When I’m in my all-black ensembles I’m actually secretly hoping to swim in seas of sparkle, and shimmer, and shine, and metallics, and liquids, and, okay I guess diamonds too. Oh the world would make so much more sense. It’d be like we’re all bloody living in glasses of expensive champagne with diamonds on all our fingers and toes, and we’d be wearing metallic eyeshadows and lipsticks and have cheeks that kill. Those too would be high shine and so would our hair, and nails, and stilettos, and skin. We’d basically be some hyper cool and very hot and fashionable version of space women drunk on life and luxe and shine. All with a dash of edge and perhaps a bit of drama.
You can’t do fashion sans drama.
Well, I have a great news for you my loves. As of 2016 SS the above picture is not a dream anymore. Hell no. We can live it, and love it.
2016 Summer Metallic Trend & anything that shines and sparkles is huge, and you know what – I predict it will all linger throughout next year’s cold season. Every single designer sent his models down the runway in some sort of version of space-girls. From super polished and high fashion-minimal or sophisticated to more edgy or grungy takes of this metallic new look.
Sure, the whole high shine is far from new, in fact it was in 2014 season that metallics had their biggest comeback in fashion since the 80s. Yes, there was a brief episode in the 90s as well, but I feel like today metallics & high shine (sparkles, sequins, liquid) are a very high fashion version of the 80s trend.
And I also think we just didn’t get enough of the metallic thing in 2014. We didn’t milk that shit enough. Burberry had those amazing metallic-high-shine trench coats, Jonathan Saunders had some fab high shine rocknroll skirts – but we stopped somewhere on the way. Thank God we came back to our senses.
The 2016 Metallic Summer Trend is so versatile and such a fab casual and cool combo that it perfectly nailed that rocknroll edge with the 80s kitsch, with today’s obsession with casual and sporty, and fashion’s penchant for uber polished pieces.
I absolutely ADORE this trend, and anything from metallic to sparkle and sequins, for both daytime and evening. It’s like tailored to my glam rocknroll core.
So how does one wear high shine and metallics during the daytime?
I feel like to each their own you know. However, I do think there’s a major tip to keep an eye on in this case: don not go all out on metallics or sparkles, but try and balance everything out with a piece (or more) from totally different style and fabric.
For example: pair metallic pants with a cotton simple white or black tee. Or a metallic skirt paired with sneakers. Or a full on metallic dress with a bomber jacket or a light parka. Balance out each piece and work with contrasts.
A great way to wear metallics is to pair them with denim for a more easy look. If however this is too mainstream (cause it is actually) pair metallics and sparkles with more office-like-fabrics and pieces.
Then there are the types of metallics and summer shimmer you can do. The light fabrics look perfect in loose cut clothes and spaghetti strap cami tops, or cami dresses a la 90s, worn with a white tee underneath and ugly chunky shoes. I love those contrasts.
If this is way too much for you opt for metallic shimmery details: nails, makeup, bags, shoes, jewellery.
This metallic trend is really more of a very classic look, but it’s so reinvented and nipped and tucked for 2016, that we’re getting so much more room to have fun and play with clothes and outfits that were once evening-attire-only.
I said it before and I’ll say it again: fashion is about fun, and a while lotta fuck you to most rules. THIS trend I feel best represents this.
In case you too are having a major sparkles, metallics, and shine craving – my fave pieces for you below.
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And now a little bit of inspo.
Ah, finally a trend to match our moods and personalities.
Have a great week my gorgeous little ones.