ACCESSORIES REPORT: Gold, Silver, Metals, Oh My!

Gold, Silver, Brass and Copper. To the average person, the first thing that comes to mind is that they are materials. To the scientist, they are elements. But to Fashionistas, metals have become the hottest new word in accessories. Metals have been seen everywhere, from bracelets to cuffs, to necklaces and even on shoes. “Arm Parties” full of gold bangles and assorted bracelets are the newest trend to try. Metal spikes on oxfords are popping up everywhere. Gold hardware as seen on Alexander Wang bags are becoming über popular. Ultimately, Metals have taken over the fashion world by storm this season.

These new accessories have been popping up everywhere. Take for example the ever-popular Hermès bracelet, as seen all over GWU. The gold or silver bracelet with different color hues pops with any outfit. Kenneth Jay Lane’s gold bangles with colors are also great for those looking for a bohemian touch. Finally, even silver or gold rings, such as this Urban Outfitters skull ring, are a great bold accessory to add on to any outfit.

This Fashionista embodies the complete sophisticated rocker look. She begins with a red H&M button down and adds Armani Exchange leather skinnies to toughen up her outfit. To add even more toughness to the outfit, she chose her black Jeffery Campbell flats with metal spikes to accompany the outfit. Finally, in order to balance out her outfit and to give it a sophisticated finishing touch, she wears her treasured Fendi cuff. This way, she has an equal balance of tough and classic without having to stick to one specific look.

Metals are everywhere. Therefore, how much metal and what type of metal you put into your outfit is all up to the style you want to convey. Gold is great for a bohemian, bright look that is young and fun. Silver can add that sophisticated touch to any outfit. Finally, even the little touches, such as ones on bags or shoes, can completely transform any classic. Just remember to use in moderation, like at the doctor’s office with lollipops. Although I definitely saw you take three.

Spotted: Michael Kors used various metal pieces in his autumn/winter 2011 runway show.

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