The Fab 40s in Embroidery

Embroidery 1I was so excited when Sheela called this month’s Fab 40s’ theme to be embroidery. I have tons of embroidered items–any time I travel I seem to pick up one more embroidered bag. But then, when it actually came for me to style an outfit, I realized that really all I have are just that–a bunch of embroidered bags. It wasn’t until I was storing away my fancy clothing from the holidays that I remembered I have this embroidered beaded top (styled here with culottes) and this separate embroidered beaded skirt (styled for holiday dressing here). Since it’s unusually cold in Hong Kong right now, I wanted to figure out how to style these two separates while remaining warm at the same time. Enter the black velvet suit I was admiring pre-holiday season. I was so excited when I spotted this coveted black velvet suit up in a Zara in Vancover on super, super sale. To be honest during our holiday trip home, I became completely swayed by the post holiday season sales. I hadn’t been around these sales for many years; you could say I have made up for lost time! From suede culottes and a cashmere pink sweater to new Madewell jeans, I’ve filled in some gaps in my wardrobe! One final thought on the way I styled the embroidery theme. Wearing trousers under a dress or skirt is an easy way to do two things to an outfit: stay warm and also dress it down.

And now my two questions for you: Do you wear embroidered items? And, would you wear trousers under a skirt or dress?

Ready for more embroidery styled inspiration?

The Fab 40s in Emroidery!

Sheela invited the majorly classy Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish to join us this month. She displays such intricate details in her blouse and sweater. Sheela has a rockin’ awesome cloud sweatshirt that I want. Dixie is plain gorgeous in all winter white. And Dawn Lucy is our boho babe in a funky vest. There are many options for embroidery here…which way do you gravitate toward?

Jess’ Outfit Details
Embroidered/embellished blouse–Chicwish
Green embroidered jacket–Anthropologie
Pointed flats–Target
Handbag–Charming Charlie
Earrings–Green Tree Jewelry (an Asheville boutique)

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Sheela’s Outfit Details:
Cloud Sweater–H&M
Plaid Top, Green Suede Skirt, Pinstriped Fedora & Embellished Leather Collar–Poshmark (follow
Tasseled Green Suede Heels–JustFab
Ring–House of Harlow
Lipgloss–Vapour Plumping Elixir in Entice via Safe & Chic

Dixie Embroidery
Dixie’s Outfit Details:
Skirt and Top–NYC Boutique
Shoes–Dolce & Gabbana
Coat–Banana Republic
Bag–French Connection

Dawn Lucy’s Outfit Details:
Vest & Bag–thrifted
Jeans–KUT from the Kloth
Clogs–Zigi Soho
Sweater–Karen Scott

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My Outfit Details:
Velvet suit–Zara
Necklace and Earring Set–J.Crew
Top and Skirt–Forever 21 (actually not a set–purchased separately!)

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  • Dawn Lucy

    Your look is my fav this month, Annie! So chic and glam! And I’m oh so happy to be the Fab 40’s boho babe! Love that!


    Dawn Lucy

    • Oh thanks DL! Whenever you pull out those rockin’ awesome clogs you will be our BOHO BABE! I want a pair!! A x

  • I love this looks! (Glad you got to make up for lost time during the after Xmas sales…). And, yes, I wear pants under a dress. I don’t have any embroidered items, but if I find the right one, I would definitely add it to my wardrobe!

    • Pants underneath is the one sure way to beat the cold–that’s for sure! All the best in your hunt for the perfect piece of embroidery Andrea! A x

  • SheelaGoh

    I love your outfit the best, Annie!!! Beautifully curated. Just beautiful.

    • Ahh, sheesh! Thanks Sheela! Wanna trade your cloud sweatshirt for something? Now that I love!! A x

  • Awesomeness alert!!!
    This is Stunning Ann!

    I love the DOT look (dress over trousers) or in this case; the skirt-and-top-that-look-like-they-were-made-for-each-other over trousers look!
    This is you at your best…..
    Monochrome with a super-stylish twist.

    • Oh Samantha! Thank you so much for ALL your kind words. You’re making me blush! I have to admit, my first try just wasn’t good enough, so that’s why I tried again. So excited for The Fab 40s next month. Wink wink!! A x

  • Anna Parkes

    Ann you’re rocking this look in the most chic and elegant of ways! I love the monochrome theme too which is very understated and a good ploy with all of that fancy stitchwork. I don’t really do much in the way of layering but you’ve made it look so effective, perhaps I need to give it a try? I have some navy velvet trousers waiting for their debut and this might be the answer. I totally love embroidered clothes and am trying out of couple of dresses this weekend which may be coming a cruising with me. Great post xxx
    Anna’s Island Style

  • I do have some embroidered items and I love it up and until the point I snag the embroidery!!! The downside of it. And would I wear trousers under a skirt – I’m not sure I’m tall enough to be able to get away with that!!
    You can as you’ve the right proportions and this look is so elegant – dressy but not over dressy – it that makes sense. And I love the different textures here too I want to reach out and feel them – especially the velvet. Always decadent!

  • You said the skirt and top are not a set, but they go so well together. It is a very beautiful set which you gave a twist with the velvet suit. I would never have thought of that, but it makes it more youthful. And just as a by-the-way it says… bag: Chanel. Tsssss.