I spy with my little eye something that is sooooo Rococo. They say fashion and home decor take a queue from one another. I’d say this is definitely the case when it comes to this season’s popular fashion trend, brocade. Damask, jacquard, tapestry and upholstery inspired fabrics were all seen making their way down on the runways of 2015 by many of the top designers.
This heavy, regal looking fabric will keep you toasty warm during the coldest of Moscow winters, but looks equally in place at Hef’s California Mansion, worn by the one and only and no other.
The hues are rich and opulant and reminiscent of wallpaper found in the Chateau Marmont, the Shining or American Horror Story: Hotel. I’m not trying to deter you, honestly, they are lovely. And seriously, can you imagine a better game of hide and seek at grandma’s than in your top-to-toe brocade outfit? You’ll look like a floating head in front of a chroma key backdrop, peering out behind meemaw’s curtains. Awesome!
All jokes aside, I do love this look, but it’s all in the pairings.
If brocade is up your alley, here’s how I suggest it be worn and adorned.
- Try breaking the brocade pieces apart rather than doing the look top-to-toe. Yes, t2t is the look these days, but personally I find it all a bit much when done as a complete outfit. You don’t want to look like you stepped off of the set of the Tudors. Oh heaven’s no.
- Pair it with rich fabrics like silk, velvet, suede and cashmere.
- Go big or go home when it comes to jewelry.
- If bold jewelry isn’t your thing than go minimalist and opt out altogether on accessories.
- Pair it with metallics like gold, silver or rose gold.
- A crisp, white button down shirt is a guaranteed match, so too is a soft, silk bow blouse in a jewel tone.
- A turtleneck, jeans, boots and/or a felt hat works well with the brocade trend.
- Try brocade as a solo item so that it can be the standout piece and less like Fraulein Maria’s custom creations x 7. Try it as a pair of pants, a dress, skirt or smoking jacket. Ba-bam!
- For the fashionably curious, but a little more shy, try adding a subtle piece of brocade into your fall style with a clutch or slipper shoe.
Are you interested in taking a step back into the Renaissance period or will you go back to the future?