Pick Six: Heavy Metals

Apr 18, 2017

I love metallics.  Gold, silver, rose gold, I’ll take all of the above, please.

Metallics function both as a neutral and an accent color.  They go with everything and give any outfit a boost.  From pale sparkles to modern foil, there’s a metallic look for any wardrobe.  Here are some of the very best pieces in metallics of all shades to bring brilliance and shine to your spring attire.

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Metallic scarves are a fun way to bring shine and shimmer to an outfit.  Lightweight metallic scarves are a great option for keeping warm in a chilly office.  I also keep a metallic scarf in my carry-on bag.

This striped metallic linen-blend scarf from BR has a wonderful mix of gold, ivory, and grey.  I also like this soft gold Calvin Klein scarf with a subtle print.  This silver scarf from Anthropologie has a chic dark pewter color to it.
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Metallic flats are a wardrobe staple.  I wear them to commute.  I wear them with casual dresses.  I wear them around the office prior to putting on my heels.  I wear them on planes.  Basically, I wear them everywhere, because they go with everything.

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London Rebel Bow Back Flats ($46)

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Yosi Samra Vannah Flat ($113)

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Teacup Laser-Cut Flat ($125)

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For years, I rocked a pale gold wallet.  It went with everything.  I could carry it solo as a clutch, or pair it with any one of my many colored purses, and it always looked great.  Then, it wore out, and I got the bright idea to replace it with a red wallet.  Mistake.  The red totally clashes.  Now, I’m on the hunt for another metallic wallet.

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This pale gold Lodis wallet is the answer to my prayers.  It looks like a clutch.  It has great internal storage.  And it’s a very reasonable priced $55.  (I’ll just keep cash in the checkbook slot, since I never carry one.)

If this isn’t tickling your fancy, I also like this Calvin Klein wallet that comes in rose gold and fetching metallic taupe.  I also like this Kate Spade wallet.  But if you’re looking for a steal, both this small square tasseled wallet and this Mossimo flat wallet are under-$20.

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I love metallic eye shadow.  I wear Stila’s Oasis every day, and since they are discontinuing it, I have to scoop it up from eBay.  I’m also a huge fan of baremineral’s bronze eyeliner; it has the same depth as basic brown, but with a hint of shimmer.  And if I really want to spice it up, I love Touch in Sol mettalist liquid eyeshadow.  For a similar look for less, Maybelline’s Color Tattoo collection has a great selection of metallic shadows in every shade from gold to pink to purple. (image found here)

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Some days, I flip through a fashion magazine and find myself asking, “When did sneakers get cool again?”  For years, it was nothing but ballet flats, and now, metallic sneakers are all the rage.  I bought the Lacoste rose gold pair below just so I wouldn’t get left behind (though I’m still figuring out how to wear them).

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For something really bold, Forever21 has these all rose gold kicks.  While these simple Keds have a more subtle look to them.  Or if it’s silver you’re after, you can grab those Lacoste sneakers or these slick pewter mesh running shoes.

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Lastly, if your talking about metallics, you have to talk about jewelry.  But I don’t want to discuss necklaces, earrings, or rings–that’s another post–instead, I want to talk about hair accessories.  I have the basic updo licked, but sometimes I want to give my simple chignon a little boost.  A cute hair clip or hair pin can adda little something extra to any hairstyle.

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Madewell Ponytail Clip ($12)

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London B Hair Clip ($9)

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Maple Leaf Hair Clip ($72)

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  1. Cait says:

    Oh if only those ASOS flats came in size 11! I’ve been hunting for an under-$100 pair of metallic flats with a bit of flair.

  2. SC says:

    Having used both, I prefer the Revlon ColorStay crème shadows to the Color Tattoos — Revlon’s are a bit more buttery and don’t seem to dry out as quickly. I’m actually wearing Praline right now (and I’m picking up Cherry Blossom after work)!

  3. Bethany says:

    I love metallic eyeshadow as well, recently, I received bobbi brown long wear cream shadow stick in golden pink and Laura mercier caviar stick eye colour in rose gold from my Sephora play boxes and I honestly love them both. I cannot decide which one I’m going to buy the full version of and they are great as a base for mattes and blending other shimmer shadows into. Both are so easily blendable and I feel like my eye shadow routine time has been cut down because of them.

    • MS says:

      I love the Bobbi Brown shadow stick in golden pink! I’ve been wearing it for three years and it lasts me a long time (maybe a year of wearing a few times a week). I haven’t tried the LM option, but highly recommend BB to anyone who is otherwise too lazy to wear shadow, so easy and works so well.

  4. Jess says:

    Ah! that scarf! I totally fell in love with it at first sight which is my new rule for buying anything- must inspire instant love or it doesn’t come home with me. Still, I’m having a hard time with $50 for a scarf.

  5. Katharine says:

    If you’re looking for a new metallic eyeshadow, you should definitely check out the Essential Eye palette from Stowaway Cosmetics. It has eight shades: several of them are really lovely, shimmery metallics, and the rest are matte neutrals. It’s also the size of a credit card which makes it awesome for traveling or workday touch ups!

  6. Melissa says:

    Does the Lodi wallet fit an iphone in the zipper pocket? Wondering if I can use it as a clutch. Thanks!

    • Belle says:

      I used to do this in the one I had before, same size, and it worked. Mine was just ordered yesterday, so it’s not here yet, or i’d measure it.

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