Victoriana Vintage – A Touch of Velvet and Brocade

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This season is full of the most luxurious fabrics and textures. The High Street is a veritable dressing up cupboard. Velvets, brocades, lace and sequins – Think Belle Epoque, with a little Victoriana meets Shoredich.
But for the ladies on This Morning it’s about interpreting the potential minefields of this seasons trends into wearable clothing, and key pieces you can buy in order to update your current wardrobe.
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You might already have one in the dark corners of your wardrobe, but if not seriously consider a black velvet jacket as your next purchase.  The high street is littered with variations. I particularly like this version with its one button closure, and neat nipped in waist.  You can belt it too, but to make it entirely your own, consider a broach like this . Diamanté version for Kate. It focuses the eye onto your waist, and gives a central point of reference for your outfit.  Worn it either over this Zara blouse with its delicate cuff, or undone with a dressed down white T.
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The second biggest trend on the High Street has to be the brocade trouser, in every colour, and pattern combination, but consider these ones from Next – as they are a perfect colour combination to take you from day to night.  The fabric is not going to bulk up an unforgiving thigh,  and the length allows for a sexy shoe for night, or a cool brogue for day. I have teamed it with a lace collared blouse from Simplybe.co.uk ,  and added two curved clip-on earrings worn together to create a broach.
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And finally why not some delicate lace? The difference this season is to style it up with modern twist. A larger bust look fabulous in this version from Zara. The slip underneath giving density to flatter your shape and leaving the delicacy of the lace showing through on your décolleté and arms. But instead of a skirt, mix it up with some more brocade trousers,  like these from Next and add a more hardcore metallic belt available from Dorothy Perkins.
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I was drawn to this dress from LK Bennett, as it had the best sized pattern for my colouring, and I never can sky away from a little glitz…I have cinched it in with a vintage stretchy green suede belt with a large jewelled front to counterbalance the shine of the fabric of the dress.
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