I have always been a bit of a wall-flower even at Christmas when you are supposed to dress all bright and sparkly for parties. So, much to my horror, the fashion houses suddenly started bringing out a multitude of gold and sparkly numbers for this years winter season. It all started with Mulberry and Oscar de la Renta showcasing their lastest ball gowns. Long, elegant and striking, they are a strong contrast to the designs at Balmain and Stella McCartney which seemed to represent tree decorations more than evening wear. “You’re never too old to shine, even if it’s just a pinch of stardust,” says Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers, but when is enough enough? And surely there are more subtle ways to wear this trend?
I suggest if you really want to wear elements of this fashion then start off with accessories which can brighten up an outfit immediately. With an LBD, wear metallic heels that give contrast to the plain black. Or wear a large sparkly ring, all easy ways of taking aspects of this style without going the whole way. I also found, whilst searching for a more wearable alternative, metallic tops and shirts with cute bow collars and buttons. This, is what I can do. Not too fussy and can take you from day to night without much effort. If none of these alternatives tempt you, then it might be easier to find make up that works well with a neutral outfit.
So if, like me, you simply cannot bring yourself to go all the way with the metallic evening trend, then wear the absulute minimum with black or neutral pieces to avoid the feeling of stepping out like a Christmas tree fairy.