Country singer Taylor Swift keeps it simple in a cute blue and gold brocade dress

With the party season fast approaching, you may be starting to think about your party looks – and in a sea of black dresses there is hope: brocade.

What’s brocade? Well, fashion followers… it’s a heavy fabric of silk, cotton or wool that is woven with a raised design – often with metallic threads – making it the ideal autumn fabric with just a hint of sparkle.

Rocking this very look now is country singer Taylor Swift seen here leaving TV studios in New York in a blue and gold prom dress from Rebecca Taylor.  

Other fashionistas seen out in brocade include Ali Larter, Renee Zellweger, and the true fashion queen of them all, Anna Wintour, who has been spotted on more than one occasion in this ‘vintage-style fabric’.

Girls, get your fix now…

We’re loving this silver strapless number from Rare at Topshop, £49, left.

For a more girly feel this bargain bowed frock from Goddiva, £18, centre, won’t break the piggy bank.

Or, this classy gold shift by Teatro at Littlewoods, £75, right, will see you through the party season and beyond. (What’s more you get a free pashmina if you order this dress online!)

Bonita Turner