How To Wear Brocade For Any Occasion

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

--Guest Post By Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

Sometimes, a trend comes along and is so perfect that it sweeps you off your feet and makes its way into our wardrobes, without any effort whatsoever.

And then sometimes, it’s a little more difficult. We come up against not knowing what colours suit us. Or whether we’re going to overkill the look. Most of us don’t have the advantage of a stylist to help us work the latest trends.

So, what about a trend that’s so beautiful and so vast that you’re unsure where to start? That seems to be the predicament with brocade. So here at The Stiletto Jungle, we’re going to be showing you how to wear brocade for any occasion. Get the complete look, with minimum hassle. Consider this your guide to working the trend into your current closet and wearing it day or night.

Colours are the most important thing to get right here. For the base of your outfit, think gold, greys, black (of course), navy and brown. The darker and richer the colours, the better.

But for a daytime look, it’s best to focus your attention on one statement piece. This Space Couture blazer features a perfect brocade design. Throw it on over a pair of smart jeans or even your favourite Little Black Dress.

Space Couture Blazer

→ Buy the Space Couture Blazer, $195.00 (was $225.00), at

A floor length gold gown pays great homage to the trend. Team with statement jewellery and a chic up do. Or, try metallic brocade shorts for a modern take on the trend.

ASOS Denim Hotpants In Metallic Baroque Print

→ Buy the ASOS Denim Hotpants In Metallic Baroque Print, $52.77, at

Navy is a stunning alternative to black. Team with gold accessories.

Max C Brocade Skater Dress

→ Buy the Max C Brocade Skater Dress, $96.75, at

Makeup to Pair with Brocade for Daytime
For day, there’s no need to do anything too outrageous. Go fresh and sheer. Very subtle changes work fantastically. A coat of mascara on your bottom lashes is a great tip for drawing attention to the eye, without doing anything too experimental. Over at Clinique, they have one that is made especially for that purpose.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

→ Buy the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, $10.00, at

Makeup to Pair with Brocade for Evening
For the evening, it’s great to try something different. In fact, it’s essential. There’s nothing quite like a new look to make you feel like a brand new woman.
So, how about a subtle twist on the smoky eye? The fantastic thing about smoky eyes is that you can match them to pretty much any look and go as dramatic or demure, as you like. Why not use gold eyeshadow, on the inside corner of your eyelids, to shimmer, when you blink? If you’re too afraid to try false eyelashes, why not try cat eyeliner? Teamed with red lips, you have a winning look.

Make Up For Ever Metal Powder

→ Buy the Make Up For Ever Metal Powder, $23.00, at

Jewellery to Pair with Brocade
And last but not least, jewellery is an important part of your outfit and essential to making the brocade look work. If your outfit has gold detailing, choose gold jewellery. If your outfit has silver detailing, choose silver jewellery. Simple.

A cuff is a great piece that will make a bold statement, without overwhelming your outfit. This cuff bangle from The Jewel Hut has elegant detailing that will make a statement on its own or complement a brocade outfit perfectly.

Fiorelli Gold Plated Green Stone Wide Open Bangle

→ Buy the Fiorelli Gold Plated Green Stone Wide Open Bangle, £49.95, at

Guest poster Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence is a copywriter and blogger at The Jewel Hut – UK online jewellery store. Melissa is a lover of all things fashion a self-confessed bibliophile. Whilst primarily a writer of fashion and styling, she also writes lifestyle articles – anything with a focus on helping you to be your best version of yourself.