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Metals and fabrics with metal threads are in fashion again. This guide explains the best ways of wearing the metallic trend over 40. Furthermore, it answers the pressing questions “Can I wear metallic at day over 50?”, and “how to style the metallic clothes for day?” Enjoy reading how to wear the metallic trend over 40 now.



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What Type of Metallic Clothes Do Work over 40?

Metallic is in fashion again. To look modern and ageless

  • Try a metallic or brocade with metallic treats classic trench coat. More on what to look for in a trench coat.
  • Wear a classic blazer or cardigan with metallic foil in the weave or solid metallic with khakis or jeans.
  • Pair jackets, skirts or low-shine leather pants in metallic with other neutrals.
  • Wear metallic shoes, sandals or bags instead of the non-metallic neutrals during the day.
  • A day dress with metallic embellishment or embroidery.
  • Mix metals in jewelry.



How to Wear the Metallic Trend over 40 the New Way

In the Millennium years, metallic became a neutral and fully integrated into day wear. This means you style it the same way how to wear neutrals. Actually, gold, cooper, silver, and rose-gold are neutral colors. Go for a classic cut with your metallic item.


Tip: Always go for a sophisticated and understated look in simple, clean cut style pieces with minimal accessories.



What to Wear with a Metallic Skirt?

Go for a classic style like a pleated, straight or asymmetric hem cut. For daytime outfits dress the skirt down with tops or jackets in more casual fabrics or styles and neutral colors.


Explained Example: Silver Pleated Skirt Outfit Ideas

Since pleats are eternal classic, a pleated silver skirt can be styled easily in a street style chic way with sneakers, a denim jacket, graphic Tee and a statement necklace. Wear the necklace the Jenna Lyons style – over the jacket. Add a scarf and bag in a similar color as the Tee.

Or style it with pumps, a Tee and jean jacket like your Casual Friday Outfits.


3 silver skirt outfit ideas how to wear the metallic trend over 40
R&ZR pleated silver skirt. Left: Great Northwest jean jacket, graphicT-shirt, statement necklace, Adidas sneakers, JORD men’s bamboo watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, scarf and bag both c/o Uno Alla Volta. Middle: Star denim jacket, silver pleated skirt, T-shirt, and black pumps. Right: T. Tahari jacket, DIY brooch, Chanel leather silver skirt, blue graphic tee, Anne Klein pumps, Modalu Pippa bag.



Examples: What to Pair with a Golden Skirt


stylist over 40 showing how to wear golden skirts
Left: Escada golden leather skirt, Star jean jacket, graphic Tee, Dooney and Brouke bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, and best girlfriends bracelet c/o Chico’s. Right: Max Mara zebra-print goat hair coat, BeBe golden distressed asymmetric leather skirt, Ivanka Trump ankle strap pumps, pantyhose, and Yes St. Laurent bag.



Example How to Style a Gold-Brocade Skirt

midlife blogger in festive office holiday party outfit with gold-brocade skirt
Tucker brocade skirt, cashmere sweater, silk scarf, Kieselstein Cord belt, GNW tight, and tall boots.



Can You Wear Silver Pants over 40: Metallic Pants Outfit Ideas

Silver looks great with black or gray.


style blogger best of street style outfit
Silver leather pants, Anne Klein sweater, and D&GM sunglasses for a posh, but edgy street style look. This outfit became Streetstyle of the Week.


silver and gold pants outfit suggestions for women over 40
Left: Silver leather pants, glacier blue GNW Luxe sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, gray belt, and Harley Davidson booties. Right: Joeffer Caoc golden leather shorts, Great Northwest corduroy button-down shirt, GNW tights, and Madden Mary Janes. More on the fall trend with leather pants.



Stylish Metallic Jackets Outfit Inspirations

trendy silver leather jacket 2 ways with skirt or dress
Herve Leger silver cropped leather biker frock. Left: Banana Republic dress, Coach top handle bag, and Ivanka Trump pumps. Right: Keep Calm T-shirt, gemstone buckle belt, Esprit bag, silk neckerchief, dangling earrings, Ivanka Trump heels, and Lookbook Store skirt.



How to Style a Metallic Coat in Spring and Fall

Style the coat like you would style a coat in a neutral color.


3 golden coat outfit ideas for women over 40
Golden leather Burberry trench coat. Left: Burberry plaid blazer, Jaeger tote, Anne Klein pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Lookbook Store V-neck dress. Middle: GNW tights, Steve Madden fall sandals, AMS umbrella. Right: London white denim bf pants, silver Puma sneakers, and Jaeger tote.



What to Wear with Metallic Shoes?

For inspiration on how to wear metallic shoes, let’s take a look at the footwear style .


When Can You Wear Metallic Pumps or Sandals?

Pairing silver and gold pumps or sandals with gemstone-color and black evening wear or with a cocktail dress is a no-brainer. However, this footwear also looks effortlessly stylish with jeans, top and jacket as a Casual Friday outfit. Of course, going out dancing is a great opportunity to don metallic sandals.


styling inspirations for wearing footwear in the metallic trend over 50
Metallic footwear pairings. Left: Mesh dress with silver-colored beads, double-layer sundress, rose-gold and black T-strap Neo Tango sandals for going out dancing. Middle: London Jean white boyfriends with Brooks Brothers sweater, Jacket Society motorcycle jacket, Jaeger tote, Ralph Lauren silver pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and DIY pendant necklace. Right: Moda International leather pants, labradorite and pearls belt (gift from my husband), Oliveo chambray shirt, Burberry Brit trench coat, Jaeger tote, silver Puma sneaker, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc..


What to Wear with Metallic Sneakers?

Style them like white, tan or blush sneakers when they are silver, gold or rose-gold, respectively. See example above in the collage of coats and shoes.


What Doesn’t Work When Wearing Metallic?

Having seen metallic over the decades and how it was styled, we can quickly step into a routine and end up looking old-fashioned and Old Lady because the styling is not up-to-date. Furthermore, stay away from

  • Styling metallic clothes like in previous decades unless you go to a theme party or are dressing for Halloween.
  • Wearing patchwork clothes in this trend. Cinderella alert!
  • Wearing metallic clothing with bright colors except with metallic shoes. This means wearing a little red dress for Valentine’s day or date night out with silver or gold pumps is awesome. However, an outfit of a golden tunic top with black leggings and red patent leather pumps is looking like you are trying too hard.
  • Big metallic prints on T-shirts just look cheap. Looking cheap is never ever in style.
  • Overload of embellishment/embroidery in metallic in one outfit. The curb is not Star Wars, and you are not a knight in a Mid Evil Festival.
  • Silver, gold or copper stockings are a no-no at any age. You are not an Alien or a robot!



Take Home Message on How to Wear the Metallic Trend over 40

Metallic at day is in fashion. The best way how to wear metallic at daytime is to combine them with neutrals. When you pair metallic with bright, bold colors make the colors the statement, and reserve the silver/gold/copper for the shoes, belt or bag. This way is best for festive and evening occasions.


When you like this outfit guide, and want styling tips for all kind of dressing situation in midlife, buy my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.


Photos: G. Kramm

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