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Last Update: September 16, 2017
Sequin Bomber Jacket
1X - 3X
Embroidered Lace Shirt
Size 14 - 22W
Size 14 - 32W
Tops with beading, embroidery, or other
embellishments are frequently part of the
BoHo style with
peasant tops and kurta tunics the most frequent
cuts. Different ethnic and folk traditions
use distinctive patterns and embellishment
styles that trend in and out of the overall
bohemian style and occasionally going
mainstream. Vintage referencing looks such
as the Great Gatsby or Art Deco, and the Hippie
Chic of the 1960's and 1970's also play into the
use of different types of beading, embroidery,
and decoration. But other types of embellishment and
styles can become trendy looks
more appealing to mainstream fashion followers.
Beading and sequins are also typical of both
holiday festive fashion
looks during the winter. Some are more
formal options perfect for mixing with evening
pants or skirts for party outfits, while others
are suitable with more casual looks.
Lord & Taylor
are the most likely of the upscale department
stores to offer beaded evening separates in more
mature styles in size 14 to 24W. Draper's & Damon's
has evening twin sets and kimonos that are often
embellished in size 4 to 24W.
options are also regularly available from
in size 0 to 24W. They will also often
carry embroidered BoHo peasant top looks in the
same size range.
is the spot for extended sizes 12 to 38W where
both beaded jackets and kimonos for evening
wear, and beaded and embroidered tunics with a
bohemian flavor can be purchased.
has a similar mix available in size XL to 5X.
Trendy fashionistas will find the most selection
during the holiday shopping season for evening
and embroidered BoHo looks as we move into the
summer festival season.
Torrid has an edgier feel with
studs, grommets, sequins, and rhinestone looks
in both casual and party styles, also with more
BoHo style looks when trends are driving that
direction for size XL to
Simply Be and
can both be well worth a stop for more unusual pieces in
extended sizes. In addition to their own labels,
both stock harder to find British brands such as Little
Mistress, Alice + You, and Lovedrobed for sizes 10
to 24W. All three offer quick and inexpensive shipping
for U.S. and Canadian customers. Australia's counterpart,
available for quick shipping through Nordstrom,
has become wildly popular with trendier fashionistas
here in the U.S. and tends to stock evening glam
options for size 14 to 24W.
As the BoHo trend has been mainstreaming,
has added more options with folk inspired embroidery,
along with the occasional piece with beading around a
neckline appropriate for evenings in size 14 to 32W.
Bryant has added more pieces with daytime glam,
including beaded necklines, in styles that can often
double for nights out in size 14 to 28W.
regularly features contemporary
styles with an artistic touch and detailing
including trims, beading, and embroiders for
size S to 3X. Those looking for a more
romantic or vintage style will find a good
for sizes 2 to 28W.
High end designer looks from labels such as
Johnny Was, Carolyn Rose, and Michael Simon that
feature beading and embroidery in contemporary
and BoHo looks are regularly available at
in size 14 to 24W.
tends to have more formal, evening separates included
embellished tops during the spring wedding and holiday
party seasons for sizes 14 to 24W.