Now, I don’t need to tell any of you that fashion is having a little love affair with the 70s right now – all you need to do is walk into any store (especially Forever 21) and it’s like walking onto the set of That 70’s Show. High-waisted flared pants, cropped blouses and peasant tops are everywhere, all in a nostalgic palette of mustard, cognac, royal blue, and emerald. I am starting to get a bit sick of all of the 70s references to be honest (blasphemy, I know) and I just want to walk into a store and find a pair of pants that are neither high-waisted, nor flared, and I want to do so with ease. That being said, one micro-trend that has emerged from under the 1970s umbrella is embroidery, and I gotta tell you, I’m super on board. From Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane to L.F Markey, high-profile fashion brands have been making their love for this textile trend very clear. What I love about embroidery this season is that it is not as overtly feminine as one might think. Sweet flowers and delicate birds are still present, but so are candy skulls, love hearts, and Asian-inspired Koi fish. Trust me, this isn’t your granny’s needlework.
Bomber jackets are huge right now and for good reason. They are casual yet chic with an urban feel that is always effortless. This sporty staple is given a luxe update with silky white fabric and exotic Koi fish.
What do you get when you combine a sporty bomber jacket with decadent velvet and dainty embroidered flowers? Perfection. This show stopping piece would make any outfit look insta-worthy and is casual enough for day but luxe enough for night.
If you’re anything like me, you get bored of carrying around the same bag for more than two weeks. This little embroidered beauty doubles as a wallet and clutch. This works for me because when I need a break from carrying it around, I can tuck it in another bag and use it as a wallet. The colourful pattern is cheerful and will lend an exotic flare to the simplest of outfits.
This is probably my favorite piece in this list. The A-line silhouette helps to enhance my small waist while minimizing my curvier hips. The denim fabric is a classic choice and the stylized 60s-esque floral motif adds just the right amount of femininity.
Smoking slippers are one of my favorite footwear trends of the season. Their vintage vibe is reminiscent of centuries past when people dressed for every occasion, whether they were sitting down for tea, going out to lunch, or sitting down to indulge with a glass of brandy and a cigar. This embroidered pair is given a feminine update with a low heel (still perfectly wearable for everyday) and intricate, colourful flowers. I’d pair these sweet little shoes with everything, from an elegant little black dress to a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and an oversized pinstriped button down.
If there’s one item of clothing that is considered a standard staple in everyone’s wardrobe, it is the button down shirt. I have more than a few in my own closet but all too often they can look very rigid and office-like. The slightly oversized silhouette and embroidered detail on this piece gives it a little extra interest while still being subtle and appropriate for work.
I’ll be honest, I rarely wear sweatshirts unless I’m camping. My own style tends to be a little more formal and girly so even when I dress down, I like my outfit to feel polished. This embroidered sweatshirt ticks all the boxes for me in terms of being comfy and casual but still elevated. The rich Merlot hue screams fall and the delicate floral motif gives it a whimsical, romantic feel that I love. This is one sweatshirt that I could see myself wearing on the regular and not just when I’m in the woods by a campfire.
How do you feel about fashion’s recent love affair with embroidery? Do you have a favorite piece? Let me know in the comments!