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Metallics Are Back & More Wearable Than Ever – Here Are Our Favourite Pieces

Eni Subair

The metallic trend has expanded its colour palette for summer and quite frankly, we’re here for it.

When we think metallics, the glamour of the red carpet jumps to mind. In the '8os, Prince wore an unforgettable glistening aubergine blazer at the Purple Rain premiere; three decades later, at the 2016 BBMAs, Madonna paid tribute to the star in shimmering purple brocade. Donatella Versace enlisted the help of some A-list friends for the Diamonds Are Forever Gala, further cementing Kate and Naomi's fashion icon status with metallic chainmail slips. And let's not forget Charlize Theron's Gucci moment at the Oscars in 2004.

But why are we so invested in the trend once again? According to Browns Fashion womenswear buyer Holly Tenser, we can't get enough of retro styling. "The return to the '70s, '80s and generally excess when it comes to accessories has spurred on this resurgence. Paco Rabanne has had a huge comeback over the last few seasons. Brands such as Area from New York are showcasing metallics across their bags, shoes and accessories and creating a new type of glamour and decadence. The biggest metallic pieces have been in the bag world. In the past few months we’ve seen increased interest in the chainmail and sequin styles from Paco Rabanne, alongside their apparel looks." So how do we style it for everyday life, and as warmer weather sets in? "I really love a metallic shoe to style a simple outfit," says Tenser. "I think this always looks great in the summer."

On the SS19 runways, designers dabbled with textures, playfully clashing metallics with pops of colour. Hedi Slimane revived the trend at Celine with his classic cool girl approach, coupling silver tones with boxy leather staples and sturdy boots. Rodarte entwined delicate florals and lace in its summer alternative and Louis Vuitton brought medieval chic to our attention.

Still unsure? Fear not, we've picked out some of the brightest pieces that will slot easily into your wardrobe. You'll be living out your best Rocketman fantasies all summer long.

If you're ready to dive right into the trend, this boxy blazer and miniskirt isn't a bad place to start.

Topshop Silver Satin Dad Blazer, $69, available at Topshop

Topshop Satin Mini Skirt, $39, available at Topshop

Quirkier than your average gold hoop, these yellow-finish earrings add just the right amount of sparkle. A simple white tee and blue jeans will do the trick.

Weekday Thick Hoop Earrings, $7, available at Weekday

This woven metallic piece is great to throw on over equally jazzy trousers for an evening with pals. Not feeling so brave? Layer under an oversized white shirt and cycling shorts for a sports-luxe take.

Mango Metallic Knit Top, $29.99, available at Mango

This apple green sheer dress is a perfect way to ease into the trend as summer approaches. Pop on over raw-edge jeans and add flats for casual days.

Paco Rabanne Lace Midi Dress, $970, available at Farfetch

A hit among New York's fashion pack, Priscavera delivers once again with this squeal-worthy '90s-style ruched top. Pair with an equally bold pastel for extra pluck.

Priscavera Ruched Metallic Top, $653, available at Farfetch

Nope, we're not going to the golf course. Embrace the preppy look and add this teal metallic piece to your shopping list.

Zara Metallic Polo Sweater, $19.99, available at Zara

Miuccia Prada serves up a healthy dose of '80s Barbie dreams with this number. Guaranteed to give the most mundane of outfits a bit more flare (sorry).

Miu Miu Metallic Flared Trousers, $470, available at Net-A-Porter

Gingham is set to be a hot commodity this year. Get ahead of the pack with this billowy sleeved pick.

ASOS Metallic Gingham Top, $50, available at ASOS

For all shoe fanatics, a silver boot is mandatory. & Other Stories propels it into 2019 with this deliciously curved heel.

& Other Stories Metallic Cylinder Heel Boots, $129, available at & Other Stories

Put a spring in your step with these citrus socks. Pair with white trainers and a cute slip skirt for a casual vibe or fully commit and wear with barely there strappy sandals.

Monki Metallic Ribbed Socks, $5, available at Monki

This ode to the brown paper lunch bag offers a zesty orange leather finish, sure to add the right amount of pizzazz to any look.

Marques’Almeida Orange Leather Paper Bag, $290, available at MARQUES'ALMEIDA

Comme des Garçons debuted its collaboration with Nike Shox during SS19. Tap into the trend early with this futuristic pair.

Nike Nike Shox R4, $129.95, available at Nike

Let this top do all the work. Ticking off both the cowl neck and lace trends, this is a staple every wardrobe needs.

Topshop Gold Lace Cami, $29, available at Topshop

Subtle metallic stripes make this maxi stand out from the crowd. The nod to the '90s spaghetti strap means it's a double yes from us.

Mango Metallic Striped Dress, $59.99, available at Mango

Paco Rabanne never fails to deliver just the right amount of glitz and glam. A boxy black blazer and kitten heel combo is all this sequin bag calls for.

Paco Rabanne Sequinned Shoulder Bag, $765, available at Paco Rabanne

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