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Baroque Fashion Trend for Women

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Baroque fashion started hot and heavy a few years ago and it’s not over yet. So, hang onto your ornately embellished hats for the rest of  2015 and 2016... and well into the foreseeable future.

Uh... Baroque?

are we still wearing baroque? (article)

Adrianna Papell Baroque 2015

Baroque was the name of the happening musical and artistic movement during the period of 1600-ish to 1750-ish, and Baroque fashions continued to thrill royals and wealthy Europeans long after 1750.

To understand Baroque style, try to visualize the clothing worn by the Italian or French royalty just a hair before Marie Antoinette was eating cake.

And, then throw in some elaborate silks fashioned into Florentine scroll patterns... only imagine the swirls and patterns in gold embroidery on black velvet or in silver embroidery on pale French blue.

But, that is not all. Consider a swirling room full of men and women in dizzyingly ornate fabrics, such as:

  • Opulent damask prints
  • Jacquards
  • Brocades
  • Velvets
  • And, other textiles I don't quite understand... but can recognize as quintessentially Baroque. Pretty freaking cool imagery, right?

Baroque is Flamboyant

Traditionally, Baroque fashion has always been all about over-the-top glitz and outdoing your neighbor with your own version of brilliant, gaudy bling... and, parading your sweet ass around in luxurious jewel tone textiles, embroidered with (real) gold thread... and hocking your family farm to keep this up month after month.

Okay, you can watch a baroque Uma Thurmond in Vatel (or our favorite Keira Knightly in The Duchess) a few times, but don't go overboard by trying to make yourself into the Beautiful Baroness of Baroque because you might come across as a crazy old lady who got lost on her way to Carnivale in Venice.

On the other hand, don't be afraid to add a little embellishment to your boring wardrobe. Baroque doesn't bite.

baroque dresses for older womenYes... the word Baroque has become a synonym for excessively flamboyant, exceedingly busy, overly decorated, and somewhat pretentious... and you don't want that.

What you do want is that little extra kick that comes from a few well-placed gold sequins or that extra smidge of pleasure that you get from wearing a classically elegant old-world design.

Mix Baroque With Other Styles

Well, the easiest way to wear Baroque without looking nutty or affected is to mix your Baroque with other trends... like denim pieces or neutral classics or trendy pastels or leopard prints or tribal jewelry... or you can just add a few pieces of Baroque jewelry to your basic black pantsuit. And, as you get more comfortable with luxe, you can add more Baroque items and other trendy stuff.

Think of Baroque as a bit of rock n roll, boho glam. And, unlike the olden days when you needed a houseful of maids just to come up with a loaf of bread, and it took twenty people to weave and embroider a bolt of ornate fabric, these days, Baroque and other extraordinarily cool looks are available to the masses.

modern baroque

Baroque Can Be Dressy or Casual

Baroque is easier to “show” than to “tell."  However, I like to imagine Baroque as the type of fashion, which would be worn by a jaded, decadent bohemian princess whenever she went out on the town with her younger lover (Italian, of course). And, then... whenever she got sick and tired of wearing all those heavy jewels and brocades, she would just throw on a trippy T-shirt and a pair of jeans... but still look extraordinary.

You don't have to wear anything that is intentionally Baroque to get the "feel" of the trend. Any bit of gold on black (or dark) fabric will work for evening (or for wintery days). And, you can adapt the look by lightening up the palette for summer... maybe a gold scroll necklace on a white T-shirt, a pair of jeans, and some gold shoes. (Article continues.)

Keep reading about Baroque fashion on page 2, please.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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