As we move into the fall season, we are slowly starting to look into the past for fashion inspiration. A few designers were thinking the same thing but just a little further back, like the 18th century where the baroque style first appeared. This style is not to be mistaken with your grandmother’s curtains. It may look scary at first but this is a trend that everyone can try. Brocade-inspired pieces are meant to take center stage, so let the main piece do the talking and keep the rest of the outfit simple. Think strong structures and rich fabrics- lace, velvet and satin- in sophisticated neutrals for the maximum fashion forward effect. Unless you are blessed with a long sleek body, brocade isn’t a head to toe friendly trend. It needs to be broken up with a solid color. To create a classy and ladylike look, balance a gold brocade pair of pants with slim silhouettes and a tough accent piece like a chunky bracelet. A peplum shirt will help produce the appearance of a slimmer waist. The classic yet striking nature of this fabric takes simple designs and drowns it with character.