How To Wear The Olympic Metals
There's a lot of talk about medals in the U.K. at the moment, but when the Olympic chatter stops and summer wanes, we'll still have our eyes on the bronze, silver and gold — of fashion.
Metallics are the trend for the new season. Designers are giving us opulent fabrics that shimmer and shine — as well as a healthy dose of studs, glitter, Lurex and sequins that rival the fireworks of an Olympic opening ceremony.
The best part? These fabrics form the perfect transition pieces from Olympic summer to autumn-winter. We've got our own selection of podium winners below, from highbrow to high street. Which metal will you take home?
Metallic jeans are a rock and roll way to add this trend into our lives for daytime and evening. Check out these bronze beauties by 7 For All Mankind at my-wardrobe.com for £220. It's not unusual to pay top prices for jeans these days, but if your budget won't stretch like they do, look for alternatives like Topshop's Moto line. These jeans, in pewter, are just £10 and would look great with some chunky boots.
For some bronze arm candy, fashionistas have long recommended the versatile and elegant Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch. It's worth the price at £350, but we've scoured the internet to find you a high street stand-in, albeit in gold, at Oasis (£25).
To really capture the spirit of the U.K. for 2012, look no further than Vivienne Westwood paying homage to Boudicca, with this molten, drapey dress. At £199, it's high design for a mid-range budget.
For a true silver steal, head to Zara for this voluminous silver jacquard mini skirt. For £12.99, we worry they're playing a cruel joke on us.
Danish house By Malene Birger lays on the gilt with a range of metallics for autumn-winter. Our favourites for the gold? Her lame top is sleek and modern with its split sides and looks great with tailored trousers. Or shift it up and buy the lame trousers, which, with even the simplest tank top and the right jewellery, create the ultimate evening look. Both are available at my-wardrobe.com for £179 and £225, respectively.
And remember, gold details are everywhere, from studded jackets to chains. Also, don't forget your bling. This rose gold cuff has a hint of Grecian charm perfect for any Olympic tribute (cosstores.com, £29).
So... it's time to start exercising — your self control! Otherwise, you might end up with a sweep. But that wouldn't be so bad, would it?