Wednesday 23 October 2019

Forget red, here's how to wear silver this festive season

Whatever the occasion, swap the traditional red and green and indulge in festive metallics this Christmas, writes Meadhbh McGrath

Lady Gaga attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
Lady Gaga attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "A Star Is Born" at The Shrine Auditorium on September 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga
Keira Knightley. Photo: Getty Images
Skirt, €890 from MSGM at Brown Thomas
Jacket, €395 from Reiss
Trousers, €245 from Reiss
Boots, €125 from Kurt Geiger at Arnotts
Ankle strap shoes, €42 from M&S
Midi skirt, €47 from River Island
Jumper, €40 from Oasis
Coat, €117 from Topshop

There's no escaping the classic combination of red and green this time of year, but fashion wants you to wear silver for the winter months.

The catwalks were covered in elegant metallics, adorning everything from slinky party dresses to suiting to puffa jackets.

For knock-out evening wear inspiration, look to Alberta Ferretti's plunging floor-length gown, Givenchy's glittering midi and Erdem's sequinned ruffles. There were high-voltage party pieces, with sharp blazers and leggings at Tom Ford, disco minis at Halpern and holographic PVC at Balmain. And there were daywear-appropriate options too, like Dior's gleaming silver coats and jackets, paired with black leather boots and a patchwork denim. Topshop has a good lookalike for a fraction of the cost.

The rush of silver has made its way to the high street, too, so whatever the event, you'll find something suitably shiny to see you through to New Year's Eve, and add some sparkle to your outfits throughout January and February too.

If you're looking for a flash of silver for an afternoon meeting friends, laid-back family lunch or a last-minute shopping trip, try a turtleneck knit like Oasis' lurex version. It's subtle with a hint of glitz, and you can tone it right down with jeans or amp it up a little with a flippy ruffled skirt, tights and boots. A midi skirt will take you seamlessly from day to night, whether it's MSGM's pleats covered in sequins or a slip style like River Island's satin number. You can strip it back by teaming the skirt with a boxy T-shirt or slouchy grey jumper and trainers, and then elevate it for evening with an off-the-shoulder ribbed top and heels.

Of course, silver really sings after dark, especially with a backdrop of twinkling Christmas lights. Lady Gaga's show-stopping gown at the Los Angeles premiere of A Star Is Born was one of the red carpet highlights of the year, redefining old Hollywood glamour in liquid metal Givenchy and a bold red lip.

While our wallets (and attitude) may not stretch to accommodate such a look, we love that she didn't hold back and added silver eye make-up, nails and plenty of jewels on top. For the rest of us, that means all the more reason to style a silver suit or dress with silver sandals and dangling diamante earrings - and throw in a bag, too.

Keira Knightley similarly paired silver with silver, mixing textures to fabulous effect in Chanel haute couture. It's a more futuristic style and illustrates how silver can beautifully complement fair skin tones without leaving you looking like Queen Elsa.

For the simplest route into the trend, try a glimmering pair of boots or a statement bag: whether you wear them with jeans and a T-shirt or a 'going out-out' dress, they'll bring just the right touch of disco ball magic for any occasion.

Irish Independent

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