How to Wear the Victoriana Trend for Evening Invites

The Victoriana trend continues is fashion reign for AW17 – and it is occasionwear which is leading the way.  From Elie Saab and Valentino to Alberta Ferretti, designers have offered a modern take on the most nostalgic trend of the moment, with the high street following suite. From neo-Gothic dresses to sheer lace blouses, find out how to wear the Victoriana trend for every evening invite this season, and lend glamorous allure to your after-dark wardrobe.

Elie Saab | Alberta Ferretti | Valentino | Elie Saab


Gothic Romance

Left: Elie Saab. Right: Victoria Lace Dress, £119

Spotted on the runways at Elie Saab, the Victoriana dress is proving to be this season’s answer to the LBD. Darkly decadent and full of drama, this statement-making style is designed with sheer lace detailing on the sleeves, bodice and across the hemline, creating a striking silhouette. Wear yours with bare legs and black heeled shoes.


New Victoriana

Victoria Lace Top, £69 | Iris Coated Jean, £59 | Embroidered Pouch, £25 | Velvet Platform Sandals, £55

The signature Victoriana blouse has been updated with sheer black lace and romantic ruffle detailing, earning its place in your party season rotation. Style it with coated black skinny jeans, elongating your silhouette with velvet block heels. Inject a dose of colour to the all-black palette with an embroidered clutch bag, detailed with glamourous golds, reds and pinks, and a smattering of sequins.


Emerald Allure

Left: Elie Saab. Right: Constanza Lace Dress, £69

Victoriana styling doesn’t always equate to head-to-toe black. Jewel-toned lace dresses were one of the highlights at Elie Saab’s AW17 show, with the trend transitioning onto the high street. Introduce it into your evening style with this emerald green lace dress, crafted with sheer blouson sleeves and a high neckline. Block heels and a simple clutch bag are the only accessories that you need.


Modern Opulence

Rene Lace Top, £49 | Scarlet All Over Sequin Skirt, £69 | Vivian Velvet Clutch, £35 | Vivian Velvet Court Shoes, £55

Detailed with sheer floral lace and a high neckline, a Victoriana-inspired top makes a fashion-forward alternative to staple black styles. Enhance its opulent feel with a gold sequin skirt, its embellishments arranged in baroque leaf-like patterns. Finish the look with vintage-inspired velvet court shoes and a matching clutch bag.


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