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Usually, a major fashion trend begins in the collective subconscious of the season’s biggest designers and takes its first step into the mainstream when it debuts on a runway. Maybe it’s in Milan, or New York, or at Paris Fashion Week – it doesn’t matter, eventually it’ll be on the shelves of Zara and in your shopping cart. If this sounds familiar to you from the famous “light red sweater monologue” by The Devil Wears Prada, it is. The fashion industry manages the process of seeping fashion trends from the runway to the retail stores. However, there are rare exceptions to the rule, where a trend creeps into TikTok FYP, celebrity Instagram posts and H&M shelves just as it starts to hit the runway. I’m not sure who started the metallic clothing trend early, but it’s about to take over every sector of the fashion world.
I first noticed the trend on my recent vacation in Mallorca, Spain (those European countries come up with all the cool trends first). Everywhere I looked, women glistened in glittering metallic swimsuits. I immediately bought a gold metal set from a local boutique. Then, just as I was wearing my new swimsuit, I open Instagram to see the first of many posts of Kim Kardashian in a silver metallic bikini.
The bikini photos were soon revealed to be the teaser for the new metallic SKIMS swim dress. AHA! Maybe Kim Kardashian is the industry insider who beats the runways with trends (and I bet Kris Jenner was involved). At this stage it would be difficult to convince me that the world do not do revolve around Kim Kardashian—like clockwork, Ms. Kardashian walked the Balenciaga Haute Couture show, where Demna, the brand’s designer and creative director, sent all-metal looks down his runway.
Along with Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman was one of the many star guests who walked the Balenciaga show. She wore a one-shoulder silver metallic dress that looks like Lady Liberty (Blake Lively’s Met Gala look has some competition, it seems).
As Fashion Week continued, other designers followed suit in (shining armor) suits – Fendi, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier all included metallic looks as standouts in their collections. It’s no surprise that decadent dresses, feather detailing and draped trains have overshadowed the current selection at Zara – although it won’t be long before every retailer steps it up. If you love the fashion look, keep scrolling for all the metallic mayhem you can rock right now.
Metallic bikini with bandeau
SKIMS recently launched a swim collection and the brand is back with its second iteration in shiny metallics. This bandeau bikini top comes with removable straps for extra support and comes in three shiny color options. Mix and match it with sassy bottoms.
Metallic swimming suit
If you’ve been a competitive swimmer, show off that first place medal with this gold metallic cycling suit. Or, more likely, this one-piece is the perfect option for an 80s-inspired beach workout outfit.
Layered beaded mini dress
The summer party season isn’t over yet! This woven mini dress is a great way to mix metals with a silver slip and gold finish.
Do I suggest displacing the bride at a wedding? Of course not. Do I suggest you make a statement in this metallic dress? Absolutely.
Metallic leather sandals
If you feel like an all-metal outfit is out of your comfort zone, try rocking the trend on your legs. This pair of green heeled sandals will suit you for special occasions all year round.