Q: Is it okay to mix metals?

A: A lot of former no-no's are now yes-indeeds, and the ban on wearing gold and silver together is among them. Far from clashing, mixed metals actually add warmth and texture to your style. Besides, it's boring when people get so matchy pooh-pooh, obsessing about whether their wedding ring goes with their hoops.

But don't take my word for it. Stefani Greenfield, co-owner of the hip boutique Scoop, tells me that accessories are the easiest way to nail the trend, like layering gold and silver bangles. Or wear a watch that combines white and yellow gold, which is what Helena Krodel of the Jewelry Information Center in New York City suggests—it will pull together all your pieces.

Clothing is trickier. I agree with Greenfield, who thinks that a gold dress with silver shoes is fine—just relate them with metallic-flecked hose. But a skirt and top in contrasting metals can read as too much. As she says, "You want to be fashion forward, not fashion victim." Hear! Hear!


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