Precious metal moments

Autograph blue metallic leather skirt, �149; Autograph top, �39.50; bag, �25; belt, �9.50; shoes, �55; necklace, �15; all Marks & Spencer (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com). Picture PA Photo/Handout.
Autograph blue metallic leather skirt, �149; Autograph top, �39.50; bag, �25; belt, �9.50; shoes, �55; necklace, �15; all Marks & Spencer (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com). Picture PA Photo/Handout.

If the Olympic summer of 2012 was all about bronze, silver and gold, this is the year to dazzle in metallic colour.

Think high-gloss tones of purple, green, blue and orange that practically reflect in the sun. Style’s Quality Street moment, if you will.

Traditional metals have received a shimmering update, thanks to the likes of catwalk trend-setters Burberry Prorsum, Dior and Emporio Armani, who sent foil, iridescent and holographic finishes down the runways.

The lustrous effect can be toned down with light pastel hues, so experiment with different colours to find your perfect metal match.

Time to polish up your look and take metallics to the max.

Blue belle

Forget dowdy secretary, the pencil skirt gets a high-shine makeover at Marks & Spencer. This Autograph metallic blue leather will add a slick edge to summery tops, £149 (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).

Green goddess

Humble T-shirt begone. Casualwear gets a dose of high glamour with ASOS’s green metallic foil number. It’s a tee of two halves with cotton jersey on the back and dazzling contrast foil at the front, £22 (www.asos.com).

Lavender love

Don’t leave your feet out of the metallic makeover. Skin’s Foxys ankle strap heels in glossy lavender leather are guaranteed to make toes look on-trend, £60 (www.javari.co.uk).

Navy nuance

Turn to the metal dark side for a glam variation on pewter or bronze for eveningwear.

Motel’s inky blue metallic circle skirt is perfect for dance floor twirling, £45 (www.topshop.com).

Purple prowess

Prepare to have your shoulders stroked - a lot! The uber-shiny texture of Marks & Spencer’s Limited Collection purple foil shirt gives it instant tactile appeal, £32.50, available June (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).

Metal armour

Get your sweet fix with Zatchels’ Candy bags. This collection of coloured cracked metallic satchels will make your mouth water. Available in blue, pink, turquoise, or gold, from £119, (0845 521 2723/www.zatchels.com).

Pink power

How to make punk pretty? Just add pink. The structured box pleat detail on ASOS’s skater skirt provides the attitude while the colour keeps it sweet and feminine, £55 (www.asos.com).