With a number of new trends becoming popular this summer, my ultimate favourite was the return of metallics. The festival-style, glittering look of Summer 2016 need not to stop with the colder weather, as it continues through to the winter months to add some sparkle to the dark, cold nights. The shine and shimmer of this look is a fabulous way to jazz up any outfit; whether it’s for a night out on the Toon, an attempt to make the everyday lectures more exciting or even to add glitz to your workout routine at the gym. This look is sure to be striking and eye-catching!
In terms of the trend itself, the look has been around in both 2013 and 2014, with its return this year adding an ultra-modern vibe to the British high street. The trends of 2016 revolve around the style from the 70s; wide leg trousers, blouses, lace and animal print patterns. The metallics were especially popular in both the 70s and the 90s, eras in which fashion was focused on freedom and individualism. The trend also represents the disco mood of the 70s, with metallics adding a musical impression upon fashion. The silver, gold and rose gold dazzle is often paired with a mirror-shine or contrasting textures. The silk pyjama-style look of the 90s has also returned with flowing dresses and feminine shirts. Many designers have used this trend to highlight the glamour and jazz of the original style from the 70’s, as a simple, yet effective way to dress up any outfit. Previous designers have associated this trend with pastel colours rather than the brightness of silvers and gold’s, however this year, the brighter the better. Designers such as Emporio Armani have included the metallics in their A/W 16 collections, particularly with outwear and footwear. Many of the mirror-shine outfits are focused on silver and are meant to be eye-catching and glamorous. You’re sure to stand out like a spotlight among the swarms of treble-drinkers in the bars!
This style can be found in almost all of our high-street favourite shops. Topshop has a lot to offer in the metallic trend with bodysuits, crop tops and jackets. My particular favourite is this gorgeous shimmery bodysuit, which could either be paired with simple black trousers, or maybe for a more casual look with a pair of boyfriend jeans and trainers. At £22 (plus the benefit of Topshop’s student discount) this is a great addition to your student wardrobe. The metallic trend is also popular with shoe wear, combining the metallic look with a leather texture, adding yet another stylish way to jazz up any outfit. These silver Doc Martin style shoes from Zara are a great pick for the winter. The cold mornings alongside the misery of 9 am lectures can also be made more bearable with a warm yet shimmering metallic jacket. Again from Zara, this stunning silver satin jacket is a fabulous way to combine the metallic trend with another popular style of 2016, the bomber jacket.