Is there a more opulent fabric than brocade? Hell no. But what exactly is it? Merriam-Webster defines it as a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver. We define it as the must-wear trend that’s popping up everywhere from Gucci to Stella McCartney. Here are four ways to make it work in your wardrobe.

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Full Skirt

Play into the rich detail with a full skirt that fits in just as well with a plain T-shirt as it does a shimmery cami. Holiday season has nothing on you.

Get the look: Eliza J ($168); RedValentino ($195); Sachin and Babi Noir ($208)

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The easiest way to zap the Monday blues: wear the pants—these pants specifically. Just think about how much more joy they’ll bring than your plain black trousers.

Get the look: Stella McCartney ($207); Co ($223); Kate Spade ($228)

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Party Dress

We love sequins, but there’s no denying that brocade is a little more grown-up. Rock a silk mini with your best dancing shoes for all the compliments.

Get the look: City Chic ($150); Laundry by Shelli Segal ($168); Xscape ($198)

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Mules are one of the biggest shoe trends of the season and even brocade is getting in on it. When done up in a rich printed fabric, these shoes are the outfit.

Get the look: Halogen ($90); Rochas ($620); Gucci ($940) 

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