When you hear the word embroidery, you may think fondly of an activity preferred by your grandmother. But the centuries-old craft of decorating fabric with needle and thread has gone from the couch cushion to the catwalk. Spring has sprung, announcing itself in brightly embroidered colours! Following in the footsteps of Gucci, other designers have joined in on the red-hot trend and unveiled their own embroidered creations. From Alexander McQueen dresses to Dolce & Gabbana jackets, SS17 collections were rife with intricate patchwork.
Off the runway, celebs and fashion enthusiasts alike are flocking to embellished pieces to add interest to their spring wardrobes. The great thing about this season’s hottest trend is that it can done as boldly or as subtly as the heart desires. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks to accommodate every budget.
These trendy, straight-leg jeans marry the simplicity of classic denim with elaborate floral patterns that can easily go from day to night. Pair with a T-shirt and sneakers while you’re running errands and then swap in a blazer and pumps for a night out with the girls.
splurge. For the gal that can’t resist designer threads, these Gucci Embroidered Denim Pants go for $1,435.
budget. For on-trend jeans that won’t break the bank, these Zara Mid Rise Jeans with Floral Embroidery will only set you back $70.
The oh-so popular bomber jacket has taken on many shapes and styles over the years, but the latest embroidered version is one of our faves so far! For that cool-girl-chic look, a printed bomber is the perfect layering piece for spring.
splurge. Yes, another Gucci piece but this $2,630 printed jacket is the perfect balance between athleisure and glam.
budget. We’re loving the line TWIK by Simons and this $79 embroidered bomber is one reason why: stylish and affordable!
Suitable for a garden party or a night on the town, a beautifully embroidered dress will be a go-to piece this spring (trust us).
splurge. This classic Tory Burch silhouette features an elegant floral design and is decorated with pearls and beads. This statement piece could be yours for $1,295.
budget. One of our favourite little shift dresses gets a makeover with all-over beading and a scalloped hem and comes in budget friendly at $240 from Banana Republic.
If you’re not completely sold on wearing embroidery on your clothes, an easy way to keep up with the trend is to carry a detailed handbag. A pop of pretty floral can elevate any look.
splurge. This $2,779 signature Alexander McQueen satchel gets a fresh update (plus, we’re loving the pastel hue).
budget. If you’re on the hunt for a bag that's both edgy and feminine, this $68 cross body by Top Shop provides the perfect combo.
Calling all DIYers! This trend is the perfect opportunity to add personal touches to your wardrobe; all you need is patches, which are available online on Etsy or Amazon, a hot iron, glue and a cloth to protect the patch while you iron it on.
Whether you’re a craft queen or prefer ready made, embroidery is definitely a trend we’re jumping on! —Johnnie Smart