[Fashion] Shine On / by Elise Joseph

Shiny materials and metallics are totally in this season. Many designers are using metallics as their main point of interest in their spring/summer and fall/winter collections. This trend is a little risky, as it tends to accentuate buldge and other figure flaws. There are plenty of ways to subtly add a sparkly splash of flair to any ensemble. Liven up drab outfits with metallic bags, accessories and shoes.

When it comes to clothes, I tend to lean to the more nude shimmers, since this look is bold enough of its own {but brights are also in, if you so choose}. The good news is that it's easy to dress up or down, or to take from day to night.

For a more daywear/professional look, avoid sequins and even sheens that reflect light too much. Choose a modern cut in a muted, shimmery tone or a big bag with a shiny lustre. After dark, feel free to pull out head to toe mirror-like pieces and prepare to have all eyes on you. I love how the look has been popularized by stars like the Olsen twins, Sienna Miller, Cameron Diaz and supermodels galore... such a grown up and confident trend that really works well throughout the year.

Start off slow: Sparkly shoes are a good way to incorporate this trend into your everyday wear:

Easily take this look from day to night with these great options:

Stand out in these evening looks:

All images via ASOS.