Does anyone else find it really hard to concentrate on anything around this time of the year? I don’t know whether it’s the shorter days and cold weather or the fact that holiday season is upon us, but I just can’t seem to think beyond satiating my sugar cravings (a caramel brulee latte, anyone??), buying presents for everyone, and making myself some pretty snowflakes to decorate my bedroom window with! And, of course, finding a variety of perfect outfits for the numerous gatherings we are going to have!
Lace and sequins continue to be an obsession and definitely on my list of things to wear over the holidays, but I’m also looking forward to giving brocade and jacquard a try. For an Indian woman, they barely get out of fashion because they are such an essential part of Indian wear, but this year I’m really looking forward to having such intricate detailing on my coats, dresses and pants, as well. Yup, that’s what happens when you spend hours ogling at the gorgeous designs over at McQueen and Balmain. Such marvelous creations!
I love how rich this fabric is, which makes it perfect for festivities. If you’re feeling extremely experimental, pair brocade/jacquard with other luxe fabrics like lace, velvet, silk and satin, and metallic. But if that’s too loud for you, you can always balance things out by pairing them up with casual cottons, jerseys, and denim. Dress a pair of skinny jeans up with a chiffon top and a long, brocade coat; wear a jacquard dress with pointy toe pumps and a military coat; or toughen a pair of brocade shorts with a simple tee, an aviator jacket, black tights, and ankle booties. I also love the way the Cavalli model (shown above) is styled; a brocade jacket paired with tailored trousers and open toe ankle boots – so chic, no?
For the day, or even for work, pair a brocade skirt with a crisp, white shirt topped with a trench coat/camel coat and high-heel oxfords. The idea is too set off the opulence of the skirt with more demure pieces. Another great tip is to remember to keep your hair, makeup, and accessories at a bare minimal. A sleek ponytail, a braid, or simply just leave your hair down; bring attention to your eyes with winged eyeliner and keep the lips nude; and stick a singular piece of chunky jewelry to bring some edge to your outfit.
So, what’s your take? Is this something you will be trying out or is it too busy for you? Tell me what you think.
And pssssst! Don’t miss out on the gorgeous and affordable ($150 or less) brocade/jacquard finds above. They would look lovely worn over the holidays without putting a hole in your pocket.