Space age metallics set to take off this season
Get ready to blast off with this season's shiniest trend. Katie Wright picks the silver pieces that are out of this world
SHIMMERING shiny fashions are usually found in the shops pre-Christmas, but this year, attention-grabbing metallics work for spring, too.
But it's not about glittery party frocks right now – this season's space age-influenced trend is about bringing polished shine into the daytime.
From statement trousers to minimalist accessories, here's how to work the stylish space cadet look...
Courreges SS16 gave us a masterclass in metallic separates, with the mirrored bomber jacket a definite standout.
The key to styling silver on your top half? Keep the rest of the outfit tonal – that means cool blues, greys and pastels all over.
Try a fine-gauge silver knit with acid wash jeans and mirrored sunnies, or a foil top with joggers and trainers for a sport luxe vibe.
:: Mango Metallic Pleated Top, £9.99; Skinny Olivia Jeans, £35.99 (www.mango.com)
:: Next Cold Shoulder T-Shirt, £20 (www.next.co.uk)
:: Misguided Metallic Silver Rain Mac, £35; Boyfriend V Neck T-Shirt, £8 (www.missguided.co.uk)
A FOILED PLAN
Silver trousers were the surprise hit of the season, showing up at Isabel Marant, Courreges and – in a dazzling mirrored snake hide – at Loewe.
If you're a fan of black leather jeans, you'll love the goes-with-almost-everything appeal of foil-front skinnies, styled with a white T-shirt and your favourite bomber or biker jacket.
For something a bit more dressy, try ankle-grazing wide-leg trousers, paired with fierce mesh shoe-boots.
:: Mango Silver Skinny Gloss Jeans, £35.99 (www.mango.com)
:: Topshop Silver Pleat Trousers, £32 (www.topshop.com)
Silver shoes are nothing new, but this season, a strappy little pair of stilettos won't cut it.
Step in line with the fresh new metallic mode, with mannish brogues, minimalist mules or Chanel-inspired chunky sandals.
It's also worth investing in a pair of mirrored skater shoes - fashion's new favourite flat will be around for a while yet.
:: Madeleine Silver Loafers, £159.95 (www.madeleine.co.uk)
:: Ted Baker Silver Metallic Mule Sandals, £120 (www.tedbaker.com)
:: Ecco Freja Silver Metallic Sandals, £80 (www.ecco.com)
BAGS OF STYLE
Spicing up your outfit with shiny accessories has never been easier, particularly if you match your bag with your silver shoes.
Make like a Chanel model and pair a sleek clutch with mirrored mules, or go for true space age style by strapping on a jetpack-esque back pack.
:: Madeleine Silver Handbag, £219 (www.madeleine.co.uk)
:: RJR.John Rocha Silver Metallic Clutch Bag, £39 (www.debenhams.com)
:: Redland Pantone PU Metallic Silver Backpack, £44.99 (Very.co.uk)
GET THE LOOK
Did the selfie-taking models on the Dolce & Gabbana spring catwalk bring on a touch of bag-envy in you, with their intricately embellished shoppers? Us too, which is why we're adding the Louche Luxe Willow Embroidered Leather Bag, £59, from Joy, to our new season shopping list (www.joythestore.com).
BUY IT NOW
For its latest collaboration, M&S let Alexa Chung loose in its archives, the vintage aficionado selecting her favourites to form a new 31-piece collection. Archive by Alexa isn't just for skinny-minnies like Chungy though – the V-neck and bias cut of this floral Misty number make it super-flattering for curvy figures.
:: Archive by Alexa The Misty Dress, £45 (www.marksandspencer.com).
:: MUM'S THE WARDROBE
Sisters sharing (or arguing over) clothes happens the world over, but new research reveals that one in eight mums also look to their kids for fashion inspiration, while 10 per cent say they share outfits with their daughters. Another 16 per cent of the 4,000 women questioned by Cotton Traders said the only thing stopping them swapping garments with their offspring is the size difference.
If all those papp shots of celebs stylishly sunning themselves at Coachella have got you dreaming of festival fashion, head to BHS, where the Prairie Collection, landing this month, is full of floaty blouses, gypsy dresses and pretty tile prints.
:: BHS Printed Ruffle Frill Top, £22 (www.bhs.co.uk)