We loved candy bright pastels, fluorescent eye-poppers, and
gritty-tough black clothes in the eighties. Soft, subdued,
natural shades: not so much. Perhaps it’s easiest to say we
liked colors that didn’t appear in nature all that often.
It follows, then, that metallic clothes and accessories were a
futuristic trend that we snatched right up in our lace-gloved
little hands. Shiny! Eye catching! Judy Jetson-esque! We loved
gold and silver items in particular, with occasional dashes of
bronze, copper, and vibrant metallic colors thrown in.
This vintage 80s dress (see pic #1),
objectively, is just lovely. The black velvet bodice with
sweetheart neckline is totally flattering, and those gold
ruffles make me want to dance to some Culture Club, STAT. The
rhinestone embellished bows on the back are, of course, full-on
But look! We love us some black velvet
and gold lame’ (see pic 2) nowadays too. Pretty, no? Again, a super flattering
cut that is both bold (shiny!) and flattering. That nipped-in black
waist is slimming, and that sideways bow is both edgy and feminine.
And there’s plenty of 80’s tribute
dresswear out there, too. This little sparkler (see pic 3) is adorable,
Check out this vintage gold trench coat
(see pic 4). Gorgeous, right? Wow. Those wide lapels. Those epaulets.
That fabric with the perfect amount of body; it holds its shape, but
drapes beautifully and cinches in to a nice lean waist. Swoon.
But wait! They’re still making gorgeous
gold trench coats (see pic 5)! Metallic coats are currently just all
over the place. For example, The Gap has a super cute hooded rain jacket
(see pic 6).
And look! I have my own metallic gold
pleather swing coat (see pic 7)! Sweet, huh? Picked this baby up at a discount
department store last year for, like, thirty bucks. I get loads of
compliments every time I wear it. And my husband gave me the little gold
party purse to go with.
Of course, the metallics weren’t (and
aren’t) just for dress-up. Here’s a vintage pic (see pic 8) of a head-to-toe shine
that’s just right for daytime. Or the school Harvest Dance. Take your
This vintage top (see pic 9) is both totally 80’s
and completely current. How cute would this be over black leggings with
a pair of wicked boots? OR with a pair of adorable gold kitten heels
(see pic 10).
Check out this vintage gold bustier (see
pic 11). FIERCE! Imagine that paired with a chunky
faceted necklace or a lariat chain and worn with your black leather
jeans. Perhaps a studded black belt? Ruffled lace gloves are entirely
I am totally dazzled after shopping for
all this fabulous metallic stuff. Luxe, modern, edgy, and classic: