How to Wear Brocade
The centuries-old textile (it dates back to the Byzantine Empire!) is having a renaissance. Here, your most flattering ways to wear it.
If You’re Full Figured
Whatever your best feature, that’s where you should sport brocade. Shapely legs? Go for a skirt or tapered pants. A slender
waist? Slip on a nipped-in jacket. One hint: A larger-scale pattern looks more slimming than a tiny one, says Evans.
The Head-to-Toe Look
A nice surprise: These pants are made of a nonclingy, lightweight fabric and have a discreet elastic waist for a comfortable
fit. Colorful trousers call for black everywhere else. Well, except for a touch of pretty sparkle at the neck.
To buy: Marina Rinaldi polyester-and-acetate pants, $420, 212-734-4333. Jones New York Collection top, $59, jny.com. Ann Taylor necklace with glass stones, $79.50, anntaylor.com. Pretty Ballerinas leather flats, $225, botticellishoes.com for info.