Embroidered fashions may have literally been with us for thousands of years but not since King Louis set on the throne of France have we seen the quantity and quality of work that is now gracing catwalks and fashion boutiques around the globe.
Short History of Embroidery Fashion Trends
The oldest known embroidered clothing dates back to 30,000 BC. Needless to say, it has gone in and out of fashion more than once since that time. What many would consider its heyday was the courtly days of the French Renaissance period with its use of rich fabrics to create stunning pieces of textile artwork to rival any ever created by man. The last being the gypsy fashion trend of the late 60’s and early 70’s.
Perhaps due to the rather rustic and less than glamorous appearance of this most recent embroidery trend it has been absent from high fashion circles and relegated to church vestments for some time now. Thankfully though, through the visions of designer houses like Gucci and such fashionistas as Rihanna and Karlie Kloss, this magnificent art form is once again taking the fashion world by storm.
Chic for All Seasons
Part of the beauty of embroidery is that it is much like an extra fashion accessory that can be used to enhance the appearance and transform almost any garment. A little black dress can be made over from a wardrobe staple into a fashion statement or a comfy denim jacket can be raised from a dull utilitarian garment into a chic and unique piece of clothing that tells a story all of its own.
Embroidery trends needn’t be limited to clothing either. Shoes, handbags and belts that have embroidered embellishments can be used to add a little pizzaz and spice up any outfit.
This makes embroidery not just multi-seasonal but enables the trend to transcend style restrictions. From leather skirts in the club, to satin on the red carpet, to denims for that weekender in the country the embroidery trend crosses almost all boundaries with equal aplomb.
Tips for Wearing Embroidery
Back to Basics
Looking good is great but comfort is always a consideration for all-day wear. Dress up your wardrobe with these comfy and cozy ideas.
- Cotton poplin shirts with floral embroidery worn over plain white tees and paired with skinnies and loafers are a comfortable yet stylish outfit for daily wear.
- On cooler days throw an oversized sweater on with a pair of jeans sporting a tropical motif and sued jeans to warm up both your body and your look.
- Embroidered satin bomber jackets paired with contrasting shirts, cropped jeans and loafers give you a chic and stylish outfit that is comfortable enough to wear all day.
Play with Textures
Let textural contrasts raise your look to new levels.
- A faded denim jacket embroidered with flowers and butterflies worn over a light cotton dress and paired with detailed ankle boots will really stand out in the crowd.
- Wow the office crowd with a traditional woolen blazer worn over a simple cotton tee shirt and embroidered black leather mini skirt.
- Pair leather pants with a loose suede jacket over a light blue poplin shirt emblazoned with a floral motif.
There really is no limit to how you can express yourself while embracing the embroidery trend. Velvet minis, peasant skirts, bomber jackets, denims and silks of all types are equally at home with needlework embellishments. So, let your imagination run wild.