How to Wear Metallic Trousers

It's easier than you think.

Last Updated on February 2, 2023

I think of metallic clothes and the festive period comes to mind. The silver party dress for new year, the gold shirt for Christmas day and the sequin skirt for the staff party, but surely clothes should last longer than a season, never mind two weeks at the end of the year – that doesn’t sit right with me. 

I have a new rule when it comes to shopping (in an attempt to shop better and wiser) which is this: each and every item has to work hard for its place in my wardrobe. 

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So what does that mean exactly? Well, I have to be able to style it more than one way and wear it on more than one occasion – minimum. 

Which brings me to metallic trousers (and how to wear them anywhere, anytime) because I want to sparkle all year around, not just at Christmas.  

It took me over a year to find the perfect pair of metallic trousers; in the end some Amy Lynn, pink, straight-legged won the game; since they entered my wardrobe in September, I’ve barely taken them off. 

Not only are they showstoppingly beautiful, but they’re wipe clean and UK-weather-proof – that Margate wind isn’t getting through these, no chance. 

When it comes to styling, I’ve been treating them like any normal pair of jeans and throw them on with just about anything I can manage to grab from my wardrobe first thing in the morning. 

Yeah, I might have got a funny comment from a fellow dog walker once, but my estate agent and hairdresser are really into them so that’s good enough for me. 

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Are metallic jeans in style? 

Since seeing them on the runway (Paco Roban and Isable Marant, here’s looking at you) metallic jeans have grown in popularity and I don’t think I’d be doing my job properly if I didn’t mention the Zara pair that went as viral as a flu in the winter, on TikTok. 

What can I say, influencers love ‘em and they’re pairing them with anything from stiletto heels to chunky trainers to cowboy boots. 

How do you wear metallic clothes? 

Although metallic clothes look awesome dressed up – think party top, heels and a clutch – there is no reason why they can’t slip their way into your everyday wardrobe. 

As us millennials are well aware, the 90s trend has come back with a vengeance and it’s all about ‘grunging’ something up; we’re seeing corsets, strappy shoes and shirts paired with something casual and (most likely) very baggy. 

The same goes for metallic clothing – let the metallic piece be the star of the show, if the rest of your outfit is more casual than a one night stand, you’re on the right track. 

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How do you wear silver trousers? 

Silver is an all-singing, all-dancing neutral so you can pair it with most colours – that’s the beauty of it. Put silver trousers with grey layers for a work-appropriate look or add a pop of colour if you’re off the clock. Looking for something attention grabbing then mix your metallics for a party ensemble. 

Are metallics out of style? 

Metallics are very much in style; we’re seeing them everywhere – bags, boots, trainers…even coats. Dopamine dressing is a huge movement right now, people want their outfits to bring them joy, and nothing is quite as joyful as a bit of sparkle. Embracing glitz and glamour into an everyday outfit is, I hope anyway, here to stay. 

Can you iron metallic fabric? 

Metallic fabrics won’t take kindly to being ironed so it’s best to avoid it. Hang them up on a suitable coat hanger or lay them flat overnight under something heavy like a towel (to protect) with a stack of books or magazines on top. Sometime though, there’s beauty in the creases so don’t get too hung up on trying to make them look perfect. 

Outfit ideas for metallic trousers

  • Pull out a beanie and a puffer coat for a cute winter look 
  • Pair with a crop top and a loose white shirt for a night out 
  • Chuck on a band tee, a leather jacket and a pair of biker boots for the ultimate ‘cool girl’ uniform
  • A cute blouse, a pair of heels and a clutch for a more traditional out-out outfit 
  • Throw on a knitted jumper, tailored coat and a pair of white trainers for a very laid-back get up 

Shop metallic trousers


Rose Gold Coated High Waisted Mom Jeans, £17, River Island – buy now

Suri Metallic Leather Biker Jeans AllSaints

Suri Metallic Leather Biker Jeans, £339, AllSaints – buy now


Silver Leather Trousers, £479, Maje – buy now

Amy Lynn Lupe trouser in metallic ice blue

Lupe trouser in metallic ice blue, £75, Amy Lynn – buy now

Lupe metallic high-rise straight-leg faux-leather trousers Amy Lynn

Lupe metallic high-rise straight-leg faux-leather trousers, £75, Amy Lynn – buy now

COLLUSION metallic faux leather straight leg trousers in blue

Metallic faux leather straight leg trousers in blue, £23.25, ASOS Collusion – buy now

Silver Metallic Leather Trousers Arket

Silver Metallic Leather Trousers, £299, Arket – buy now

P-Arcy Trousers Diesel

P-Arcy Trousers, £125, Diesel – buy now

Annorlunda holographic faux leather curved waist trouser co-ord in magenta

Holographic faux leather curved waist trouser co-ord in magenta, £45, Annorlunda – buy now