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Embroidered Boho Tops & Dresses Trend

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

folkloric festival large queen big skater dress colorfulOne of my favorite trends for 2014 and beyond is embroidery. It reminds me of the great boho fashions from the 60’s, when we wore embroidered tops and dresses and jackets and bags and belts and just about anything that could possibly be embellished. Even hippie guys wore ethnic, embroidered shirts back in the day.

I love embroidered fabrics because the colors and textures are so much richer than most prints. And, embroidery threads seem to have a more intense color than other threads. I'm not a textile expert, so I can't tell you what it is. I can only tell you that I like the way embroidery looks... maybe it's something about how the stitching refects the light... but I have loved embroidery ever since I was a little kid and my grandmother tried to teach me how to cross-stitch.

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Embellished Boho Festival Dresses

You know I love wearing dresses and skirts because it's easier to get a good fit in skirts than in pants. And, you know I love boho, because I look good in flowing clothes, and lots of other women look fabulous in boho styles, as well. So, how could I not tell you about the hip, beautiful, embroidered dresses (in regular and plus sizes) that I am seeing all over the internet.

Embroidered Folk-Pattern Dresses

If you want an authentic "hippie look" that's just like the styles worn by chicks and cats back in the 60’s and 70’s... back when concerts had cool bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream... you should look for gypsy-chic or Mexican-folk embroidery patterns. This type of folkloric decoration usually incorporates florals or swirls that form a symmetrical pattern (a mirror image). Most of the time, Mexicana and Gypsy embroidery threads are pure, bright colors, which are used along with black and/or white. However, some folk styles (I remember tops from Pakistan and India from the 60's) use subdued earthtones and geometric shapes.

The dresses in the photo above are perfect examples of European folkloric embroidery. Of course, almost no one can afford to buy handmade embroidered clothing these days, so you will probably get a dress that’s machine-embroidered using an old-fashioned pattern or you will learn to embroider your own stuff… and then teach me.

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Modern Embroidered Dresses - Boho Chic

Not all embroidered tops and dresses have traditional folkloric patterns. Some items are embellished with unique, modern designs. Other outfits use standard embroidery patterns but have a different feel than the traditional Gypsy or Indian/Pakistani or Mexicana styles that women have been wearing for centuries. Check out the dresses above for a few examples.

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Embroidered Ethnic Tops for 2014 & Forever

Don’t let the young, festival crowd have all the fun. You can wear embroidered tops and tunics even if you're over 40 or 50 or 60 or whatever. Just wear the tops with jeans or skirts rather than with cutoff jeans... like you see online. This groovy ethnic look is timeless and it's flattering for women of all ages and all sizes.

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Embellished Hippie Embroidery

There are tons of other things you can find that have cool boho embroidery. And, in my opinion, all folkloric style is fabulous. Look around for embellished jackets and vests with mirror work (shisha), embroidered T-shirts and sweaters, embellished belts and obi belts, embroidered cowboy boots and sandals, floral purses… whatever you can find that looks good and feels comfortable. Embroidery is a fab trend for spring and summer 2014, but this is one look will never go out of style.

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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. kay kerns

    Love embroidery too Always looking for it....new and thrifted both