Embroidery is certainly a very hot trend, now more than ever, but I tend to see more of it on store hangers than on people. Why is that? Well, because embroidery is not that easy to master and often times it just doesn’t look good once on. There are many common fears surrounding the embroidery: fear of having an overly ‘busy’ outfit, fear of looking too try-hard, fear of appearing too girly/romantic, or completely ‘baba-cool’. So, how to balance and which mistakes to avoid?
I would say that one embroidered item is way easier to wear compared to an entire embroidered outfit (e.g top+bottom or a dress). If you are going for a single item, your best bet is to pair it with anything denim or solid-colored. For example, if you are wearing an embroidered shirt pair it with simple clean frayed jeans. If you are wearing linen embroidered pants or skirt, pair it with denim shirt or a simple white shirt.
If you are going full force with a top-bottom embroidered combo or an embroidered dress like I did in this shoot, here is what to remember:
Choose one or maximum two main colors in your embroidery and match accessories with it.
In my case it was red and navy so I wore my favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing sandals in Poppy Red and a simple navy hat to complete the outfit.
For those of you who want to go for double embroidery, proceed with caution! 😂 It is very easy to get overexcited and look funny. I would say that only top or bottom has to feature heavy embroidery, and the second of the two pieces has to be fairly neutral with subtle embroidered details. There are a lot of striped cotton tops and bottoms in stores this season that feature very light embroidery, I would say that these would be a perfect match to that ‘other’ special piece.