If the Olympic summer of 2012 was all about bronze, silver and gold, this is the year to dazzle in metallic colour, writes Jo Davison.
Think high-gloss tones of purple, green, blue and orange that shine in the sun - style’s Quality Street moment, if you will.
Traditional metals have received a shimmering update thanks to the likes of catwalk trend-setters Burberry Prorsum, Dior and Emporio Armani, who sent foil, iridescent and holographic finishes down the runways.
The lustrous effect can be toned down with light pastel hues, so experiment with different colours to find your perfect metal match.
Polish up your look and take metallics to the max for a night on the town with a glinting metallic dress - summer’s take on the Christmas sequinned number. There are dark and dramatic versions, full-on gold and silver ones and also pastel-toned metallics that would work for wedding season.
Alternatively, pick one metallic piece to work into an outfit. If you’re really daring, and you’ve got a petite derriere and slender thighs, pick up some metallic jeans or pedal-pushers.
Otherwise, there are a host of strong, striking skirts around.
Forget dowdy secretary, the pencil skirt gets a high-shine makeover at Marks & Spencer. Their Autograph metallic blue leather version, £149, will add a slick edge to summery tops.
Short, circular skirts are another way to flirt with metallic. Motel’s inky blue metallic circle skirt is perfect for dance floor twirling. It’s £45 at Topshop.
Smart box-pleated skirts are set to cut a dash this season and a smattering come in metallic fabrics. Try ASOS’s pink skater skirt at £55 (www.asos.com).
Or invest in a bold metallic top - a short or simple tee shape in foil effect. It’s a simple way to wrap up the Quality Street look.
Don’t leave your feet out of the metallic makeover. Skin’s Foxys ankle strap heels in glossy lavender leather are guaranteed to make toes look on-trend (£60 at www.javari.co.uk).
Flats get the glamorous touch, too. Gladiator sandals usually come in neutral and tan, or blingy silver and gold. But the latest are stepping boldly out in full colour.
Bertie’s Jovenia metallic sandals, £50, are available in bold red, blue or silver at House of Fraser in Meadowhall and at www.dune.co.uk
Wear metallic arm-oury too, with a super-shiny handbag. Styles range from dinky metal clutches to big, bold shoppers. For a quirky look, try one of Zatchels’ Candy bags.
Still stuck on overfamiliar gold and silver? Ease your way into metal brights with our golden fashion rules:
n Pastels are the easiest way to work coloured metallics if you’re not brave enough for brights.
n Create impact in coloured metal with structured, neat pieces, rather than floaty foils with excess material.
n Bright metallics are perfect for daytime. Pare down by teaming with casual T-shirts or fine knits.
n If you’re feeling too ‘shiny’, tone down your metallic with matte nudes for a chic and summery look.
n Only ever wear one bright-coloured metallic piece. Any more will be shine overkill.