There’s something about the age of kings and queens that we keep coming back to:
We saw the opulent, Elizabethan look back in 2013, again on the show “Reign” and most recently in this year’s runway collections. Valentino (spring & fall), Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Gianluca Capannolo and more brought the royal look back with a vengeance. If that wasn’t enough, Dolce & Gabbana even added crowns as well as some chic brocade prints to the house’s over-the-top Spring/Summer 2017 looks. (It didn’t hurt that celebrities took on this baroque trend, either.)
Here’s how to take on the season’s mix of high collars, ruffles and regal prints without looking like you’re in a bad renaissance fair costume.
Use Brocade Outside of the Holiday Season
Nothing catches your eye and makes someone go “wow that’s cool” like the glint of a well-crafted, embossed design with metallic undertones. That moment is often the work of brocade, jacquard and damask prints. (Think: the intricate patterns you see on Reign/The Tudors or your holiday dress from last year.) The rich colors, depth of detailing and intricate patterns all scream “luxe.” If designed properly, it even can make you feel like you belong in a chic, bygone era of royalty.
Here’s how to get that same notion without spending a fortune on a custom-made look.
Pair Your Favorite Suede Skirt with a High Collar.
I know your heels reached 6-inches at one point, so why not your collar? When combined with a fun print, delicate ruching or even a ruffle, the high neckline adds a sweet feminine touch to any modern look (including menswear-inspired ones!). Simply style your top with an embroidered pair of midi boots and jeans or a suede pencil skirt and loafer pumps.
Not sure if this trend is for you? Here are a few more ideas at a $100 price point, or less:
Break Out The Ruffles & Bow-Front Shirts from Your Closet.
I know these shirt/dress styles are already in your closet, so you might as well have some fun with them! Take your love for ruffles to the next level with a few easy styling tricks. Pair them with sleek, black brocade pants to go out or simplify things with a colored pair of trousers and block heels.
Looking to dress up that Rivers Island dress on the right or something similarly sheer? Class it up with a modern statement necklace (like this) and colored ankle boots for a night out.
See, it’s possible to channel this trend and still look chic. Check back tomorrow for more Fall-ready trends to love.