Baroque. Usually this word conjures up thoughts of ornate church ceilings, gilded architraves and a helluva lot of anything gold. It's also a style that is either considered beautiful or seriously over-blown and tacky. If you belong to the latter group the latest fashion offerings from Dolce and Gabbana may convert you from from hate to love with a single viewing of the gilded flower headbands from their A/W 2012 collection....
The baroque trend is actually a craft lover's fashion dream: think embroidery, cross-stich, tapestry and beaded detailing that adorn full skirts, ladylike dresses, handbags, dainty clutches and even heels. No longer relegated to the tatty overnight bag or something your nanna would have worn circa 1930, embroidered clothes and accessories are coming back in a big way. Who woulda thought that granny's good ol' tapestry bag would one day be high fashion and actually kinda cool? So start raiding those closets, attics and op shops ladies!
Baroque accessories are also a crafty gal's best trend (see what I did there?) because they are super DIY friendly. If you can't spare $1000 to buy one of the gorgeously embellished D&G headbands then why not have a go at making something similar yourself? Hit up your local craft shop for lace, pearls, rose and crystal cabochons and then get gluing to create your own unique hair accessories and earrings. Here is some inspiration to get you going:
When it comes to the makeup, think subtle. When you're wearing clothes and accessories that are so luscious and bold you really don't need to go overboard in the makeup department. Keep it clean with matte, neutral eyeshadows, pretty-in-pink blush and a soft lip. If you want to at least make one makeup statement I would suggest a slick of black liquid eyeliner or a wine coloured lipstick that pairs with the richness of the clothes. Here are my baroque beauty picks with some purse-friendly accessories to complete the look:
1. Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner (12.95). Use this handy little pen eyeliner to define your eyes with a simple line that ends in a little flick across your top eyelid.
2. Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Rivoli ($50) a classic creamy lipstick that's not too matte and not too shiny. Go for a sexy burgundy to play off the black and gold embroidery of your outfit. Otherwise, stick to a slick of neutral lippie or lip balm and let your outfit make the statement.
3. Priti NYC Nail Polish in Flower of an Hour ($16.95) is a sophisticated dark red shimmer that would go perfectly with any rich brocade outfit or accessory.
4. Whether you choose to go with bold or neutral colours for your makeup you simply must play up your eyes by using a black volumising mascara like L'oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Extra-Black ($26.95). This new mascara has a super-big wand to coat every little eyelash so get a super-gorgeous falsie effect. And because L'oreal is the owner of luxury brand Lancome (who are famous for their amazing mascaras) L'oreal's mascaras usually have very similar formulas to its sister company's more exxy ones. So you can get a high-quality formula for half the price. Major win!
5. MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Love Long Distance ($36) provides the perfect amount of natural pink colour to your lips and lets your baroque inspired ensemble shine.
6. The River Island Tapestry Satchel ($59) is a perfect bag for everyday use that totally encapsulates the baroque trend. The fact that it looks suspiciously like a Mulberry Alexa bag doesn't hurt either.
7. These ASOS Mini Gem Flower Drop Earrings are seriously gorgeous and look totally Dolce but cost only $20! The perfect accessory to glam up your workday wear and casual outfits. A winner on all counts.
8. This lovely River Island Perfume Bottle Necklace ($10) will add some baroque glamour to your outfit.
9. This ASOS Clutch Bag with Jewel and Lace Detail ($50) is a modern and kinda glitzy take on the trend.
10. Try wearing this ASOS Spike, Pearl and Crystal Headband ($20) as a baroque-meets-girly-punk experiment in total loveliness.
11. Cath Kidston Stitch! ($14) will get you cross-stitching and embroidering in no time! A great guide for beginners and old hands alike, this book is full of gorgeous stitching projects that are completely naff free.
What do you think of the baroque trend? Are you loving D&G's high fashion take on crafty past-times like embroidery and cross-stich?
Have a beautiful week!
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