For those, who like to limit their fashion purchases to the mainstream trends that are available in the nearest mall, techniques and trends that have been used in higher forms of fashion, like haute couture, might not make or break any deals. And why would they? Although the skill and labor of the craftsmen and masters behind every single haute couture garment is unquestionable, there are very few people on this Earth that would care to spend 10K on a blouse. But there is one trend out there, in the fashion streets of your city, that not only opens a window to one of the best practices of haute couture fashion, but also gradually conquers many mainstream brands and stores and that’s embroidery.
Embroidery, a beautiful skill that occupied women for centuries is making an equally beautiful comeback. Very often used in the top couture collections, this trend is now encouraged by more affordable labels like Chloe, Manish Arora, and Carven. And fashion bloggers and fashionistas all over the world are quickly picking up this ancient trend of displaying and appreciating beauty.
Wondering just how old this trend is? You’ll be surprised, but there are fossils dating back to 30,000 BC that hint about the earliest fashion authorities walking around in embroidery. Is this in our blood and genes? We wouldn’t be surprised at all! It survived this long, so who are we to question its value now?
Moving on to the most important matter, here’s how you should wear the trend of embroidery in spring 2016!
Embroidery on Coats and Jackets
Who said embroidery is only for exquisite fabrics? Don’t get us wrong, we’re still going crazy for the embroidery on sheer fabrics by Elie Saab, but the rumor has it embroidered coats and jackets are a major trend this spring. Whether it’s a single flower design or an Aztec pattern on your shoulders, the detail this technique delivers will grant you stares even when you’re in line for your morning coffee. Match these beauties by another current trend, skinny scarves wrapped around your neck with long ends flying in the wind.
Take a look at the best street looks at the Paris Fashion Week – denim was rocking the streets all over the city. So, why don’t you make a double impression by adding the new trend of embroidery to it? Again, the most popular designs are ethnic patterns and flowers. Now, having said this, it’s important to mention that it’s easy to confuse the embroidered denim in fashion now and the embroidered denim of your childhood that looks more retro than a trend. Denim has always been spiced up with sequins and embroidery, be very picky when it comes to the designs. Other than that, enjoy your comfy wear and the curious glances.
Give this point a round of applause, because we know you love embroidery on shoes, bags and other accessories with an entirely different enthusiasm. Anyway, the embroidered accessories frenzy started in 2015, proving to be a rather interesting fashion choice. Some of the collections that predicted our taste for 2016 still incorporated embroidered shoes and bags in their top looks.
Tops, Shirts & Blouses with Embroidery
If you’re looking to “test drive” this trend before you feel entirely confident in it, go with a blouse or a shirt. Shirts embroidered with Scandinavian, Indian and Slavonic motives are a steal, if you find a piece in the stores. Interestingly, the flower designs are less used in this case, maybe because they look much more luxurious on bigger pieces of fabric.
If you’ve been following the fashion news, you know that the ‘70s are the hottest time period at the moment. Numerous ad campaigns and runway shows were hinting to this decade, bringing nostalgia to people who’ve spent their youth in those times. Well, if you’re one of them, you’ll remember the overly popular embroidered shirts. If you’ve been introduced to our world just recently, consider this a retro choice all designers are tapping into now.
Embroidery on Dresses and Gowns
Of course, you can’t miss this category when it comes to haute couture techniques. An embroidered gown is like the jeweled crown in the jewelry store, it has a sort of power that is very hard to overrule. When it comes to gowns, you have more variety. You can go with a full-length embroidered dress or one with splendid details on the cuffs, collars, or shoulders. The choice is really up to you and your limits.
Lingerie with Embroidery
In a world where everyone expects lace and satin on your lingerie, embroidery can be a pleasant surprise. Whether it’s a soft pattern on a pastel color, or a striking black on pure white, a lingerie set with embroidery will definitely stand out in the noise of mundane designs we’re all tired of. Most importantly, the delicate designs on your coat or lingerie don’t have to be hand-sewn (although we all know that’s the highest value of embroidery). Machine-made designs look just as alluring as their couture counterparts.
The 2016 trend of embroidered fashions seems very exciting, but as good things don’t come easily, you will have to go for a determined hunt to find a perfect embroidered piece. It saddens me to say that embroidered clothing hasn’t made most of the department stores yet, move up to the boutiques, where you will find a couple of great pieces worthy of a purchase. If luck is not on your side, don’t give up, girl! Take a step further and test your treasure hunting skills with high fashion.
So, are you on board with this new fashion trend for this spring? Don’t rush into opening your own embroidery club, find the hidden jewels in the stores you regularly pay visits to and let your demands and the fashion offers meet halfway.
Photos courtesy of Collage Vintage, Nasty Gal, ASOS