Living: All That Glitters Is Sold

From scarves to sandals, the metallic look is flashy—and hot

The customer in a Chicago shoe boutique wanted something to set off a new dress that would also go with the rest of her wardrobe. The salesclerk asked hopefully: "Have you thought of pewter?" The customer looked blank for a moment, then replied: "Not since I last bought beer mugs."

Well, dear lady, think again. The well-dressed woman may once have considered a metallic accessory to be on the order of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Beyond that, anything more than a gold-accent belt or an evening...

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