Highstreet Baroque!

By Stephanie O’Quigley.

Cheer up, yiz are in Paris!

‘Baroque’ has been trending hugely on the runways for A/W 2012 trends. One high street store that has taken this look and run a mile with it is River Island, they do a great interpretations for a fraction of the price. I think the ‘Baroque’ trend (or ‘Berocca’ as I like to say) is one of my favourite trends this year. This and the recent Pastel/Pretty in Pink summer trend which made everyone look like an waitress in an ice-cream parlour. No joke, I want to be a ‘Primadonna Girl’.

Unfortunately, because of the nature of the trend the prices of this clothing style is hiked up. However, I have sourced some high street versions just for you!  All the embellishments, assorted material and embroidery make the items a little more expensive to make. The good thing is this style has a ‘rich’ feeling about it. Over the top in a classy way, you just need one piece to demonstrate this look. I’ve put together this collaboration so that you can have  highstreet ‘Baroque’.


New Look – Bodycon, 25euro.

Tapestry Jacket – Boohoo.com, 58euro.


These are all based on sterling prices. This is just an approx conversion. Most of these styles are best suited for night time wear and they can be a bit over the top for daywear. Make sure you keep it minimal, simplicity is key with these trend. Black shoes and/or tights would go well with these styles and possibly a dab of red or deep maroon colour lippy to add a splash of colour!

Dresses.ie – 49euro.








Loving this one from Dresses.ie, an Irish website clothing website. And for under 50euro where could you go wrong? Team this with red lipstick and your hair in a high bun and you’ve smashed the look!

Newlook – 30euro, bodycon.





Nastygal.com – $38


There is a lot going on in this dress for sure! It speaks for itself really, remember to keep the hair simple and sleek. It will make the look more expensive that it actually is. 😉




If your looking for something different, this American site Nastygal.com has it. Not many Irish lasses will be walking Grafton St. in any of their stuff. This slouchy top gives a more casual look for ‘Baroque’, but still can be worn out at night. Double bonus!







The whole trend is what you make it, a simple embellished top with a blazer could be enough for you or maybe you like to go all out with one of these dresses and some gold jewellery. Its all about dressing up and looking luxurious, who wouldn’t want that?