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Last Update: March 4, 2018
Vintage Beaded Dress
6 - 28W
S - 3X
1X - 3X
Beading, embroidery and embellishments can turn
up in almost any style of clothing. A
staple component of some looks such as the hand
crafted and ethnic tradition infused
BoHo style or
the spiked and studded toughness of the Punk
style, it can also enhance a variety of other
classic to trendy clothing styles. Although
beads, sequins and embroidery are the most
common other embellishments can include hardware
such as buckles and zippers, appliqués, and soutache braiding. Embellished tops
and dresses are the most common, although
sometimes embroidery and beading can turn up on
other items such as jeans.
have long used crystals, beads,
other embellishments to add sparkle and shine,
but casual, daytime looks are increasingly using this
design element as well. High end
often adds luxury touches through fine hand bead
work which can be emulated with machine produced
embellishments at lower price points.
and tees are known for the bling of sparkly
beads and embroidery that celebrate the festive
Some fashion seasons also produce beaded,
embroidered, studded and embellished
such as shoes, belts, and handbags. The holiday
party season often mixes velvets,
beading and sequins, lace, and metallics for sparkly looks in both formal and
During the holiday shopping season pieces with
more embellishments are found at most retailers
throughout our shopping directories,
regardless of style. Depending on the year
sequins, beading, lace trims, and other
embellished looks take center stage as
holiday parties get going.
Of the high end, luxury designer plus-size
tends to carry the most labels with embroidery
and embellishments. Many looks have a
distinctly upscale resort and BoHo flavor. Look
especially for the Johnny Was and Michael Simon
The evening looks from brands such as Pisarro
Nights and Adrianna Papell which are regularly
tend to be heavily beaded, along with formalwear
labels such as Terani Couture and Mac Duggal.
Those looking for beaded Gatsby and flapper
dresses will find an excellent selection at
Check out the "Prom" tab for vintage inspired
evening gowns many of which are heavily
embellished with sizes available as large as
also has party frocks and dresses with vintage
style beading and detailing for size XS to 4X.
As the BoHo style tribe influence has
reverberated through trendy fashion,
particularly in the resort and summer festival
seasons, trendier stores and labels have added
more beaded and embroidered tops and jeans to
their inventory. Those looking for a
balance of trend and quality will want to look
for labels such as Lucky Brand, Jessica Simpson,
and Democracy along with occasional pieces from
diffusion collections from Ralph Lauren, Vince
Camuto, and Michael Kors. Mainly available
from the better department stores such as
Nordstrom it's also worth checking the
racks at their off-price sister retailers such
as Last Call
Creek combines natural fibers and
quality casuals with artisanal detailing.
A reliable source for BoHo embroidered tops and
tunics, gorgeous embroidered silk topper
jackets, and occasionally embroidered jeans,
they also carry a small collection of special
occasion wear that regularly includes beaded
cocktail and evening dresses for size 6 to 24W.
Surroundings is a must stop for those
who enjoy global style and natural fibers.
Traditional beading and embroideries along with
ethnic patterns are the norm here in sweeping
maxi skirts, flowing tunic tops, and kimono
jackets for sizes 2 to 24W, with petite and
talls to 18.
The embellished jeans collection from
McCarthy is also noteworthy with
extended sizes from 6 to 28W available from the
previously mentioned department stores and
retailers such as
has a goth, bohemian, and steampunk vibe to many
of their tops, dresses, footwear, accessories,
and separates collections that are often heavily
embellished in size 2 to 28W.
Damon's also offers fun and whimsically
beaded sweaters and tops, along with more formal
beaded jackets and cocktail sets for evening in
sizes 6 to 24W.
Those who wear extended plus-size
will find both more embroidery with a casual,
bohemian flavor and evening beading at
with sizes 12 to 38W.
eShakti is a
must stop for those looking for embroidered
dresses in both vintage silhouettes and more
boho maxi styles, along with a smaller
collection of embroidered skirts, tunics, and
denim separates for sizes 0 to 36W which can all
be adjusted for individual height.