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How to do Folklore Fashion Trend Without Looking Like Heidi

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Examples of Recent Folkloric Fashions

Runways have been showing us elegant folklore-inspired fashions since about 2009 or so, but I have just started seeing the trend everywhere within the last year. Here are a few examples of designer wear that you and I can't afford:


Tfolk fashion for older womenemperley London Folklore Embroidered Dresses: These designer dresses from Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 are out of the normal price range for most women, but all of us can find cheapo knockoffs with a similar feel. Besides, you and I aren't likely to be walking the red carpet anytime soon.

Balenciaga Folklore Sweater: This modern-sized, oversized folklore patterned sweater is from 2012, but it's still a fabulous icon to copy. And, if you look around you might find something that looks a lot like this... because no one in your suburban neighborhood knows what it is.

Dolce & Gabbana Italian Folklore Outfits: This is the modern version of folklore for Spring/Summer 2013. No, most women over 40 should not wear bras that show through their lace like this. But, check out the cute hair and earrings.

Lena Horschek Spring/Summer Folklore: See how this bright and brilliant designer uses Mexicana, the American version of folklore, as her inspiration for warm weather fashions.

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Modern Folklore You Can Afford

The photo above has some examples of affordable folklore dresses. All of these are from Monsoon in the UK, except for the last one, which is from Hobbs. These may or may not be available when you read this, but I want you to understand why you can wear these dresses without looking like Heidi or some crazed folk person.

All of the dresses in the photo are folkloric because they have embroidery, but the other things they have are mirror imaged embroidery and colors that are strong and bold. Dresses 1, 3, and 4 lose the "little girl" look because they are form fitted in shape, while dresses two and 5 have a more traditional cut. However, if you wear any of these with modern accessories or you throw in some bangles from another trend, like tribal or polka dot or color blocking or asian, you won't look cutesy, you will look globally sophisticated.

And, in case you're wondering if folklore will be around for a while, here are two designers who are going big on Fall/Winter 2013/2014 folkloric fairytale fashions:

And, I've read that all Fall/Winter catwalks showed embroidery, although most of it looks so over-the-top that you aren't going to wear it unless you are invited to someone's royal wedding or something. Right? Right...

So, let's go on to more "real world" fashion that you and I can wear. What about... oh... let's say that you're an average Baby Boomer in suburbia who wears a plus size or who wears something larger than a size four... you know, a real chick in the real world. Well, let's look at some ways that Europeans wear an updated version of folklore, for real.

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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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  1. Cindy Smith

    Just saw a post with a brunette wearing an embroidered sleeveless tunic in a dark "army green " color with green leggings. I love this outfit. Can you tell me where I might be able to buy it? Thank you!