One of the trends on the rise for this fall is embroidery. Gucci and Roberto Cavalli featured the trend during Milan Fashion Week, but no one did embroidery better than Sara Burton for Alexander McQueen’s fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection. The collection in itself has a beautiful combination of both androgynous and feminine pieces, and much of the embroidery is inspired by nature with butterflies and flowers adorning almost every piece.
As always fast fashion retailers like Topshop and Zara quickly took note and began releasing embroidered A-line skirts, dresses, jeans and jackets. If you couldn’t tell by now I’m definitely a fan of the trend, so I’m all for making it affordable for the college student budget. I walked into Zara a few weeks ago intending to shop their spring/summer sale, but the floral detail of this tunic dress caught my eye and I couldn’t resist splurging on it. Taking inspiration from the whimsical theme of the Alexander McQueen collection as well, lace-up flats felt like the perfect shoes to pair with the dress. The simple black handbag pulls together the look without taking any attention away from the details of the dress.
The best part of this trend is it’s DIY friendly. Take an old dress, jeans or pair of shorts and revamp it by hitting up your nearest craft store and investing in some embroidery needle and thread. If you’re anything like me and don’t trust yourself to create a decent looking embroider pattern, throw it back to the early ’90s with some iron on patches instead.