The Height of Silver Style
With silver a key s/s '23 trend, let's take a look at how to wear silver with style
A strong current trend, and one that can be tied into #mermaidcore, is metallics. Whilst countless fashion editorials have pointed to metallics, Vogue have pointed more specifically to silver for the s/s '23 season. Vogue have even listed "silver linings" as one of the top ten trends for this spring and summer. (vogue.co.uk, 31st March 2023) This is hardly surprising considering the amount of silver dresses seen on recent red carpets and the fact that silver is a universally flattering and striking option. Whilst #metallic materials, and silver in particular, have had a strong presence for a few years now, the current focus seems to have reached an all time high:
"one unofficial rule is that metallics and silvers are reserved for the festive season, but don’t get much airtime beyond New Year’s Day. In 2023 that idea is getting turned on its head, as silver was a theme that dominated the spring collections, including the likes of Gucci, Versace and Chanel." (Emma Spedding. vogue.co.uk, January 2023)
"Sequins, crystals, lamé, gloss, satin and metallics — silver in particular — have had a commanding presence in fashion since 2021, but the obsession with reflection has reached incredible new heights on runways, red carpets and sidewalks alike this season." (Cassidy George. wmagazine.com, 21st March 2023)
Below are some of my favourite of the recent catwalk and red carpet examples:
Silver dresses are far more than just the style of the moment. For me, silver ties into my love of #1930sglamour; metallic dresses appeared frequently as a sartorial choice for 1930's Hollywood actresses. Also, Vogue have recently described silver as "less obvious than gold, more daring than black" and the "cool-girl option for spring". (vogue.co.uk, 31st March 2023) With these points in mind, it's hardly surprising celebrities including Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Dua Lipa and Camila Morrone have frequently turned to glamourous silver outfits over the years.
For me, another connection that silver fashion brings to mind, and that further cements silver as a "cool-girl option", is the 'space-age' fashion trend of the 1960s. In the YouTube video below, Ursula Andress can be seen fully embracing the futuristic 1960's metallic look.
With a combination of retro and modern glamour in mind, here are my picks of the most striking and glamorous silver items, ranging in price, to wear this spring and summer:
Let me know which of the silver items you like the most in the comments. Also, what's your take on silver as a s/s trend? Do you prefer another metallic colour or to not wear metallics at all? Thank you for reading, Gina.
Article by Cassidy George. 21st March 2023. https://www.wmagazine.com/fashion/metallic-shimmer-fashion-trend
Article by Ellie Pithers and Joy Montgomery. vogue.co.uk, 31st March 2023.
Article by Emma Spedding. 6th January 2023. https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/article/silver-trend
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