Shimmering fabrics and sparkly materials have been trending every since the spring, and the look is sure to gain steam as we advance toward the holiday season (it’s closer than you think!). The latest twist on the look is decidedly edgier, a lot bling-ier, and seriously reflective—all of which means it’s easy to go overboard really fast and come out looking like a loon (think: Hammertime).
To help navigate these flashy waters, we pulled together ten ways to pull off the tinsel-y trend without looking like you’re about to hit the clubs—from sticking to accessories or piling it on (it looks good, we promise!).
Click through for the play-by-play, and tell us: Are you brave enough to try lamé this season?
1. Start from the bottom up. Menswear-inspired trousers make for a toned down look, even in a hyped up fabric like metallic or lamé. Keep the fit loose and cropped to show off a delicate shoe, and top it off with a casual knit for that not-even-trying-but-surely-killing it vibe.
Stella McCartney Gold-Tone Lamé Elasticated Pants, $771 at montaignemarket.com.
Photo: Berdorf Princess
2. Do it with denim. Securing their place among any wardrobe’s most versatile items — second only perhaps to the plain white tee — skinny jeans are the easiest way to pump up an outfit for day or night, without venturing too far outside the ol’ comfort zone. Sky high pointed toe pumps streamline the look, while a loose top keeps things few notches below screeching.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Seamed Cigarette Leg Jeans, $198 at nordstrom.com.
3. Layer it on. Two brights make a right when it comes to metallics and lamé. Double down on the sheen of things for an almost neutralizing after-hours effect.
4. Skirt the issue. Despite popular belief, lamé pencil skirts can still work for most without magnifying the bootie. Go for a subtle print overlay, and play down the rest with pieces from the same color palette. If things get too loud, there are always chucks to help reign it in.
Marc Jacobs Micro-Plaid Lamé Pencil Skirt, $198 at matchesfashion.com.
5. Go to town with tassels. The understated sturdiness of loafers paired with the collegiate panache of an unexpected tassel is just what the toned-down doctor ordered for shiny brights.
Get the look. Giuseppe Zanotti bronze tassel loafers, $595 at zappos.com.
6. Full metal jacket. From the boardroom to the bar, there’s no event a good jacket can’t weather, and a tinsel-y one goes harder, longer, while still remaining relatively timeless.
Saint Laurent Metallic One-Button Blazer, $2950 at Neiman Marcus.
Photo: Style Carrot
7. Frock out. If we’re keeping it really real, the easiest way to wear anything is if it comes in one piece; just add accessories. As the weather cools, the long lamè dress makes a lot of sense, but most body types will want to keep the tinsel in a darker hue for a more wearable outcome.
Kamali Kulture Lamé Racer Long Maxi Dress, $100 at openingceremony.us.
Photo: Club Monaco
8. Keep it all black everything else. The statement shoe was founded on the the principle of keeping everything else basic while allowing the footwear do the talking. Same holds true for the lamé bootie, with the added benefit of helping you live out your deepest, darkest Sandy-from-Grease-at-a-carnival fantasies.
Kathryn Amberleigh Metallic Lambskin Boots, $355 at kathrynamberleigh.com.
Photo: Kathryn Amberleigh
9. Cut it out. Perforation and embellishment transform a lamé piece, allowing it to play the same role as a statement necklace or arm party would. And just like you would with loud jewels, keeping the rest simple and streamlined is key.
10. Bright bag it. Keeping all else loose and layered, a brilliant, shiny, structured carryall in an unexpected hue can instantly pull things together without overwhelming an otherwise relaxed look.
Noëlle Et Filles Natalie bag, $396 at farfetch.com
Photo: Cotton and Curls