cropped pants
From left:  Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 11, Jill Stuart Fall/Winter 11 and Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 11. Images: Showbit

 Add a touch of opulence to a fall wardrobe with cropped metallic pants.

This season’s must-have garment will transform any outfit into something special.

The calf-skimming length is flattering on all leg shapes and appears to give shorter women some extra height.

The look was seen in Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall/Winter 11 collection. The designer paired thick, gold material with bright blue graphic tees and oversized print bags.

Models wore the pants over sheer tights, with gold-toed Mary-Janes, which added a smart, quirky appeal.

giorgio armani
More metallic cropped pants from Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2012. Images: Showbit

To steal this look from the runway pair heavy pants with fine, light knits or light cotton tops. Ensure the trousers have a brushed metallic look rather than being too polished.

In colder weather prevent chilly ankles, by throwing fine tights on underneath.

Keep gold and silver jewellery to a minimum and enhance the look with a smooth slick of red lipstick.

Accessorise the outfit with a large handbag in matching tones.© COVER MEDIA