The question used to be simple: gold or silver? People with a warm skin tone should wear gold; with a cool skin tone it should be silver. But that only covers the tiniest range of beautiful, incredible metallic shades that the fashion world has to offer. Modern metallics can’t be divided into one or the other and they don’t need to be kept separate. Embrace the beautiful new world of shimmer and shine. Click To Tweet  And here is how I got away with it.

Before we start, here are some mix&match runway looks and celebrity style.

Runway

From left: Pat Pat’s Brazil 2014 Winter Women Runway, Ralph Lauren SS09, Moschino Milan AW14 (third and fourth photos), Balmain Fall Winter10(last two photos)
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From left:,Karen Walker Spring 2016, Balmain Paris 2010/11, Son Jung Wan MBFW Fall14, Blugirl Milan S/S14, Swarovski MBFW 2014.

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Celebrity

From left: Anja Rubik, Jenna Lyons, Erin Watson

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From left: Jessica Hart, Erin Watson, Jamie Song,Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Kendall Kardashian.

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Copper and Bronze

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There are far more metallic shades than just gold and silver. Click To Tweet Shades of copper and bronze are a gorgeous way to try shimmer in a new way. Look for rich metallic threads and subtle details in this deep golden shade. Bronze is a beautifully subtle alternative to gold, and looks amazing combined with black and other dark colors. Shimmering but not flashy, copper and bronze are the perfect modern metallics.

 

Black Shine

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Did you ever think of black as a metallic shade? Probably not. But in a high-shine finish, like this stunning jacket, black can have an incredible metallic effect. Edgy and unusual, glossy black is gorgeous combined with other metallics, or makes an incredible statement when paired with matte black. Try patent black shoes, bags, jackets – or even a dress, if you’re daring. (and about daring, the recent new movie Nerve is out, it was awesome!)

 

Mixed metals

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The old rule about never mixing metals was abandoned a long time ago. Don’t be afraid to combine metallic shades as you like for a look that’s modern and stylish. Silver and gold look great together, or you can copy this outfit and mix up different shades of copper, bronze and gold.

 

Modern Metallics Makeup

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Metallic shades aren't just for clothes. They are for makeups too. Click To Tweet A high-shine lip color in a gold-tinted hue is the perfect modern way to mix metallics into your makeup. A bronzed smokey eye is another great way to try out subtle metallic shades.

 

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Jumper from CK

Bag from CK

Pants from CUE

Heels from Jeffery Campbell 

Watch from Balenciaga

 

Which metallic shade is your favorite? Have you tried out modern metallics? (comment below)