Is Brocade Having a Moment?

Lindsey Lanquist
Is Brocade Having a Moment?
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When it comes to fabrics, there are a few stars of the show. Denim is a timeless classic. Silk offers an elegant upgrade to any silhouette. Cashmere is a must-have during colder months. Leather obviously warrants a mention. And satin, chenille and wool all deserve their moment in the sun, too.

But brocade? Brocade might just be one of the last textiles that comes to mind.

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The fabric is a rich one, usually crafted from thick silk and woven in such a way to make it look embossed. But that hasn’t translated to contemporary clout. The word brocade really just conjures up imagery of the Middle Ages, or maybe the Renaissance.

Where the fabric has found a modern-day home is in draperies and furniture. Brocade hangs from the ceilings in opulent window treatments, covers couches that boast grand silhouettes and adorns the armchairs many seek solace in on Sunday afternoons.

But recent data out of Pinterest suggests that brocade is making something of a sartorial comeback. Users are searching for and saving photos of brocade clothing 37 percent more this year than they were last year. The fabric is sneaking into designer collections, trickling down to our favorite retailers and slowly making its way into our closets.

And we’re not mad about it. The fabric—with all its Middle Age nobility and fancy furniture connotations—promises to infuse our wardrobes with a kind of luxury we’re always in the mood for. Nothing dresses up a pair of jeans like a shiny brocade top—and nothing complements a party dress like a pair of showy brocade booties.

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Ahead, we’ve highlighted 27 brocade pieces we’ve added to our wish lists this season. From tops and bottoms to dresses and statement accessories, it’s clear brocade has thoroughly pervaded the style sphere, and we’re just excited for the opportunity to casually elevate our day-to-day looks.

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Majorelle Tiffany Blazer Top

A rich fabric in an even richer jewel tone? Yes, please.

Majorelle Tiffany blazer top, $158 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
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Bienen-Davis Brocade Satin Clutch

So pretty we can't help but stare.

Bienen-Davis brocade satin clutch, $3,196 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Les Chaussons de la Belle Brocade Bow Booties

Talk about a statement shoe.

Les Chaussons de la Belle brocade bow booties, $1,090 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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Peter Pilotto A-Line Floral Brocade Miniskirt

Proof a fancy fabric can be rendered in distinctly modern way.

Peter Pilotto A-line floral brocade miniskirt, $952 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Prada Floral Brocade Top

The most luxurious little crop top you ever did see.

Prada floral brocade top, $637 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Dolce & Gabbana Pochette Envelope Clutch

A clutch that'll demand as much attention as the dress you pair it with.

Dolce & Gabbana Pochette envelope clutch, $1,849 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Biyan Floral Brocade Dress

The brocade equivalent of the T-shirt dress.

Biyan floral brocade dress, $1,570 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Majorelle Deana Pant

The easiest way to take a look from glam to glammer.

Majorelle Deana pant, $158 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
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Noir Kei Ninomiya Floral Brocade Blouse

The texture on this one makes for a seriously dynamic addition to any closet.

Noir Kei Ninomiya floral brocade blouse, $965 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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Romance Was Born Harlequin Brocade Skirt

Two brocades are better than one.

Romance Was Born harlequin brocade skirt, $428 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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La DoubleJ Bouncy Lilium Verde Coat

A coat that doubles as a dress—win/win.

La DoubleJ Bouncy Lilium Verde coat, $1,739 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Gucci Dionysus Embellished Shoulder Bag

So stunning it honestly belongs in a museum.

Gucci Dionysus embellished shoulder bag, $5,050 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Stella McCartney Floral Brocade Cropped Trousers

Currently available for 70 percent off. (Just saying.)

Stella McCartney floral brocade cropped trousers, $248 (was $828) at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Gucci Floral Brocade Tunic Top

The perfect look for the holidays—or, you know, any other day you feel like wearing a super-luxe gold brocade tunic.

Gucci floral brocade tunic top, $1,600 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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Bienen-Davis 4 A.M. Floral Brocade Clutch

Pretty shiny things are our kryptonite.

Bienen Davis 4 A.M. floral brocade clutch, $1,376 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Dries Van Noten Chunky Heel Brocade Booties

Dries Van Noten can do no wrong, and these brocade booties are no exception.

Dries Van Noten chunky heel brocade booties, $715 at Neiman Marcus

Photo: Neiman Marcus.
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Prada Floral Brocade Dress

Pretty in pink. Pretty in Prada. Stunning in brocade.

Prada floral brocade dress, $1,159 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Privacy Please Rowan Top

This brocade top would look just as great dressed up as it would dressed down.

Privacy Please Rowan top, $128 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
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Paloma Spain Flared Trousers

We can't resist a statement trouser. We just can't.

Palomo Spain flared trousers, $502 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Stina Jacket

The ultimate power suit.

House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Stina jacket, $248 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
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Gucci Floral Brocade Trousers

Statement pants that transcend seasonality.

Gucci floral brocade trousers, $1,600 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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Rochas Gerbera Floral-Brocade Midi Dress

This dress is sure to make its wearer feel like a doll.

Rochas Gerbera floral-brocade midi dress, $2,027 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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Rupert Sanderson Malory Floral Brocade Pumps

In case you prefer a pop of brocade to an all-brocade ensemble.

Rupert Sanderson Malory floral brocade pumps, $813 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
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William Vintage Leonard Brocade Dress

Paisley meets brocade meets-metallic. Sounds so wrong but looks so right.

William Vintage Leonard brocade dress, $2,268 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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MSGM Floral Brocade Jacket

It's official—cozying up in brocade is totally a thing.

MSGM floral brocade jacket, $414 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
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For Love and Lemons Brocade Floral Pants

Pair with a tank in the summer and a sweater in the winter, and you'll be set all year long.

For Love and Lemons brocade floral pants, $189 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
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Calvin Klein Brocade Smock Dress

A seriously textured take on the smock dress.

Calvin Klein brocade smock dress, $1,887 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.

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