I know that embroidery is (surprisingly!) polarising but I have always liked it. I think I have a folk streak. But my urban side generally beats it into submission.

Exhibit A:

I bought this A line embroidered velvet skirt about 15 years ago. It's a good quality cotton velvet and lined. I haven't worn it for some years but, as both embroidery and velvet are "back", I decided to resurrect it.

I remember when I bought this skirt I was concerned about the apron effect of the embroidery. A bit Swiss milkmaid I used to wear it with a long top to cover the top part of the pattern.

This time around I have decided not to worry about that! I wore it with a short top so that the embroidery shows. I am going full folk, folks! If I could, I would braid my hair around the crown of my head to complete the look.

Exhibit B:

This is the embroidered floral Moto jacket that I bought late last year. I am finding it more difficult to style than I expected. Most of the outfits that I have come up with have leant a little too hard edge for my liking. We are in the coldest part of our winter now, so I am wearing black opaque tights and black shoes a lot, and that doesn't help.

Anyhow, I was happier with this combination because the lighter boots and the stripes softened things (to my eye anyway). Plus... pattern mix! I am going to count it as a triple pattern mix because I wore a floral ring (last pic). I love finding new ways to wear floral.

The dress is an older Bailey 44 dress. I am sure many of you recognise it. I would buy another if they were still around. I wore it with a Zara knit top layered over the top for some added warmth and to de-bombshell it.

Your thoughts welcome

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