Style by Claire Lopez

Jacquard of all trades

Nope this is not a post about soft furnishings in stately homes, because thanks to Prada’s AW16 collection, brocade and jacquard are top of the party-wear hit parade and while a little black number may be a safe option, have some fun with a bit of print and colour.

Karen Millen has this Rose Gold Jacquard Dress £190 which would look amazing on dark haired and olive skinned beauties.

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Or for a more sedate option there is this Gold Floral Jacquard Dress £170.

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Whistles currently has a promo on its party wear and this Gwyneth Jacquard Dress is down to £115 from £195. A more Oriental design than a lot of jacquards which are much more traditionally ‘interiors’ looking.

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If you are wanting to stay south of £100, then Warehouse has this Camo Animal Jacquard Dress reduced to £44. Terrible footwear here. Lose the chunky platform and go sandal, court or ankle boot.

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And ASOS has this High Neck Mini Dress for £50 which I think is very lovely.

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Or what about a Jacquard Jumpsuit for £65? Am strangely drawn to this but would almost certainly be a man/husband repeller.

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On the skirt front, a midi would be the most on-trend style and this Warner Jacquard Midi Skirt £60 from Oasis is lovely.

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Annoyingly it is more or less out of stock so for something similar, M&S has this Jacquard A-Line Skirt with Belt £49.50. The styling is very – well M&S – on their website but it doesn’t have to be. Pair with a simple sweater or t-shirt and a pair of courts or ankle boots. Definitely a 9-9 option for the party season.

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New Look has this Apricot Black Jacquard Metallic Midi Skirt at a mere £32.

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For something different, Coast has this Carmen High Low Midi Skirt £129.

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If it is a mini that you are after, then Karen Millen has this very lovely Gold Jacquard A-Line Skirt £99. You don’t have to do dressy, you can dress this down with a sweater and some ankle boots.

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Or if you can lay your hands on one of the few left, then Oasis has two different colourways of this Warner Jacquard Mini Skirt £38.

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And in the blue. Now I have to be honest, while I have nothing in my life that requires me to wear heels and a party frock (the lack of an office party and all that – although my husband more than makes up for it with no less than three, plus a boozy lunch with friends and a black tie thingy – harrumph last night I cleaned the oven, I kid you not) I could square away a little skirt worn with a nice simple sweater because it strikes the right balance between dressy and casual.

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Jacquard doesn’t end with skirts because you can also go down the trouser route too with these Carlotta Black Jacquard Trousers £110 from Reiss.

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Or you could go suited with this Floral Vintage Jacquard Cigarette Trouser £40 and matching Jacket £60. Possibly a bit much for most though…

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So ring the changes this year and swap your LBD for a Little Brocade Dress or don a skirt and get festive – even if it’s just for dancing round the kitchen with the kids to Mariah’s All I want for Christmas is You (not that that is me…) or something infinitely cooler.

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