How silver got sophisticated: Never mind naff party sequins… discover how tin foil fashion can light up your look

Had you asked me a year ago whether silver would be working its way into my wardrobe, I’d have said only if a forgotten fancy dress party saw me reaching for the Bacofoil.

In my mind, silver conjured images of Christmas party sequins, which are, quite frankly, naff.

But a new, sleeker, more sophisticated kind of silver has caught my eye — and the attention of both the High Street and designer labels including Balenciaga and Rick Owens.

The silver you’re looking for should have a tin foil-like finish. You want to look like a perfectly wrapped picnic sandwich. 

Far more wearable than its festive cousin, and suitable for every occasion (not just party season), you can find everything from trousers to heels looking as though they’ve been crafted from aluminium — with not a flashy sequin in sight.

Jacket, £129,; T-shirt, £30,; trousers, £35.99,

Strapless dress, £45.99

Strapless dress, £45.99

Cowboy boots, £300,

Trainers, £109, whistles. com

Cowboy boots, £300, and trainers, £109, whistles. com

Unlike the Tin Man, don’t opt for silver from head to toe. The easiest way to wear it is to invest in a statement piece for a focal point and dress it down with a simple T-shirt and knit, avoiding any hint of fancy dress.

Black and white are brilliant with silver, but grey and navy work well, too. A silver jacket, like Never Fully Dressed’s short style, £129, brings some excitement to an otherwise casual or dark outfit; it’s perfect with plain black trousers and a white T-shirt.

Mint Velvet’s wide-legged silver leather trousers are incredible, both wearable and surprisingly versatile. At £299, they’re not cheap, but they’re an investment piece you will be wearing for many years to come.

Marks & Spencer’s foil mini skirt, £99, will look just as good with black opaque tights as it does with bare legs. Mango has a slightly shorter version for £35.99, while you can go longer at Karen Millen for £55.

Blazer, £265, jumper, £155, and earrings, £50,; trousers, £299,; shoes, £25.99,

Blazer, £265, jumper, £155, and earrings, £50,; trousers, £299,; shoes, £25.99,

Leather blazer, £479,

Midi skirt, £55,

Leather blazer, £479, and midi skirt, £55,

There are dresses, too, such as the Zara strapless design here, which look great, though they are harder to work into your everyday wardrobe.

However, if silver trousers or a gunmetal skirt don’t appeal, don’t worry. The easiest way to join the trend is through footwear.

I favour a ballet pump-like flat, but trainers and boots work brilliantly in silver as well. If you have the money to invest, Camilla Elphick’s £230 flats with cross-over straps are as comfortable as they are beautiful.

Blazer, £169,; jumper, £29.90,; skirt, £99,; shoes, £230,

Blazer, £169,; jumper, £29.90,; skirt, £99,; shoes, £230,

Vegan leather trench, £189,

Slip dress, £19.99,

Vegan leather trench, £189, and slip dress, £19.99,

Cargo trousers, £59.99,

Mini skirt, £35.99,

Cargo trousers, £59.99, and mini skirt, £35.99,

And even small touches update a look. I never thought I’d see the day you’d prise me away from my gold jewellery, but now I’m swapping in silver rings, earrings and necklaces.

Just make sure that, this season, every outfit has a silver lining.