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This 80’s Trend Is Back and Better Than Ever! Here’s How To Nail It!

Metallic Trend

The metallic trend was super hot in the 80’s and while metallics never really went away, they are crazy popular again right now. Does anyone else remember Margo and Tom’s silver sweatsuits in the movie Christmas Vacation?  🤣 Ya, not like that! Today’s metallics are sexy and sophisticated, edgy and cool. We wanted to share a few metallic pieces that are all super wearable ways to try the trend. These metallic clothes and accessories are great for adding that little extra sparkle and shine to your holiday outfits and New Year’s Eve looks! But you’ll also wear these finds year-round. Not only that but in the spirit of this For Less Friday post, we searched for and found affordable and high-quality metallics.

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Metallic Slingback Pumps

Metallic Slingback Pumps

Let’s kick things off with these gorgeous Franco Sorto slingback metallic pumps. They have a cushioned footbed which really helps with the comfort factor, and an on-trend flared heel. If you want to dress up a pair of jeans and a sweater like Erin did, it’s one easy way to pack a little extra excitement into your look. We love the gold metallic shine, and they also come in a cool red metallic color called Mars. If you have trouble with slingback straps slipping odd your heels, these have some elastic on the straps so you get a secure fit.

metallic fashion trend

Metallic Clothing & Accessories

From tops and sweaters to jewelry and handbags, keep scrolling for 10 more metallic pieces that you can confidently wear now during the holiday season and well into the new year.

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Glam Tee

For a super simple and accessible way to try the metallic trend, it doesn't get much easier than a not-so-basic tee. Styled with jeans and a blazer or with a pair of leather pants, this t-shirt is the main event but oh-so comfortable. It has a relaxed but not too boxy fit and comes in 4 other metallic shades.

Modern Loafers

These comfortable cracked silver leather loafers are the flats you didn't know you needed! The leather is super soft and not overly shiny, and the slingback strap is adjustable, so you get that perfect fit. One of our team members bought these on a whim and has worn them so much more than she thought she would. Style them with jeans and a sweater now and maxi dresses come spring.

Coolest Jeans

If you are beyond dipping your toe in the water when it comes to the metallic trend, these loose fit silver jeans are for you. They have a bit of stretch, a cool split hem, and even come in Regular, Tall and Petite lengths. These are so fun! You can style them down with a simple sweater and sneakers or dress them up with a black blouse and heels. You don't have to save them for a special occasion, because they are just jeans...with a twist! And, they are only $86.

All Puffed Up

Sticking with another more adventurous option, how cool is this metallic puffer vest?! This versatile vest is as much for weekends and workouts as it is for stylish strutting. It's the perfect semi-cropped length to wear with your high-waisted jeans and pants and it's made from a nylon fabric that is machine washable (bonus!). The bronze metallic option is selling out fast, but the vest also comes in silver and a pretty metallic green.

Nail It

Now let's say you just want a pop of metallic without going all in. This Dior nail polish in the color Mirror will do the trick. This limited-edition shade could not be more perfect for your New Year's Eve celebration no matter how dressy or casual it is!

Unexpected Shimmer

This cable knit sweater by Mango has the most beautiful gold foil accents that subtly shimmer and shine. It's a crewneck style with ribbing at the collar, hem and sleeves. This would look amazing styled with a denim skirt and combat boots, jeans, black many options depending on whether you want to dress it up or down. You can even wear your favorite white button-down or turtleneck underneath for some added warmth. And, It's only $89!

Party Earrings

These BaubleBar, vintage-inspired drop earrings are glamorous and stunning. These would be another easy way to add a touch of metallic to your look. They make a statement and will turn up the volume on an all-black outfit, jeans and a sweater, or your pretty holiday dress.

MOST Flattering Top

This Steve Madden top has that wow factor! It has a flattering v-neck surplice neckline which is wonderful for so many body types including women with a larger bust. It's gathered just above the natural waist and has a flouncy peplum hem so it will also help mask a tummy. We love the slight puff shoulder which creates the illusion of a nipped-in, slimmer waist. SO pretty and a great price point at $79.

Wrap It Up Glam Style

This metallic wrap scarf is a lovely piece to have in your closet to drape over your wedding guest dress, party dress, or formal gown. It has the perfect amount of elegant shimmer and also comes in a pretty rose gold. If you already have a basic black pashmina, this metallic wrap will add a bit more glam to your look.

Modern Handbag

We've all seen those pretty sparkly clutches that we break out for special occasions, but this metallic shoulder bag is an elevated option for parties, dinners, AND every day. It has a modern silhouette, an adjustable shoulder strap, and it's vegan leather made from recycled water bottles...coo! It also has a flap front and gold hardware accents so you can wear it comfortably with all of your silver and gold jewelry. Oh and it's large enough to hold your essentials AND extras. A pretty special bag for $99.
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7 thoughts on “This 80’s Trend Is Back and Better Than Ever! Here’s How To Nail It!

  1. Yes, I have a thigh length multicolor sequin jacket that I am still wearing. In fact, I will be wearing it on New Year’s Eve over a solid black dress and that’s gonna be my major accessory. I love it every time I put it on I feel special so thank you so very very much for posting. This have an awesome holiday and be safe.

    1. That sounds absolutely amazing! Perfect for NYE or any other special occasion this time of year. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season as well! ~Team Busbee

  2. I have, and can still wear, a pair of black jeans (Erez brand) and a beautiful chocolate brown leather triusers (Siena brand).

    1. You are set, Anita! That’s why it’s so important to hang onto the high-quality items that we love. Trends always make their way back around. ~Team Busbee

  3. Erin, I am all over this metallic trend. I have concentrated lately on silver (shoes, jacket from Mango, tops, etc.) but I just love that Mango cableknit sweater with the gold foil and got it in small. Yay! Thank you. You always pick things I love.

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