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Ooh, shiny: Metallic finishes add luster to fall wardrobe

The newest metallics offer a twist on classic accessories such as brogues. Marni offers a pair in gold for $685 at Net-a-porter.com.
The newest metallics offer a twist on classic accessories such as brogues. Marni offers a pair in gold for $685 at Net-a-porter.com.

If you have to choose just one accessory to update a look for fall and winter, make it metallic.

Golds, bronzes and silvers are everywhere this season, bristling from studded bags and shoes, shimmering atop nails and eyelids, and even woven into sweaters and skirts with Tencel-style threads.

One of the newest of the metal finishes has shiny luster, some with an almost mirrorlike sheen. One of the most interesting ways to wear it is as a classic accessory.

Traditional wingtip brogues, for instance, seem edgy and new at Marni with a finish that looks as though they've been dipped in gold. It's just the accent for the season's deep jewel tones, plush furs and hardy wools.

At Coach, a classic loafer with whipstitch trim and tassels goes from sedate to smashing in a patent leather of pewter or gold. Think of wearing these with bright blue skinnies or maybe a pencil skirt in a rich emerald or even basic black.

A silver metallic bag designed by Britain-based Cambridge Satchel Co. for J. Crew transforms a schoolhouse standard into a shiny new style for fashionable students and grown-ups, too.

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