This Week I Love …

… subtle metallics.

I will admit to buying a silver sweater last year. I loved the idea of metallic threads mixed with cotton and wool, and the one I ordered looked very cool in the photos but more or less like sweater-shaped aluminum foil on arrival. (Like this, but … worse.) But I’ve been eyeing metallic clothes, shoes, and bags since then and pondering another purchase. Here are a few subtle metallics that have caught my eye:

jcrew metallic linen tee

J.Crew Linen Boatneck Tee – $45

I managed to thrift up a blue-gray metallic linen tee, and I just adore it. Woven linen wrinkles the second you look at it, but linen knits like this are less wrinkle-prone. This top would look amazing with tan or light khaki slacks, light wash or gray jeans, or a pastel pencil skirt. Also take a peek at this metallic linen blazer in regular and petite sizes … though it will be much wrinklier. eBay has some plus size options, including Eileen Fisher.

earth shoes bellwether

Earth Bellwether – $94.99

I bought these at least a year ago, and am amazed to see the exact style and color is still available! These are a great alternative to black, and a little more exciting than gray. Plus they’re Earth brand, so well made and fabulously comfy. Available in wide widths, too. If you prefer a warmer metallic for your flat, this bronze pair is fab and comes in both narrow and wide widths.


Gap Shrunken Metallic Sweater – $41.99

I ended up buying this one around Christmas, though it’s yet to show up on the blog. Aside from the metallic finish on the front panel, the sweater is 100% cotton so it washes and wears well. It’ll also play nicely through spring until the truly hot weather arrives. Also available in petite sizes. Prefer a solid color? This similarly shaped sweater is available in three solid metallics.

karen kane metallic plus size dress

Karen Kane Plus-Size Metallic Knit Dress – $63.03

This one might be a little too sparkly for a conservative office environment, but great for a night out and easily dressed down with a denim jacket and ankle boots. That gritty, gunmetal metallic is so appealing to me. Available in sizes 0X – 3X. In regular sizes, you can grab this pencil skirt made from the same material.

london fog metallic tote

London Fog Reid Tote – $85

Love that dark yet warm bronze in a classic tote shape. At 15.9″ x 11.9″ x 6.1″, his bag could’ve made it into our recent file-friendly work bag roundup. It’s faux leather, but if you prefer the real thing this bag has a similar shape in light gold leather.

metallic scarf

Mango Metallic Scarf – $23.99

Just the slightest hint of a metallic finish on this light beige scarf makes it seem luxe and sophisticated. And the airy neutral makes it ideal for spring and summer wear. Also available in a very pale gray/silver.

metallic petite sweater

Petite Metallic Pleat-Back Pullover – $59.99

This sweater definitely has a slouchy fit, but I love how it’s styled here and could be great with just about any slim-fitting bottom. And it’s got just a hint of cashmere for softness – a characteristic often missing from metallic clothes. Plenty available in petites, just a few in regular sizes. Here’s a similar sweater in sizes 1X – 3X.

metallic belt

Land’s End Refined Reversible Belt – $19.99

Friends, you’d be surprised by the versatility of a good metallic belt. It needs to be subtle – sequins and holographic silver finishes do not a useful belt make – but if you can find one like this with a burnished, understated finish, you’ll find it goes with just about everything. The gold version is shown here (reverses to “papaya” which looks brownish), but you can also nab this beauty in pewter/black or tortoiseshell/black. Also available in plus sizes.

Do you wear metallics? Which is your favorite shade? Any other resources to share?

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4 Responses to “This Week I Love …”

  1. Dust. Wind. Bun.

    I love this kind of metallic finish too! I’m tickled by this because today I wore my pewter Docs for the first time in 5+ years (they were in storage, long story). I could have gotten black ones, but that’s not as fun…

  2. Talia

    How timely! I am wearing a silver metallic sweater today – my first! I found it at JCPenney (clearance rack no less!) and it is soft with just a bit of shimmer. It is understated and paired with my gray slacks, very professional.

  3. Sara

    Funny! I have been wearing a silver foil T (more of a tunic length) I bought on a whim from Banana Republic at Christmas to work under blazers about twice a month since I bought it. I have three kids and never go out at night, so I decided I could break the rules a bit and wear it to my work (as a corporate lawyer). And I am a bit of a minimalist (I buy at most 1-2 clothing/accessory items a month and practice one in and one out), so I never do sudden purchases like that top — but I am glad I broke my rules and got it!

  4. crtfly

    I would like a silk scarf with metallic thread. I have seen some nice ones both on ebay and Etsy. I have been thinking about this for quite awhile now. I may go ahead and purchase one.