All that glitters at party time

Fashion: F&F at Tesco Limited Edition embellished jacket �50 and sequin top �14

Fashion: F&F at Tesco Limited Edition embellished jacket �50 and sequin top �14

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It’s time for a party and while the LBD (little black dress) is a perennial standby, could it be time for a change?

ouldn’t it be cool to wear something a little different that’s not too out of your comfort zone, is probably more slimming (certainly on the blondes and redheads), and not so memorable that you can’t wear it again?

Style: Purple satin panelled 'Hybrid Dress' by �90

Style: Purple satin panelled 'Hybrid Dress' by �90

Preston image consultant Cliff Bashforth believes so and his advice is to think purple and not to be afraid of heavy metal.

Cliff, of Colour Me Beautiful, Priory Lane, Penwortham, says fashion has gone metallic mad and you can (literally) light up a room with the array of shimmering fabrics, details, accessories and make-up shades on the high street. The first rule before you start going metal mad is working out whether you have a cool or warm skin tone. Whilst it’s fun to mix up your metals, if you suit gold (warm tones) more than silver (cool tones) then you want to wear the gold nearer your face, and vice versa if silver suits you better, says Cliff. Think also bronze and copper if you have warm tones to your colouring.

You will find a metallic sheen on all kinds of fabrics from leather and denim to satin and knitwear and in brocade and floral patterns too. You can also work the look with heavy embellishment. Gold and silver feature but there are some colours too.

Cliff says: “Metallic trousers are a good basic to work this trend and are a bit more fun and dressier than regular jeans. Most cuts are skinny or straight leg so take care if they don’t suit you.

“Think carefully about the fabric and how you wear your bold metals. You need to be confident it works on you. A metallic dress is the perfect party alternative to all over sequins which may be too OTT for some.

“Shiny fabric will highlight the part of your body it is on, so make sure you are happy to accentuate that part.”

Studs are appearing all over shoes and handbags and this is the easiest way to bring metal embellishment into your wardrobe.

Although Cliff warns that it is quite a fierce look and can be too harsh if overdone. Metal toe-capped shoes are a perfect way for the more discerning to wear metal detail as they look rather elegant too.

Sequins are a perfect way to add sparkle for the party season as you only need a sprinkling to give your look instant glamour. If you don’t feel dramatic enough to wear sequins as a dress, you could try just a top or jacket; make sure that whatever you choose suits your figure and age.

Don’t be afraid to invest in a real show stopping piece if you feel it’s right and you will enjoy wearing it. Don’t just stick to silver or gold, do make the most of colourful pieces. And whilst more is more seems to be the current mantra for anything shiny, you don’t need big jewels if your clothes are doing the talking. Cliff says: “There are so many striking pieces of jewellery that you only need one statement item to upgrade any outfit. The choice is yours.”