Embellish Much?

July 25, 2008 • Magazine

Embellish Much?

Embellish Much?

Fri, 2008-07-25 11:00

Andra Naylor

I love it when people say they might have embellished something instead of just admitting they were exaggerating. But whereas exaggeration implies something that’s overstated, embellishment actually implies understated details.

Embellishment can transform a dress from beautiful to stunning, it can pull an outfit together, and it certainly makes your look more memorable. But remember — a little embellishment goes a long way, so either wear it with classic accessories or vice versa, but not both.

This entire column was inspired by one simple embellishment – a fan pleat on the high neck of an almond silk dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim complemented with sparkling Swarovski crystals on the skirt ($750 on net-a-porter.com).

Karta’s sweet dresses and tops are finished with the label’s signature mod beading, in this case a luxe bloom and leaves on a 3/4 sleeve black and white print dress ($303 at revolveclothing.com).

Often unexpected, an embellishment can turn up anywhere, like on Gold Hawk’s Tribal Matte Short Sleeve Top with exquisite beading on both front and back (on sale for $82.50 at shopbop.com).

Tory Burch has mastered the allure of the embellishment, just think of the logo plate that adorns her famous Reva flats that continue to sell out season after season. I love her imaginative application of embellishment on clothing, too, like the stone pattern sewed into simple summer tanks (on sale for $105 at toryburch.com).

DKNY’s wool blend skirt will take you into fall. The charcoal base color is complemented by intricate chain stitch embroidery with beaded embellishment ($175 at dkny.com).

Add your own embellishment to a classic look with a bold necklace like Beth Lauren’s bib-style necklace made of metallic canvas and gold metal bugle beads ($238 at intermixonline.com).

Dolce Vita’s Dress Sandals are right on trend with a modern embellishment — flat disc metallic ornaments on the T-strap. Perfectly embellished, yet perfectly understated. Available at piperlime.com for $105.

Image Layout: Jessica Piraro

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