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BLOGGER CHALLENGE: METALLICS

Bronze, silver, or gold; these four bloggers shine in the season's metallics
by Isha Andaya-Valles / September 27, 2011
BLOGGER CHALLENGE: METALLICS

Bronze, silver, gold—what’s not to love about the precious sheen of metals? Apart from simply piling on the jewelry, fashion’s embraced their luster applying that same metallic shine on garments via special cloth treatments, cool hardware, or luxe fabrics. 

We’ve asked bloggers Camille Co, Lexi Gancayco, Alyssa Lapid and Kookie Buhain to show us how they’ve worked metallic pieces into their wardrobes. From the soft sheen on a prim blouse to all out rock ‘n’ roll in gold snakeskin pants, there’s a tip or two to pick up from these gals.

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Camille Co

Camille Co
Blog: Camille tries to Blog

What is the metallic piece in this ensemble and what do you like about it?
My blouse and belt. I love the colors!

How else would you style this piece? 

I'd probably still style them together but with a midi skirt instead. 

Mango blouseWhat do you love about the metallic trend?
There are so many things you can do with it! It's so easy to dress it up or down. 
How did you make this look your own?
I made sure my look is subtle and put-together while still maintaining a young but sophisticated feel. 

How do you build your outfit around it?
I considered the color of my top first then proceeded from there. I tried to stick to the same color palette too. Then I finished off with a pop of red to add a little contrast. 
How do you wear the metallic trend without looking over-the-top?
Mix metallic with more subtle pieces and don't wear too many sparkly accessories. 
How do you accessorize?
Go matte! 
Additional styling tips?
Stick to lighter metallic pieces in the same color palette for feminine and sweet looks. If you're going for edgy, go for contrast. 

Mango bag and banglesWhat's your favorite Mango piece from this ensemble?
My metallic top! I'm a sucker for conservative and feminine blouses like this. 
Which metal shade do you prefer? Bronze, Silver, Gold?
Gold. 

How would you wear metallic during the day? How about a night out?
I'd wear a lighter metallic color during the day. Probably a light gold top with a blazer over it and off-white pegged trousers. For a night out, a sequined metallic dress paired with statement shoes. 

Camille is wearing a top, shorts, accessories, and bag are from Mango.

Jump to the next page to see how Lexi Gancayco wears metallics!

Show us how you wear metallics by posting your look in My Style!

Lexi Gancayco

Lexi Gancayco
Blog: Lexi The Second
 

What is the metallic piece in this ensemble and what do you like about it? 

My metallic pieces in this ensemble are the sweater and the skinny jeans. 

I like the sweater because its not too metallic, and lit plays around with different metallic colors. This is really something I can "over-use" because its something you can throw on, on a lazy day and still look chic because its metallic. For the jeans, i really like the print and the fit.

How else would you style it?

I'd wear the pants with a white inner and a colored blazer then I'd play around with more accessories. For the top, I'd probably wear the top with maybe brown or khaki leather shorts and wedges.

Mango snake print pantsWhat do you love about the metallic trend?

Aside from it being a trend, I really just love metallics because they make such a bold statement in a simple outfit. A whole look can really change if you go from yellow to gold, or gray to silver! 

How do you build your outfit around it?

With Metallics, you can either go all out metal or combine metal with something neutral. For this outfit, I decided to really play up my look by doing (bold) metallic on (dark) metallic. 

How did you make this look your own?

I'm a big fan of prints, and so when I found these metallic leopard printed pants from Mango, I just knew that this was the piece I needed! 

How you wear the trend without looking over-the-top?

Like I said, you can match metallics with each other, just as long as you balance out the "sparkle" for the entire look. For example, if there is enough metallics used in the dress or ensemble, using metallic accessories might not be necessary anymore. 

How do you accessorize metallics?

If you're wearing silver, gold or bronze, it would be nice to experiment with darker shades of those particular metals. Even black metallic pieces go very well with the usual metallics. 

accessories

Additional styling tips?

When it comes to metallics, I find it  nice to try and play around with different metallic colors like red, aqua, or magenta also. Another thing I like doing is matching the usual metallic shades like silver, gold and bronze with vibrant colors like red, blue, green or violet. It is something different from [pairing] your usual metallic shade and just black or white. 

What's your favorite Mango piece in this ensemble?

As I mentioned earlier, I absolutely love the animal printed gold skinny jeans. I've really been looking for wild printed skinny jeans, and I'm so glad I found them in Mango

Which metal shade do you prefer? Bronze, Silver, Gold? 

I think among the shades, I like gold the most. I really like how gold goes with red, black and many other colors.

How would you wear metallic during the day? How about a night out?

In the day you can wear a metallic top and then tone it down with a neutral bottom like denim shorts, a khaki or pastel skirt or jeans. Then at night you can change into a metallic dress or metallic pants or a metallic blazer.

Lexi is wearing a metallic sweater, animal print skinnies, and accessories from Mango.

Jump to the next page to see how Alyssa Lapid wears metallics!

Show us how you wear metallics by posting your look in My Style!

Alyssa Lapid

Alyssa Lapid

 Blog: My Beautiful World

What is the metallic piece in this ensemble and what do you like about it?

Aside from the studded top, I tried to incorporate more metallic pieces like the bag, belt and earrings but my favorite accessory would be the bag because it’s both glam and edgy at the same time.

How else would you style this piece?

I’d wear this with anything! It also has a chain so you don’t have to carry it as a clutch all the time. 

Mango topWhat do you love about the metallic trend?

I love how it instantly glams up an outfit.

How do you build your outfit around it?

I chose the white studded top as my main metallic piece and toned it down with black pieces. Also, since the top is very subtle, I tried to pair it with a studded bag and silver accessories to make the studs in the top pop out more.
How did you make this look your own?

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit more edgy so I tried to incorporate that in this look by wearing a leather jacket and a studded bag. I still kept it feminine though with the flowy top and side-swept ponytail.

How do you wear the metallic trend without looking over-the-top?

Go for the shine you want then balance it out with basic colors and pieces such as a black skirt or black pumps, or both.

How do you accessorize?

It’s all about balancing the look. If you’re wearing metallic garments, you could opt to pair the clothes with more muted colors. If you choose to wear metallic accessories, you can use heaps at once but again, make sure the garments aren’t as loud. Or you could also wear gold pants and match it with a gold statement necklace.

Mango bagAdditional styling tips?

Have fun with it. If you have shiny a belt, maybe you can use it as a bracelet instead like I did in this outfit since I didn’t want to stick to just bangles. The sheen in metals is also very noticeable so you can definitely use that to draw attention to a specific piece or body part. The number of shiny objects is completely up to you.

What's your favorite Mango piece from this ensemble?

The top—I really like its subtlety. It looks like a basic tank but it has silver studs that shine when hit by light.

Which metal shade do you prefer? Bronze, Silver, Gold?

I’m a night person and I think silver is best for nights out.

How would you wear metallic during the day? How about a night out?

During the day, I’d probably just wear pants and use a silver belt or pile up some shiny necklaces on a casual ensemble. Then when I go out at night, I’d lose the pants, turn the belt into a chunky silver bracelet and put on a leather jacket.

Alyssa is wearing a top, skirt, jacket, and purse from Mango.

Jump to the next page to see how Kookie Buhain wears metallics!

Show us how you wear metallics by posting your look in My Style!


Kookie Buhain

Kookie Buhain
Blog: Death by Platforms

What is the metallic piece in this ensemble and what do you like about it?

The metallic piece in my look is the pair of jeans and I absolutely love the rock star

charm that it gives off.

How else would you style this piece?

For a daytime look, I would pair the pants with a cropped knit sweater and platform boots. For a night time event, I would wear it with a black lace corset, a black tailored blazer, and a pair of black platform pumps.

Mango animal print pantsWhat do you love about the metallic trend?

What’s great about a metallic piece is the inherent luxury, glamour, and rock star edge that it gives off. With the metallic trend, we get to appreciate the charm of metallic pieces and how it can actually complement and liven up simple and casual items in our closet.

How did you make this look your own?

I channeled a “luxe grunge” look with my ensemble by combining easy and casual pieces—such as a loose tank top and wedge boots—with a metallic piece. In terms of accessories, I wore pieces of jewelry in silver to provide a contrast to the striking gold print of the pants.

How do you wear the metallic trend without looking over-the-top?

Place the focal point on one metallic piece and keep everything else simple to avoid looking garish.

How do you accessorize metallics?

You can go with accessories with the same color tone as your metallic piece. Or you could wear pieces in a contrasting color (such as gold accessories with a silver top and vice versa)

Mango purseWhat's your favorite Mango piece from this ensemble?

It would have to be the pair of metallic snakeskin-print jeans. At first, I was a bit diffident to wear it because it’s something that I wouldn’t normally put on. But I’ve developed a fondness for it and it’s something I would definitely wear for a night-time event.

Which metal shade do you prefer? Bronze, Silver, Gold?

I gravitate more towards silver because the color is a bit subdued versus gold and bronze.

Silver also lends a bit more of a grunge and bohemian feel which appeals more to my

style aesthetic.

How would you wear metallic during the day? How about a night out?

For a daytime look, I would keep all of the other pieces in my outfit simple and casual

(ex. cut-out shorts and flat boots plus a metallic top).

For night, I would opt for a more feminine top and sophisticated accessories to go with a metallic piece (e.g.: gold pants with a plain, asymmetric chiffon top, a chunky gold necklace, and pumps)

Kookie is wearing a top, purse and pants from Mango.

Show us how you wear metallics by posting your look in My Style!

 
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