Wearable Trends: Victorian Style Secrets

What was once old is new again is a fashion mantra. This spring, not just one single trend but an entire era of yesterday is on full display for all of us fashion-lovers to appreciate. Victorian-inspired fashion is trickling its way into our spring wardrobe and I must admit, I love it. High necklines, ruffles, brocade, rich colors and textures and full sleeves are now all spring-appropriate looks, proving that less skin can be more. And even though back in the day many of these details were reserved for royalty, in our present day it doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom, a high powered corporate gal or a free-loving jetsetter, there is always room to fit this trend in your life and style.

Since you don’t want to look like you stepped straight out of a time machine, subtlety is key. You want to stay modern by choosing one romantic piece and keep everything else simple. I love a rich brocade skirt with a crisp white button down or a tissue-thin tee and some comfy flats, or a sheer tie-neck blouse with full sleeves paired with a pair of skinny jeans and some sky-high stilettos for a night out. This trend is so much fun so feel free to play around! It’s not every day we get to relive such a colorful time through our personal style, so take advantage before it makes its way back in the fashion history books!

Runway and Celebrity Style:

Erdem Spring ’16 RTW

Elizabeth Banks

DSquared2 Spring ’16 RTW

Get The Look:

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Brocade Cocktail Dress, now $246

RED Valentino Sleeveless Lace-Bib Blouse, $595

Alice + Olivia Loryn Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle-Sleeve Blouse, Orange, $220

Lanvin Puffy Sleeve Jacket, $2,145

Halston Heritage Mock-Neck High-Low Gown, $525

– Carmen Turner

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