Baroque…The material that always reminds me of Christmas. Perfect for December festivities, red carpet events or just dressing up around the house, it’s fit for a queen, quite literally.
Whether it’s Lanvin’s gold and black baroque dress, or Dolce and Gabbana’s baroque military-esque jacket, this design is destined to make you feel like a million dollars. But rather than fork out the £3000 for Lanvin’s dress (with little change given, mind you) all you need to do is have a look around to get that ‘posh’ look for less, and I’m not talking about Vicky Beckham.
The problem we all have with baroque, is its ability to look costume-esque, and not in a good way. It was first worn in the 17th century by royals and richies and therefore you can imagine how exaggerated and ‘out there’ this look is. Baroque was not just the name of the ‘look,’ it is the name of the movement; the changes in art, music and fashion around that particular time, for those who could afford to be a part of it.
In those days, it was considered then that the more colours you wore, the wealthier you were assumed to be. Can you imagine?
“Excuse me sir; can I have one with every colour on please?”
“Erm erm, ma’am…”
Anyway, baroque does looks exceptionally grand; beading, ribbons, intricate detailing. Expensive materials such as brocade and taffeta were embroidered into the materials, and usually gold and deep red were the most popular colours, (see, told you it’s Christmassy.)
Nowadays, you can get baroque patterned tops, skirts, harem trousers and even leggings. For those of you who are a fan of paisley, this design is a definite must.
So, if you don’t want to be mistaken for Louis XIV, (any historians out there?) then try simplifying it to ensure you look modern chic rather than old chick.
But, overall, be inspired by the fashions of a past century and wear it with as much grandeur as you can muster, whether it’s the over £2,000 Gabbana blazer or a pair of £45 ASOS trousers, wear it like you are a queen for a 1600 year party. I bet your old history teacher will be impressed, eh?