Heavy Metal Crush

In Ontario the fall season has certainly been a strange one. Finally we are sitting at normal digits. Don’t get me wrong, I was loving the temperatures for Thanksgiving Weekend, but it caused many a fashion dilemma in my household as we all melted watching the jays game whilst cooking the bird.

Fast forward a couple of days and we are now seasonally temperatured and totally fashion fall friendly!

Let’s talk transition from fall into holiday today. Let’s talk about glorious metallics. When treated as a neutral and plied into our wardrobe cautiously they can be a great infusion of playfulness for late fall and as a holiday warm up.

Warm up being the key here. We are seeing plenty of rose gold in jewellery and now we are seeing hits of it in clothing.

Here are some casual beauties. One with a painted rose gold finish and the other with a metallic tread running throughout. I kept the jewellery simple and in the same colour family. I needed both the jewellery and the clothing to compliment and not try to “speak louder” than the other. I stayed away from statement pieces. Basic bottoms in a dark wash and topped with a great scarf or neutral leather jacket to finish these looks and make the wildness seem like classic styling.

Grey Agate Locket in Rose Gold

Grey Agate Locket in Rose Gold. Necklace: Open Link Chain and Grey Agate Locket Stella & Dot

Painted Rose Gold T-Shirt with dark jean and neutral leather jacket

Painted Rose Gold T-Shirt with dark jean and neutral leather jacket. T-Shirt: Forever 21, Jacket: Danier Leather

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Casual Watch with rose gold leather strap and simple leather wrap bracelet. Watch: Icon Convertible Strap and Metal Bezel Stella & Dot, Bracelet: Inspiration Stella & Dot

Metallic treaded sweatshirt with simple jewellery and a great scarf!

Metallic treaded sweatshirt with simple jewellery and a great scarf! Sweatshirt: Forever 21, Pendent: Rebel Stella & Dot, Cuffs: Resilience & Pave Triangle Stella & Dot

Delicate black scarf with rose gold print details

Delicate black scarf with rose gold print details. Scarf: Westwood Black/Rose Stella & Dot

The next pairing included a sexy top that walks the line between gold and silver. I’m showing it with a super saturated dark jean and chevron clutch with a touch of blush and soft grey. In this pairing I’m basically treating the metallic as a neutral and allowing the clutch to be the statement.

Simple jewellery, layered sparkle delicates

Simple jewellery, layered sparkle delicates. Necklaces: Crescent & Bianca Stella & Dot, Clutch: Capri Pouch Chevron Stella & Dot

Simple peek-a-boo shoulder top with chevron clutch

Simple peek-a-boo shoulder top with chevron clutch. Top: CK

Dainty prints with metallic touches, this 80’s, high collar throwback makes a wonderful work piece that can be worn as seen here or open collared and unbelted over a legging! The brilliance of the colours in the pattern against the backdrop of this inky, midnight blue makes this piece so versatile.

Gorgeous fall print in bright colours against a midnight blue. Matte finish statement piece with fringe detail.

Gorgeous fall print in bright colours against a midnight blue. Matte finish statement piece with fringe detail. Necklace: Aida Tassel 5 in 1 Stella & Dot

Full shot of dress that can easily be worn with collar unbuttoned and unbelted over a legging!

Full shot of dress that can easily be worn with collar unbuttoned and unbelted over a legging! Dress: H&M

A soft metallic crocodile print is featured in this next outfit. This blouse has an overall metallic wash so I was careful to downplay the jewellery pieces by choosing a somewhat wild piece with black pearls and a matte silver finish.

A simple office or evening look paired with a cross bag/clutch. Blouse: CK, Clutch: City Slim Stella & Dot

A simple office or evening look paired with a cross bag/clutch. Blouse: CK, Clutch: City Slim Stella & Dot

Play down the jewellery with a simple, matte finish. Necklace & Cuff: Lynx Pearl Spike Stella & Dot

Down play the jewellery with a simple, matte finish. Necklace & Cuff: Lynx Pearl Spike Stella & Dot

A snakeskin, metallic jean. That’s right, I went there! In order to make this work you have to elevate the fabric by choosing your pairing items with tasteful design features. I have chosen a hot trend from spring; patterned perforations. These are highly worked pieces that are exquisite in their own right. Neutral in colour, these paired pieces allow the jeans to have their say.

Let the jeans be the focus with basic top and matte jewellery. Jeans: Winners Find, Clutch: Double Clutch Stella & Dot, Necklace: Brynn Stella & Dot

Let the jeans be the focus with basic top and matte jewellery. Jeans: Winners Find, Clutch: Double Clutch Stella & Dot, Necklace: Brynn Stella & Dot

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Perforated Bag and top with 3/4 length sleeve. Top: Banana Republic

So long and short of it, when infusing a few metallics into your fall wardrobe pair with neutrals, generally downplay accessories and wear them with confidence!

Cheers!

Carrie-Ann Nihmey-Smye

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