How to wear the gold dress trend

Has Kate Middleton’s incredible outfit from the No Time To Die red carpet got you dreaming of a killer gold dress of your own? Well, you’re not the only one.

After the Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning Jenny Packham gold gown to the world premiere of the latest James Bond film, Google searches for ‘Kate Middleton gold dress’ instantly spiked.

Read: The most stylish Bond girls through history

The floor-length cape dress, which is embellished with gold sequins cascading from the sharp shoulders down to the sheer hem, appears to be a custom creation.

A similar style from Jenny Packham, the Margot gown, which was available on the Harrods website but has now sold out, retailed at $5100.

But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the Bond girl look. With party season not too far off, and metallics a massive trend on the runways, a gold dress is a must-have this season.

Read: Kate and Will’s best style moments

The key to styling a shimmery showstopper is to let the dress do the talking. Don’t overcomplicate your look by adding too many accessories.

For a glitzy event, simple strappy nude or black heels and a clutch bag are all you need to go with a floor-sweeping gown.

And if the dress code is a bit more laid back, give your look a fashion-forward edge by teaming a gold cocktail dress with heeled ankle boots.

While Kate looked fabulous in dazzling yellow-gold sequins, another metallic shade might suit you better. If you tend to wear silver jewellery and suit cooler tones, opt for a pale champagne or deep rose gold instead.

If you’re going for darker shades of gold, try to find a way to soften the look with feminine elements like dainty jewellery or a pair of gorgeous heels.

If you don’t want a full gold dress but still like the trend, try single pieces such as a gold maxi skirt paired with a white blouse and black belt, or a gold drape to match a basic ensemble.

When you want to flaunt just a touch of gold in your ensemble, try an accessory like a small bag or a clutch.

Read: Why we need to stop telling women to ‘dress their age’

Remember to think about the outfit as a whole. If you’re stuck on shoe colour, a basic fashion rule when styling gold outfits and dresses is to use the other main colour featured as an ideal accessory pairing. If your gold dress is fully gold, then either choose a shoe in a close colour match or contrast with black, white or red.

The metallic gold look will certainly turn heads. Opt for sequins or studs if you really want to make a statement. Alternatively, a simple cream dress with gold embellishments will create a softer look.

As for jewellery, Kate got it spot on, leaving her neckline bare and accessorising with bespoke gold drop earrings from Onitaa, previously seen on the tour of Pakistan.

When you’re wearing an uber-sparkly dress, you don’t need to add a ton of bling, but a chunky cocktail ring or pair of statement earrings are the perfect finishing touch.

What colour will you be wearing this holiday season? Are you a fan of the gold dress trend? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

– With PA

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