Shine like a star in bold gold

PAULA JOYE
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2012
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GOLD STARS: From left - Taylor Swift, Jenny McCarthy and Stacey Kiebler dazzle at the American Music Awards.

Some are intensely kitschy, while others are simply breathtaking. But absolutely all of them would shock were they to pop up around the corner from your place.
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GOLD STANDARD: Elisha Cuthbert goes for gold at the American Music Awards.

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Party season is upon us and shimmering metallics scream 'celebration' like nothing else. But, beware: Hot? Yes. Sexy. Yes. Tricky to get right? Absolutely.

TOO MUCH IS TOO MUCH

Gold says enough on its own don't you think?

The most important rule when it comes to wearing head-to-toe metallic is to keep everything else understated. Do you really need the chandelier earrings and the sequin bag? There's a very fine line between looking elegant and looking like a Christmas tree when wearing tinsel-tone colour, so always follow the less-is-more principle and keep your accessories to a minimum. Try just one piece of jewellery (a ring, stud earrings), and make sure the shoes have simple, clean lines. If you're wearing an all-out metallic gown, you should think about losing the jewellery altogether and carrying a handbag that blends with the tone of the frock.

NAIL IT WITH NEUTRALS

Not all of us can/want to do head-to-toe metal, but you can still get maximum impact from the trend by wearing a single piece and mixing it with neutrals. Try a metallic skirt or pants with a cream jumper or a sequinned shirt with black cigarette trousers. In general, creams, pinks and greys looks great teamed with rose gold, gold and copper while black, grey and crisp white work best with silver and gun metals.

PLAY WITH COLOUR

While most metallic pieces are in the standard precious metal hues (bronze, silver, and gold), there are some super-luxe options in brights like green, red and blue. Remember a little goes a long way with coloured metallics, so a chic way to bring them into your wardrobe is with glittery accessories - a statement shoe, a jewelled clutch - or a single, fabulous piece, like an embellished skirt or jacket.

NOT TOO TIGHT OR TOO SHORT

You don't want to look like a superhero - and tight gold and silver has the tendency to make you look like you're ready to save the Universe. Avoid this look by focusing on cut and fit - lamé, metal jersey, bugle beading and sequins can be very unforgiving and add inches, so make sure you check hem lengths, seams and shoulders before you leave the changing room.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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