Rock Baroque Without Going Ba-roke

Shopping / Style / December 12, 2014
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Do you have a penchant for anything glamorous and outlandish? Are you inspired by different times in history? Do you want to live like a queen? Then you should probably incorporate some Baroque-inspired pieces into your wardrobe–stat!

The Baroque period, once defined by complex, dramatic artwork, has made its way onto the fashion scene in the fall 2014  collections of ErdemDolce & Gabbana,  Alice + Olivia and KTZ.   Baroque apparel consists of ornate prints, luxurious textures and metallic accents, all of which evoke a dark, romantic vibe.

To master this style, you should carefully choose expensive-looking (yet surprisingly affordable) pieces. This is easier than you may think. Some of our favorite affordable retailers are selling Baroque clothing reminiscent of past collections from Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain.

Your best bet  is to choose pieces that incorporate damask prints in metallics, brocade or velvet fabrics.

Not sure where to begin? No worries.  We did all the work for you by finding 5 incredible Baroque-inspired pieces that you can buy now, even if you’re on a shoestring budget.

Damask trousers

Complete with velvet flocking, these are a sophisticated alternative to skinny jeans. I promise they will be your go-to holiday pants this season.

Zara Damask Trousers with Zips, $79

A Rich Velvet Dress

A burnout velour tank dress with a plunging neckline and a subtle damask print has an effortlessly sexy feel. Dress it up with a pair of sparkly heels, or grunge it down with some combat boots. Either way, you’ll look fab.

Cooperative Burnout Velvet Shirt-Tail Tank Dress, $50

An Ornate Embellished Choker

Not only are chokers totally in style right now, but intricate black gems on a green velvet ribbon ooze Victorian glamour. This statement piece will perfectly complement a black lace mini dress.

ASOS Baroque Choker Necklace, $23

A Luxe Brocade Combo

This A-line skirt and matching bra top are not for the faint of heart. Combine this with a metallic, emerald green floral print and you will surely turn some heads at your holiday party.

Metallic Brocade Floral Full Midi Skirt Teal, $66

A  Cozy Printed Sweater

A colorful knit with an intricate pattern inspired by Balmain’s Fall 2012 collection will give you a little taste of luxury. Pair it with leather leggings and you are golden.

Glamzelle Baroque Rose Sweater, $55

“Baroque” doesn’t necessarily have to mean “ba-roke.” Purchase some of these luxe pieces and you can look like royalty this holiday season, without breaking the bank.


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Hayley Lind
Hayley Lind
Hayley Lind is a rising senior at Philadelphia University with a major in Fashion Industry Management and a minor in Professional Communication. She currently serves as the blog co-editor for her college's fashion publication, Styleline. She hopes to one day write for a fashion magazine in New York City. Hayley is currently obsessed with outdoor yoga, thrift store shopping, and avocados.




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