ZALORA Trend Watch: Historical Romance

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by Joyce Chua

For all the romantic ladies who love their lace and ruffles, here’s good reason to rejoice: the old is new again as a dreamy trend revisits the Renaissance period.

On top of that, Baroque style is also seeing a resurgence. 

The difference between Victorian and Baroque fashion is that while the former usually features elements like lace, ruffles, and frills, with softer colours like pinks, greys, and pastels, the latter features bolder prints and war- toned colours like black, gold, maroon, and teal.

Here are a few standout features of the trend: 

Bows and Ties


King Louis XIII, who used to hire Croatian mercenaries who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform, was the first to make ties a statement accessory. To this day, the decorative effect of bows and ties is still going strong. For an extra dose of Baroque style, look for those with bold prints and patterns reminiscent of that era.


Embroidery and Applique

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There is something so timeless about classic Victorian elements that we keep revisiting them again and again. The spring 2018 take on the Romantic era highlights its regal delicacy, with wispy fabrics, fluid movement, lace, and embroidery.


Shaped Hem


Structural details bring some flair to an outfit, but none more so than shaped hems. Be it asymmetrical, scalloped, or frilled, the power of a shaped hem is not to be undermined. Even better, play with textures and let these details elevate your outfit.


Opulent Trims


This is not a look for the faint-hearted! Tassels and trims bring movement to an outfit that is all about show-stopping flair. Play up the drama with a fringed drBess and pair it with flared sleeves. 


Bold Prints


Dramatic prints, patterns, and embroidery make for great statement pieces. Classic motifs — from Baroque to Art Nouveau — add a generous dose of opulence that lets you command whichever room you enter.


What are your favourite details from this trend? Let us know in the comments box below!