Fashion Myth Busted: You Can't Wear Silver and Gold Together

14 November 2012

Metallics, namely silver and gold, are especially befitting throughout the winter months. Perhaps it’s the coolness of their tones or the way they blend in with holiday decor, but silver and gold are a classic fashion choice November through February.

From jewelry to coats to bags, shoes and dresses, we urge you to wear at least one silver or gold something this winter 2012/2013 season. The best part? As long as it’s a classic silhouette constructed from quality materials, it’s sure to last you for years to come.

Whoever said you can’t wear silver and gold together got it all wrong. While pairing the two metals does take a little skill, the combination makes for a sophisticated visage worthy of any Sartorialist snapshot. Here are a few tips and ideas for pairing silver with gold:

– Wear either a gold or silver dress and then accent with the opposite color. For example these Manolo Blahnik metallic leather and mesh silver pumps would complement this ethereal, one shoulder metallic gold dress by Maggy London. Alternatively, try a strappy heeled sandal.


– Since you’re already stepping toward the figurative fashion cliff by mixing your metals, make sure you keep everything else you’re wearing in the same genre. For example, don’t mix slouchy boho silhouettes with edgy geometric or grungy urban pieces. Keep it in the family, ladies.

– Don’t go too mix-y match-y with the hardware on your clothing and accessories. For example, your boots may have silver buckles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pair them with a purse that has gold fixtures. You wouldn’t match your fingernails to your lipstick to your shoes because it looks too over processed and thought out when you do. Don’t do the same thing with with your hardware.

– Stick to a neutral toned garment and then wear an even mix of silver and gold accents. For example, this classic Michael Kors LBD would pair well with this Lord & Taylor silver, gold and diamond accent necklace and Anya Hindmarch’s sparkling silver clutch. The same would work with a red, beige or white dress.


– If you’re hesitant to mix silver and gold, start off with something easy. Many designers — who are paid and adored for their fashionable third eye, mind you — pre-mix silver and gold together in one single piece. Dresses, watches, shoes, bags — there’s no accessory or garment off limits.

– Wearing silver and gold together is all about finding the right balance. Don’t overpower the senses by wearing a silver blazer with a gold skirt or by wearing a silver pant with a gold blouse. If you’re mixing metals, choose only one metallic for your garments.

By Wendy Rose Gould

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