Trends come and go, but broderie anglaise is a look that never goes out of style. Infinitely classic, delicate and beautiful, it is loved by elegant women the world over. And for SS21, it is bigger than ever. This season it has shifted from classic white to other hues and is lending itself brilliantly to pastels and softer tones.
There is something slightly escapist about broderie anglaise - it's whimsical and romantic - but the shift that's resulted from designers using more intricate patterns, irregular embroidery and interesting colours now makes it also feel very current and contemporary.
Whether in blouse or dress form, broderie anglaise pairs brilliantIy with cardis, jeans and chunky boots for spring or sunglasses and sandals for summer. It just somehow feels right to wear it for lunches with friends, summer picnics, school events and whole list of other summer activities that England enjoys. So, if you haven't already, embrace this beautiful look this season and you'll find it becomes a go-to year after year.
Be inspired by our top broderie anglaise pieces from our SS21 collection.
Clementin top in lavender £49
Romantic and bohemian, the Clementin top from French fashion house, Grace & Mila, features pretty 3/4 length balloon sleeves that bring structure to the top of the silhouette and the delicious pastel shade adds a vintage feel. It also comes in dusty blue. Styled here with our Cleo mini skirt in green.
Claudine maxi dress £99
Beautifully cool for summer, this maxi dress in cheesecloth features stunning broderie anglaise detailing on the balloon sleeves. With a relaxed fit, it can be worn as is or cinched in at the waist with an elasticated belt for a more tailored silhouette.
Oriane dress £79
Drape yourself in broderie anglaise from head to almost-toe with this divine dress for summer. Featuring short sleeves, a smocked elasticated waist for a gorgeous silhouette and a button front with flattering front slit.
Suzie top £45
The classic broderie anglaise top gets a little twist with a soft ruffle leading down from the shoulder, half-length balloon sleeves and keyhole opening at the back. Pair with a midi skirt for summer or high-waisted trousers for a truly chic look.
Laura dress £115
Up the romance and the vintage vibe with this Bardot style dress. The tie belt provides the perfect contrast to the body on the shoulders. It's the perfect summer holiday dress.
Ciel blouse £45
If you just want a touch of broderie anglaise this oh-so-pretty shirt feature it as a detail along the collar and cuffs. In a pretty shade of powder blue, the lightly ruched sleeves and pearl effect buttons all make for a soft, feminine look.
New Clotilde shirt £45
The Victorian collar on this lovely shirt just adds to the romance of the broderie anglaise. Pair with jeans for a soft, feminine look.
Karine shorts £39
These shorts combine two of our favourite things - broderie anglaise and pockets! And they come with a little pop of neon along the edge of the pocket. With a relaxed fit, the tie belt cinches you in at the waist.