Returning for Round Two: Holographics

Holographic Cavalli.
Cavalli Holographics . Image:

Despite first emerging over a year ago, the trend for holographic clothing is back bigger and better than ever. This year it has been accompanied in designer’s collections by iridescent metallics and jewel tones, with sharp creases, pastels and monochrome pieces also adding to the retro-futuristic look (think yet another 80s resurgence, but in space!).

You may have seen holographic clutches or earrings marketed as party pieces all last year in the likes of Topshop, but now more than ever everything that can be made holographic — shoes, dresses, nails, sportswear — is being converted into something fit for a fashion-conscious astronaut.

Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Christopher Kane and Just Cavalli all used holographics on the runway, while countless fashion bloggers have been digging out their £300 statement buys from last year in glee. But how do you get in on the action if you’re neither employed as a professional Wacky Dresser (sorry, fashion bloggers, I love you really) or going out to endless fancy parties?

One way holographics are still being styled is as an accessory to make an otherwise boring outfit pop, which is helpful when our British weather isn’t really appropriate for this spring’s other trends, such florals and gingham.

Adding an eighties twist to your outfit with pastel colours and a slick of holographic nail polish or a holo nail wrap (perennially available from Barry M, Topshop or Urban Outfitters) would be a perfect way to do this without looking too obnoxious or spending too much money.

My previous forays into the trend have mostly consisted of me buying every shimmery holographic nail polish in view, cooing over them, magpie like, painting my nails and insisting everyone in my lecture hall admire them in varying lights. However this year I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered a pair of holographic Chelsea boots.

To me, an item like a casual plain shoe jazzed up by the unusual fabric/colour choice is what makes this item wearable, as opposed to a holographic clutch that is already an impractical party bag without the addition of the disco-tastic fabric choice. Though I chose Chelsea boots because I am already a brogue fiend, most holographic shoes I’ve seen have been variations on the brogues and look perfect paired with almost any outfit. One small statement item (like shoes, or a holo-embellished top) is a great way to follow a trend without breaking the bank. I mean, what student really wants to spend their month’s food money on an all-metallic floor length dress? Someone far more dedicated to fashion than I.

In all honesty, wearing a pair of holographic boots or shoes is no more outlandish than one of the many printed legging designs so popular in shops, and goes with far more things than your average nebula-themed pair of leg wraps.

As high street brands such as Nike, Nasty Gal and Topshop have shown, holographics go well with any low-saturation outfit, whether it be something a little more outgoing like pastels or just greys and dark colours. Anything that isn’t  a bright paintbox will usually be fine for erring on the side of not looking like you’re auditioning for the Cosby Show.

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