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    HOW to STYLE...A BRIGHT BROCADE SKIRT

    Styling statement pieces can be challenging: bright colours, extravagant patterns, and daring silhouettes may first appear to be ‘saved for best’. But why hide away such elegance, confidence, and sophistication?

    A MORE FORMAL NOTE
     
    Going sheer is an excellent way to experiment with silhouettes and textures. From ruched sheer dresses showcased by Roksanda in SS19 to Saint Laurent’s sheer shirts, playing with see-through and ‘barely there’ styles, this material is an excellent way to channel high fashion couture. Sheer items, as beautiful as they are, can be a daunting trend to embrace, so why not opt to layer with a cropped blazer and pair with a knee length brocade skirt? The mix of fabric with a longer skirt creates a sophisticated and elegant look, whilst the monochrome palette perfectly balances the vibrant pattern of the skirt. 
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Alexander McQueen, Earrings: Nordstrom, Shoes: Alexander McQueen, Blouse: Valentino, Coat: Balmain. 


    FABULOUS FRIDAY 
     

    Balance the vibrancy of the brocade pleated skirt with the subtlety of a baby pink palette. The slightly muted, pastel tones perfectly complement the bright reds and purples of the skirt, allowing it to shine whilst remaining sophisticated and elegant for all occasions. Opting for a wicker style bag adds a casual element, whilst a pair of stilettos helps to transform the look for an evening of glamour.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Miu Miu, Earrings: Gorjana, Watch: Hermes, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Blouse: Dolce & Gabbana


    AWARDS NIGHT ALLURE
     

    We return to sheer layering with this look – perfect for an awards’ night, or any other posh do you may have coming up! The sheer red blouse perfectly complements the touches of red in the brocade skirt, and a structured black blazer juxtaposes the soft flexibility of the skirt, creating a balanced, sophisticated look. Welcome red tones in your accessories for a coherent, vibrant look that’s ideal for the brave, bold and daring.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Earrings: Rejina Pyo, Watch: Michael Kors, Shoes: Valentino, Blazer: Saint Laurent, Blouse: Oscar de la Renta


    SOME SASS on the SIDE 
     

    ‘Underwear as outerwear’ has been a growing trend over recent years, with lingerie layering furthering this popular style last year. Inspired by Madonna’s iconic ‘Blond Ambition’ tour and notable looks of the 90s, as well as Lady GaGa’s world-renowned stage outfits that feature an array of rhinestone and leather bustiers, this trend is constantly evolving and being reinvented. Pairing our vibrant brocade skirt with a lace bodysuit is the perfect step into the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend and, with the addition of a cropped blazer, maintains a sexy silhouette while providing a little extra coverage. Finish the look with some black boots and a black bag to add the all-important sass.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Miu Miu, Earrings: Vivienne Westwood, Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti, Jacket: Off-White, Bodysuit: Oh la la Cheri


    THE POWER of PASTELS 
     
    Pastels were a huge trend in SS20, particularly in MaxMara’s SS20 collection which embraced pastel’s new punch. As we start looking ahead to AW20, there’s no reason to put the pastels away; pairing pastel greens and pinks with the deeper tones of this brocade skirt achieves the perfect balance of colours that will seamlessly carry you into the colder months. Opting for a cropped blazer will accentuate your figure, whilst the high neck top is weather-appropriate and elegant. Finish the look with some stilettoes and your favourite bag for a truly stylish and sophisticated look.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Moda Operandi, Shoes: Casadei, Earrings: Lele Sadoughi and Nordstrom, Blazer: Topshop, Blouse: Staud


    THE LADY BOSS 
     
    Power dressing is a necessary staple of many women’s wardrobes, with female empowerment consistently on the rise. Contrary to popular belief, power dressing doesn’t have to mean masculine fitted suits; the ‘power’ alluded to here comes from the confidence of the wearer. Our brocade skirt exudes confident elegance and, combined with a satin shirt and leather blazer, reflects an edgy sense of style successfully mixed with business sophistication. The neutral tones ensure professionalism but also complement the brocade skirt to avoid a busy, overpowered look.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Little Liffner, Shoes: Le Sila, Earrings: Chanel and Bounkit, Jacket: Materiel, Blouse: Reformation


     


    FLORAL EFFUSIONS 
     
    Red and purple are powerful colours, redolent of floral and majestic femininity. Embracing these connotations that our skirt exudes is easy to do, pairing it with a pink blouse, jacket, and bag. The lighter tones perfectly complement the boldness of the skirt, whilst a white shoe and gold accessories ensure the look is sophisticated and stylish – perfect for both the daytime and evening, and ensuring that the skirt is a true statement piece.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Gucci, Earrings: Jennifer Behr, Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Blazer: Alice + Olivia, Blouse: Acler


    SHE'S ELECTRIC 
     

    The fashion shows of 2020 presented a clear preference for futuristic colour palettes, comprising of electric blues, purples, and fluorescent yellows; even designers known for their minimalist inclinations (such as Bassaike and Matteau) experimented with aqua, greens, and yellows. Therefore, you can be confident in opting for electric blue shades – as demonstrated by the likes of Joseph Resort (2020) and Bondi Born Resort (2020) – to complement this brocade skirt. Finish the look with a pop of yellow to tie the outfit together!
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Jimmy Choo, Earrings: Anni Lu, Shoes: Casadei, Top: Atlein


    A SUMMERY INFUSION 
     

    Balancing the bright tones of this brocade skirt with pastel pinks and blues makes for the perfect summer outfit, especially as we enter the final months of the season. Against traditional, outdated assertions that ‘pink is for girls’ and ‘blue is for boys’, blending the two together creates beautiful outfits, illustrating a shift away from gender norms and towards a world where we are free to express creativity and personal style however we choose.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Shoes: Saint Laurent, Earrings: Fairfax & Roberts, Top: Free People


    TALKING BUSINESS
     

    Business wear is no longer bound to the confines of suit and ties, with business employees around the world slowly breaking down the expectations of mundane repetitiveness that we see in the everyday professional wardrobe. Why not take advantage of this newfound freedom, and opt for a bright and bold statement look in your next business meeting? Command the attention of the room in our statement skirt and red accessories: the colourway is a perfect method to subtly express confidence and empowerment.
    To get the look: 
    Skirt: ‘Olga Anderson’, Bag: Fendi, Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Earrings: Madewell, Belt: Gucci, Blazer: Dolce & Gabanna, Blouse: Fendi

    Ornate patterns and bright palettes don’t have to solely constitute ‘formal wear’. Special pieces can be worn for all occasions with the correct styling and accessories! Which outfit was your favourite?

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