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White shirt Wednesday: How to wear brocade

The fashion set might already be curating their collection for high summer, but for the rest of us, winter is still well and truly with us. Whether your wardrobe's got a serious case of the January blues, or you're just looking for a simple trick to add a little spring in your step, luxurious brocade is a great way to inject some much needed colour into any grey-sky urban ensemble.

With lamé threads and heavy embroidery highlighted as strong contenders in Pre-fall collections from Armani and Valentino, thick corded materials with strong textured embellishment are a surefire way of showing your fashion prowess without letting cooler climes impede your fashion-forward intentions.

From empress inspired oriental duster jackets to intricate iridescent cigarette pants, high-luxe brocade is a sensible and style-savvy way to integrate catwalk ready trends into your daily rotation – whatever the weather has in store. Discover VAUGHAN's guide to wearing brocade below...

how to style brocade with a white silk shirt
Be bold

A regal textile adorned by some of history's most eminent women, go bold with daring designs in a sterling blend of metallic bronze, emerald greens and priceless platinum. Worn as a statement separate, this Dsquared2 Brocade Jacket blurs the lines between street couture and high luxe thanks to its biker-babe contemporary silhouette and ornate, Chinese inspired gold, sapphire and ruby embroidery. A cropped design with recognisable city-slicker accents, this Ming-dynasty rich jacket exudes elegance whilst staying true to its functional outerwear design.

Culture clash

Baroque florals with renaissance jacquard, really? Yes! Playing with brocade is all about time-warping your way through the centuries in a creative and colourful manner. Whilst we probably won't get the thumbs up from period costume buffs, culture clashing through eras renowned for intricate textiles can lead to some of the most eye-catching and inspiring sartorial successes. This art deco inspired Monique Lhuillier Lily Embroidered Clutch is a simple yet inventive way of pairing opposing embroidery methods together in perfect harmony.

Don't neglect your staples

Never underestimate the power of a white shirt. So simple it effortlessly blends its way into countless striking ensembles, this Lion in Winter white VAUGHAN shirt cleanses the palette and adds structure to any progressive fashion coup de coeur. Worn with a smart pair of high-waisted, tailored Vielma London Black Wool & Silk Trousers, these essential separates add a formal air to even the most playful of outfits. No-fuss, interchangeable separates create a blank canvas for outlandish statement pieces that can be switched up with appropriate footwear to suit the occasion.

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