right prints, they (which means you!) can light up a room: less disco ball and more glowing beam of light.

Metallics, in general, can be a challenge in our wardrobe because let’s be honest, when they are not done right, they can come across very, very … blingy? Cheesy? Cheap? Sorry, I said it. BUT, the flip side of these shiny superstars is that when you find the right shades, the right cuts, the right materials, and the right prints, they (which means you!) can light up a room: less disco ball and more glowing beam of light. 

ONE. Mixing Metallics

The number one rule for mixing metallics is to make sure your color combination is of the same family. I love putting black and dark silver metallics together for so many reasons, number one being that they both already live in my comfort zone of black on black on black. But, the two together are also extremely versatile and can truly be a chameleon in any occasion. Depending on the look you are going for, the two of them together can make an evening outfit dazzle or a daytime look super stylish. Bronze and gold are also great together and can feel very glamorous. Here, I have a mixture of soft blush and dusty pinks with light gray and silver. I love how the pink gives it a feminine feel, but the additions of grays and silver take it to a more “rockstar chic” level.  I would stay clear of mixing any bold metallic colors, think jewel tones and primary shades. Their already powerful nature can very quickly take an outfit to “too much.”

Mixing Metallics can be a challenge. Sure, they look great in theory, but when overdone you become some version of a slinky disco ball spinning around for attention.  Sorry, I said it. BUT, the flip side of these shiny superstars is that when you find the right shades, the right cuts, the right materials, and the right prints, they (which means you!) can light up a room: less disco ball and more glowing beam of light.
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Two: Less is NOT More

Another rule of thumb with your metallic outfit – less (clothing) is not more. With an already flashy, and relatively racy feel, the heat should never be turned up … Meaning, no slinky tops or tight short skirts. Choose more modest pieces, like jeans, blouses or midi skirts to ensure you don’t fall into the metallic “danger zone.”

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A huge positive to metallics is that they can live on almost any material. I have everything from metallic silk, to metallic denim, to metallic cotton blends. And, I don’t have a favorite either. I love the silks because they feel pretty and ladylike. I love the denim because they have an edge to them. And, I love the cotton blends because they are comfortable and versatile. So, fall in love with one or all metallic materials, because they all have advantageous features.    

Mixing Metallics can be a challenge. Sure, they look great in theory, but when overdone you become some version of a slinky disco ball spinning around for attention.  Sorry, I said it. BUT, the flip side of these shiny superstars is that when you find the right shades, the right cuts, the right materials, and the right prints, they (which means you!) can light up a room: less disco ball and more glowing beam of light.
Make sure your metallics are in the same color family. Bronze and gold are also great together and can feel very glamorous.
TREE: More is More, How to Maximize Your Metallics

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to be adventurous with textures, prints, or even embellishments. Here, I mixed in snakeskin. It sounds so bad when I am writing it, but it works well with this particular outfit. Both the denim and the clutch have the snakeskin effect, which brought the nature of the outfit to be a bit more glam. Try adding in some cheetah or leopard to a neutral palette. Or even some silver chain motif or diamond edge to your black and silver look. Yes, a little will go a long way, but it will also add in some serious fun!

I hope this helps a bit because I know mixing metallics can be overwhelming. Follow my guidelines (and take some risks), and I promise you will create a radiant look.

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