Every year during awards season -- or as I call it, the holidays -- you can pick out at least a few trends from watching what the stars wear.
One of those trends is always "hot mess." You can always count on a few celebs to roll in wearing dresses that are five sizes too small, hair that hasn't been brushed, or an overall weird look and glazed-over expression that might be more appropriate for a walk of shame than the Oscars red carpet (you know who you are, and I wish Rob Pattinson had given you one of his T-shirts).
I do not advise wearing the hot mess trend to work. But there are some others that may not appear to be applicable to your everyday life, and in fact are super chic even in a much less formal setting.
For example, fashion forecasters have been predicting the infiltration of "everyday metallics" for spring. From Halle Berry to Naomi Watts to Catherine Zeta-Jones, there was a ton of metallic on the red carpet, but this season the trend isn't just for your party clothes. I've compiled some tips on how to use Oscars inspiration in your boring old work wardrobe. It is literally your time to shine.
What are metallics?
I'm sure some of you know exactly what I'm talking about, but hey, sometimes it's hard to tell one shiny thing from the other. Metallics are not to be confused with sparkles or sequins. There are true metallics; which means the piece is made from thread that is actually metal. The term can also just describe something with a sheen on it.
How to wear the metallic trend
When you're putting together an outfit, there are definitely a few areas of caution. I'm actually going to agree with the high fashion magazines and say that you're not limited to shoes and accessories.
The metallic jacket from Kelly Wearstler, for example, is perfect for wearing to a business casual or casual office. This particular piece is pricier than I would normally recommend, but even if you don't buy this exact one, styling metallics is a lot easier when you've studied high-quality examples. According to a representative for the brand, the thread "mimics the shine of the inside of an oyster or seashell."
That comment brings me to my list of suggestions and points of caution:
1. Subtlety is important. True, metallics by nature are not subtle, but nobody wants to look like a baked potato wrapped in tinfoil. This might mean spending a little more than you normally would for a novelty item, because quality will make a difference. When it comes to nuances such as sheen like the inside of a seashell, you get what you pay for. For me, it also means staying away from bright colors, and only wearing shades that mimic actual metals, like silver and copper. Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again" body suit may have been memorable, but it's not quite right for a business meeting.
2. Treat the metallic item like everything else in your closet. By that I mean metallics look best when you fully integrate them into your wardrobe. One of my "uniforms" is a gray or navy blazer, white shirt, skinny jeans and heels. It's really easy to take either the blazer or heels and go metallic instead, and the look will be effortless, not contrived or costume-y.
3. Don't underestimate bags and shoes. Classic pumps or flats in silver or gold are one of my wardrobe staples, and given the popularity of metallics for spring, they should become one of yours too. For bags, rather than going with an enormous, slouchy tote in metallic leather, try a structured, geometric bag with a flat sheen, almost like a mirror. A rectangular, metallic cross-body bag is great for nights out.
4. Use your best judgment. There are varying degrees of metallic, and for some, wearing this trend can be as simple as a gray sweater with touches of metallic thread throughout. Choose what you're comfortable in, and if you're comfortable with a bold choice, go for it. Just make sure to stop short of the baked potato look.
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