We saw it everywhere in 2016: embroidered pieces. From denim shorts and jackets, to dresses, even purses and shoes with embroidery emerged from the the depths of fashion designers’ minds! I have to admit, when the trend first started gaining popularity, I was a bit appalled. Embroidery to me was something outdated and reminded me of the cross-stitch work my mom tried to teach me as a child. It was a strange reminder of the 90’s, and I wasn’t sure I was on board. My first “test outfit” was a beautiful navy dress with unconventional embroidery along the bodice and in stripes through the skirt. I wasn’t opposed, and it quickly became my favorite dress of the summer.
Soon enough I was incorporating embroidery into my wardrobe in more ways than I originally planned. It was a great way to spice up the basic pieces, and it always offered colorful detail to my outfit. I was surprised when the trend continued strong into the colder months. With black taking over the majority of my winter closet, I shocked myself by ordering Zaful‘s take on a classic LBD. When I opened up the package, I was initially unhappy with the larger size of the dress (I ordered a size small and it looked more like it could fit three of me), but once I put it on, I realized that not only was it incredibly comfortable, but more flattering than I had first assumed. You also can’t beat the fabulous price of only $30!
Soon after photographing this piece – outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, one of my favorite spots – I had a good laugh while browsing Instagram. I was obviously not the only fashion blogger with her eye on embroidery, because I have now seen at least seven other ladies style this piece beautifully, and in their own unique way! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, embroidered pieces are certainly not going anywhere in 2017! I can only imagine how many companies will be producing fashion products embroidered in Pantone’s vibrant color of the year! Will you be wearing it?