Broderie Anglaise: So Much More Than White Lace...

Broderie Anglaise: So Much More Than White Lace...
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Broderie anglaise is the ultimate nostalgia trend, but the SS15 revival is far edgier than we've seen before. From shirts to shorts, see our edit of the best bits...

Broderie anglaise is the ultimate nostalgia trend. Children’s dresses, countryside table cloths, pillowcases… Ok, we’re daydreaming, but it’s come a long way since.

This summer, broderie anglaise (the French for 'English embroidery') is back - but not as you know it.

Combined with the pretty feminine aesthetic of old; it's sheer, laser-cut, risque and, frankly, difficult to wear. That said, it's well worth a try.

After the dresses at Chloe, Valentino and Erdem, we had our summer look sorted (in our heads) but in reality, white lace has its downsides… Transport, food, drink, unexpected stationary issues, make-up… In short, everything in our lives. Plus, we've heard full-body lace panelling doesn't fly at the office.

But this season's broderie is a little tougher, a little more practical. It's a little less saccharin - which can only be a good thing for a bunch of self-respecting women.

Breaking free of the broderie of old, this season we saw it in not just white but a range of colours. Valentino mixed it up at fashion week, and the high street offering is truly covetable; our favourites being Zimmermann's cobalt separates and bold red dress.

By Malene Birger, Whistles and even old high street reliable Next have a range of chic work-friendly pieces, ideal for mixing up your office repertoire for summer. Karen Millen has mixed things up with oversized eyelet detailing.

It’s undoubtedly the perfect fabric for wedding seasons. We highly doubt we’re the only ones who were getting just a little bit bored of safe navy and black lace, and lace guipure answered our sartorial prayers. Seen at Valentino, the chunky floral detailing – verging on laser-cut – gives it that much-needed edge. Our go-to brand is undoubtedly Self Portrait. Designer Han Chong’s oversized silhouttes and feminine fabrics make for the perfect occasion dresses – and best thing is; unlike high street styles, you’ll be the only one with it.

Check out our pick of the best broderie pieces to shop now…

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