At the fall 2010 fashion shows, gold went bold in the form of Diane von Furstenberg’s lamé dresses and Alexander McQueen’s rococo-inspired jackets. Since then, almost everything—pants, skirts, bags—has gotten the Midas touch. Whether the 24-karat luster is light, bright, or tarnished, keep it fresh, not flashy, with these surprising combinations.
If You’re a Blond
Many blonds have a gilt complex when it comes to wearing gold. If you’re afraid of looking washed-out, simply choose a metallic that’s a few shades lighter or darker than your hair color.
To buy: Adam sequin dress, $695, 212-229-2838. Azaara earrings. Monet ring.
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Pair Gold With…Burgundy
A glittery pale gold can seem garish with brights and princessy with pastels. Instead, ground the shimmer with warm burgundy and your look will be refined and almost subtle. Just remember: Eyes are attracted to shiny objects—keep gold away from problem areas.
To buy: Sequin necklace of glass, crystal, and silk, $148, 212-398-7363.
Bring out the richness of a deep marigold tone by contrasting it with matte charcoal gray. This ashy neutral has all the attributes of dependable black—it’s versatile, slimming, and sophisticated—yet looks soft and cozy. Together the colors create an eye-popping wintry outfit.
A tarnished metallic doesn’t seem so over-the-top when it’s mixed with a similarly darkish tone, like olive. The down-to-earth green gives the sheen a go-anywhere, day-to-night flexibility. What’s more, unlike black and gold, this combo won’t look too holiday after December 31.
To buy: BCBGeneration polyester dress, $118, macys.com.
To buy: Lauren by Ralph Lauren 14-karat-gold–plated bracelet, $58, Nordstrom, 888-282-6060 for stores.