The 2012 Olympics inspire more than just a sense of national pride, healthy competition, and athletic camaraderie, there is also an overwhelming need for nabbing the most prized possession: the gold. If you thought I was talking about the iconic medal all these contenders are vying for, then think again. We're all about gold style. To begin your gilded summer, start by reviewing the hottest fashion picks, designer inspirations, and shopping tips—all done in the most coveted metal.
Mulberry Gold Sportswear
Spice up your sportswear by donning gold threads like the separates seen at the Spring 2012 Mulberry collection. Luxury casual wear at its best, gold pieces add glamour to any ensemble by adding a chic element that feels modern and fresh rather than flashy. Wear an all gold sporty outfit for maximum impact or pair with neutrals for a sophisticated combination.
Temperley London's Heel Accent
Look for accessories with gilded accents and hardware to subtly dress up your look. At Temperley London's Spring 2012 collection, evening-centric looks were paired with black shoes that were decorated with metallic gold heels. Great for dressing up any outfit, golden accents add a regal quality to almost any ensemble. To keep your accessories looking luxe rather than cheap, make sure that there is an even contrast between the flash and the neutral by choosing solid classic hues.
Oscar de la Renta's Gold Bijoux
Pair your summer whites with gold statement jewelry like the ones seen at the Spring 2012 Oscar de la Renta collection for a luxe pairing that is feminine and elegant. The textured architectural design adds a modern element that contrasts beautifully with the vintage gold metal for an artsy combination. Practical and classic, textured gold pieces work in both casual and dressier settings.
Tory Burch's Oversized Baubles
Sport oversized glittering gold gems on your lobes for a fancy night out. Costume jewelry, as seen during the Tory Burch Spring 2012 collection, is the perfect accessory for a glitzy and glamorous night out. Meant to dress up a casual frock and embolden a cocktail dress, golden gems feel sexy, feminine, and confident, especially during the summer. Put your hair up to add even more focus to your golden ears, while avoiding any other flashy accessory.
Balmain's Exuberant Bling
Add a snazzy jacket over your casual gear for a bad girl/glamorous 'tude that will do so much more than just catch everyone's eye. To keep your look from going into Baroque overkill territory, or even worse, the semblance of a 1980s music video remake, make sure to pair your flashy golden separate over a super casual outfit like slouchy chambray shorts and a luxe cashmere sweatshirt a la Balmain's Spring 2012 RTW collection.
Miu Miu's Take on Glitter
It's no surprise that Miu Miu's Glitter-Finish Sneakers have already become a favorite of the high-style street crowd. With its gold glitter finish and metallic studded cap-toe, these high-tops combine high fashion art with easy functionality, enabling you to wear these as often as possible during the summer season. The cool choice regardless of your outfit, these glittered kicks are fancy enough for frocks, and sporty enough for casual wear.
The Golden Croc
Accessorize your summer night style with this extremely luxe clutch from Kotur. Chic and glamorous, this croc embossed clutch comes in a gold metallic with a rich moc-croc texture. Detailed accents like a brocade lining and a chic geometric clasp give this clutch superior status. Its shapely design is perfect for all types of evening outings, and is spacious enough for all of your nightly essentials.
Give your a phone a glamorous makeover by dressing it in this metallic logo case from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Bubble logo letters scroll across this metallic case for a fun and playful contrast. Not only will your phone get golden reviews with this glitzy case, its flashy design makes it really easy to spot, thus avoiding countless minutes searching for your misplaced phone.