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Trend alert: Hippy-chic embroidery

August 3, 2011
Erin L. Hubbs


It’s not your granny’s embroidery, that’s for sure (I can’t be the only one that can’t stop humming the Beastie Boys’ “Boomin Granny”  after I use the G-word).

Needlework, especially of the floral variety is having a moment right now. Hipsters such as Kirsten Dunst, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jen Brill are just a few of the fashion trend setters taking a cue from Stevie Nicks while putting a modern spin on embroidery.

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Goodwill is a fantastic resource for trends that feature vaguely retro fashion such as embroidered jackets, capes and skirts. Rather than spend a zillion dollars, go digging for vintage pieces at your favorite store to add texture to your wardrobe.

But use caution — embroidery can go from boho chic to Memaw nightmare with just a few styling missteps. In most cases, especially those pictured on, embroidery works best when paired with a dark, solid color to add a bit of edge and toughen up the look.

Keep the accessories spare, too, when wearing needlework. The embroidery is an attention grabber: give it some room to work it’s sophisticated hippy vibe.

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